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Help! My Teen is Dating!

Help! My Teen is Dating!

How Old Should Kids Be Before They Can Date? Hanging out. Going out. Dating. Going with. Group dating. Hooking up. Gulp. Suddenly potty training and teaching the kids to tie their shoes seems so much easier. But as a dear friend reminded me of my own words recently, we need to try to be conscious […]

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5 Tips for Building Family Traditions

5 Tips for Building Family Traditions

We are in a snow globe, sitting peacefully amid the plastic, waterproof flakes, and suddenly someone gives us a shake. Then as the flakes swirl, the annoying shaker decides to unleash a full maraca-style shake action on us and we are left dizzy, unable to see clearly, and disorientated. This is how life feels in […]

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5 Free Reading Printables

5 Free Reading Printables

To Encourage Reluctant Readers Not every child is an automatic reader – those kids who seem to pick up reading as easily as blinking and smiling, and who always seem to have books tucked under their arms (if not held in front of their faces). If you have a reluctant reader, or your child likes […]

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Digital Gentlemen

Digital Gentlemen

Raising Boys of Respect in a Time of Technology The familiar buzz of a cell phone, alerting one of my kids that they have a new text message, is a familiar sound in our busy home. I’m used to it and I know to expect it every day – almost any hour of the day. […]

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Teens and Risk-Taking

Teens and Risk-Taking

An Opportunity for Growth This morning my teenage son picked up a gun and got ready to leave the house – and I told him to have fun. Have I lost my marbles? I hope not. He was heading out for a morning of deer hunting with his father, something he has done for the […]

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Why Do We Have Schools?

Why Do We Have Schools?

Have your kids ever asked, “But why do I have to go to school?” This is in essence the same question that Seth Godin poses to us as adults in Stop Stealing Dreams. Godin is an avid believer that the modern education system was built to create products of the industrial age – compliant, productive, […]

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Helping Kids Set and Reach Goals

Helping Kids Set and Reach Goals

Last weekend provided one of those parenting moments for me that you need to tuck into your parenting suitcase to pull out when you need a boost. It has always been a parenting goal of mine to teach my children how to set goals that are important to them and then be able to achieve […]

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Tools for Visual and Linguistic Learners

Tools for Visual and Linguistic Learners

Great Books for Both Learning Styles The world must be a uniquely beautiful view for one of my kids. He sees things many just walk right past, hears things in a different way, and finds the humorous, perplexing, and inspiring in what we might consider the mundane. His learning styles are unique to him, but […]

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Save the Last Dance

Save the Last Dance

But Apparently Not for Daughters Sometimes we are so worried about teaching our children about equality and warning them against the evils of discrimination that we forget about common sense. We not only put on kid-friendly gloves, but we sanitize the surroundings and color everything the same shades so that we don’t risk hurting feelings […]

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The Language of Teens

The Language of Teens

Learning to Talk (and Listen) to Your Teenager “…don’t worry that your teenager is not always listening – worry that he or she is always watching.” Scary though, right? Our teenagers are primed and ready to learn from us, even when we may not want them to at every moment (hey – even parents have […]

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