Embracing Our Children Through the Tween and Teenage Seasons

Today is my younger boy’s birthday. He’s turning eleven and I am so excited about the man he’s becoming. Parents talk often about cringing and bracing themselves for the middle school and high school years with their kids, and I get that. But several years ago, I read a post by Jen Hatmaker on parenting…

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#12: Solving the Summertime Boredom Dilemma

Dear Ellie, My children are out of school for the summer and it’s only been a week, but I am ready to scream. What are some practical ways that I can save my sanity while also helping my kids enjoy their summer break? We are a one-income family, so I don’t have a lot of…

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Resurfacing

The past several months have been a whirlwind at our home. From trudging through the assessment season in March and April at school to preparing our home for the real estate market, life has been hectic to say the least. Today marks my first Monday of summer break, and I kicked it off by gleaning…

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3 Spring Break Secrets for Parents

Bracing yourself for a break with your children over the next few days? Check out three secrets from a teacher and mama that just might help you get through the next several days unscathed.

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Dear Lilly Mae, On Daughter’s Day

I lost my first child, Lilly Mae, to miscarriage at thirteen weeks gestation on February 13, 2005. This letter was originally written to her on Saturday, May 14, 2016. It has been thirteen years since I lost my girl, and while the pain eases with time, it never leaves. Not a day goes by that…

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On Empathy and Consent

Teaching our kids about consent requires us to first teach them empathy, the ability to see life from someone else’s perspective and show compassion.

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Finding Their Voice

To teach our children consent, we must first start with one of the most basic human elements – one’s emotions. Developing emotional intelligence in your child empowers them to find and use their voice. This is no small thing. It is life saving.

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A Case for Teaching Consent to our Children

“Time is up for ignoring the fact that our children are going to have sex one day. Time is up for believing that ‘boys will be boys.’ Time is up for crossing our fingers and hoping our kids make the right decisions in their relationships instead of walking through those relationships with them intentionally. Time is up for teaching behavior modification and ignoring the state of our children’s hearts.”

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#10: Love, Free and Clear

This week’s letter is from a parent struggling with her child’s transition from childhood to adulthood. Raising kids is hard, holy work. Lots of parents love their kids, but love is not enough. In order to be a great parent, you must be willing to do difficult things to help your children grow. Read on for more!

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2018: Generous

“Every time I see the beautifully-wrapped square package with their names written on the gift tag, I am reminded of what it means to live in a spirit of generosity. It means giving when you don’t feel like it. It means choosing to see someone’s actions from a perspective different than your own. It means giving of your resources not necessarily because you want to because you know it’s the loving thing to do.”

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On Trust & Giving Your Whole Heart

Years ago, I started writing letters to my sons. There were so many things I wanted to tell them but either the timing wasn’t right or they weren’t in the mood to talk or I felt like what I wanted to share was a bit advanced for their age. I didn’t want those thoughts to…

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#9: Between Lost and Found

This week, we hear from a brave reader who, without asking any questions in black and white, is asking the biggest question of them all: is my life worth living?

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#8: Self-Care and Survival

Holidays and boundaries usually don’t mix (without a good deal of effort). This week, we hear from a mama who wants to make the holidays less about stress and more about peace and belonging.

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#7: Shame is a Liar

How do we make peace with our past mistakes? What does the process of self-forgiveness look like? This week’s revelation tackles these questions and more.

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#5: The Place Where Healing Begins

Should I stay or should I go?

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#3: Making Meaning Out of Suffering

This week, we hear from a reader whose friend is being abused. She asks, “Is there anything I can do to help her get away from this terrible man while also protecting myself?”

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#2: The Truth Will Set Itself Free

Co-parenting is tough. This week, we hear from a reader whose ex-spouse disparages her to their children. Speaking from her own experience, Birdie advises this heart-broken and fed up mama.

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#1: Tired Mama is Tired

Let these experiences break you wide open. I know that it feels like death at times. And it is. It’s the death of who you were as your newer, wiser, braver self emerges.

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Word of the Year 2017 | Assured

“When I start to wring my hands in fear of the unknown, I want to learn even more how to lean into that fear and wrestle with it instead of shutting it out or trying to sweep it under the rug. And I want to be able to pour into others who are feeling fearful or anxious about the future, too. This life is a gift. I don’t want to miss out on the beauty because I’m so focused on the what-ifs and the trials I know are sure to come. “

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