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Unique Rest

Each of us has a unique pattern that recharges us. I remember the first time I became aware of this.  We were on our way to a family gathering.  The kids were in the car, and my wife Toni and I were… Read More

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Feeling Safe and Stuck at Home at the Same Time

You’ve probably seen hundreds of memes related to the Covid-19 virus that have recently flooded the internet and social media. What makes a meme work is that there is some universally understood truth behind their meaning. If I could reduce all the… Read More

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Choosing Yourself is Not Neglecting Your Family

One of the most challenging things for my husband and I since we became parents has been trying to find time for anything other than work and things that concern our children. From the moment they became ours, our children consumed our… Read More

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Parenting Takes Courage

Confession: I lay awake at night and worry about my kids. It’s true. I know that worry is a waste of time. I know that worry shows a lack of faith. But sometimes . . . I worry. I have a child… Read More

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Why You Should Let Your Kids See You Do Something You Love

I can count on one hand the amount of things I love more than I love Zumba. Zumba and me go way back: I started taking the fitness class at a point in my life when I was the most downtrodden I’d… Read More

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The One Thing That Will Help You Survive Parenting as an Introvert

Confessions of an Introvert I am an introvert through and through. Although I love authentic relationships and conversations, people, no matter how much I love them, drain my energy. Do you know who else is a person (albeit little)? My three-year-old daughter,… Read More

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Hope Boomerangs Back

Guest Post by Tahni Cullen “Pray for others that you may be healed,” (James 5:16). These words wouldn’t leave me alone. I really needed some encouragement––a prayer, a note, anything. From somebody. From an “other.” Six months into my Josiah’s autism diagnosis,… Read More

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It’s All In Your Head: Taming Negative Thoughts on Parenting

About 50,000 thoughts pass through our minds each day. FIFTY THOUSAND. I suspect that number is even higher for parents of preschoolers! It’s true that many of these thoughts are the equivalent of mental space junk— Add milk to the grocery list… Read More

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3 Ways to Avoid Yelling at Your Kids

I yelled at my little one the day after Christmas. Talk about a way to land the jolliest season, right? I know, I kind of jumped right into this thing, but it is our reality and the truth is my heart is still… Read More