Category Archives: On Parenting

Supporting Good Causes In Good Conscience

The world is a better place when people go outside their own personal needs, wants and desires and give to others.  The Golden Rule; to whom much has been given, much is expected; pay it forward; Karma: call it what … Continue reading

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Marriage: Kids, the Great Lightning Rod

  [A series of posts based on a letter to SJ from 18 months ago] SJ was the better parent, in many ways. There.  I admitted a hard truth. But then, there is MY side to this story. I believe … Continue reading

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Christmas Blessings

“What?  No one is going?” I whispered harshly to my husband as he quietly shook his head. “Are you sure?” I asked again in disbelief. “We’re not going to let them steal our joy,” SJ sagely counsels.   Belying my … Continue reading

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Dear First Born, It’s not you, it’s me.

Such a touching post from Wonderoak.com.  Very timely as my firstborn graduates from college.     Dear First Born, I remember the day I first held you in my arms. You became, and I also became. I’d thought about motherhood … Continue reading

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Adult Children of Difficult Parents

  Mom. Dad.  Mother.  Father.  Mommy.  Daddy. These names can evoke a myriad of feelings for most of us.  Love.  Warmth.  Caring.  Affection.  Fear.  Sadness.  Anger.  Yet more times than not, it seems that at least one of these names … Continue reading

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God’s Plan for Sexuality and Purity

When our kids were preteens, we took each one individually on a mother-daughter or father-son “getaway.”  The purpose was to have “the talk,” but more.  We wanted to introduce God’s plan for sexuality to our kids, in a way it … Continue reading

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The Tolls Parenting Takes on a Marriage

    We are getting further and further removed from the crazy days of intense, hands-on parenting.  Before the memories fade, I need to spend some more time on this topic, as I know that some of you are right … Continue reading

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Date Nights: Keep the Sizzle in Your Marriage

  You’ve heard it before.  You never should stop dating your spouse. Then why does it become so hard to do this? If you think back on your pre-marriage relationship/dating/courtship, you will recall how exciting it was to look forward … Continue reading

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