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How do I honor a dishonorable father?

Father’s Day has passed and many of you had wonderful barbeques or breakfasts celebrating your dads. Others are feeling sad, disappointed and flooded with memories of an awful childhood. You may have been abandoned, sexually abused, emotionally battered or treated with indifference or cruelty. How do we honor this kind of…

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A father’s love

I love you Son, and I’m praying for you.                                      -John Clutter Words delivered me by my dad every time we parted ways. Though dad is home in Heaven, his words and who he was, remain very real and present to me.  When my dad left, it became clear immediately clear that…

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Father’s Day… is Dad really happy??

I’m in the “un-happiest” season of my life. That’s what books, articles, marriage counselors, psychologists and others tend to say. Research shows that as a young parent with young kids, I’m at the bottom of the bell curve of happiness. This news obviously isn’t great, and yet in one way…

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Why your ex-husband matters

The headlights were shining on the bare garage wall in front of us. When my mom, brother, and I left for the weekend- that same wall was covered with dark brown pegboard, holding neatly arranged hooks that my dad used to hold his tools.  Now they were all gone- and instantly I knew he was gone, too.  While I don’t remember much of my…

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Gadgets and parenting, some apps that help

Parenting is simultaneously awesome, fun, busy, and hard! Unfortunately my brain doesn’t always have the space to keep up with the day-to-day tasks and information. That’s why I’m trying some new ways to use gadgets (which can sometimes just be a distraction) to assist in my daily dad duties. Here are a…

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My kids hate school. What should I do?

Just before bedtime these three words came matter-of-factly from my oldest son, “I hate school.” He’s in 2nd grade. My two sons are excelling in school – in their schoolwork, friendships, and relationships with their teachers. In the last few months though I’ve seen some weariness creep in as…

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Teenagers & Parties

For many teenagers, attending parties and meeting friends are important in their social development. Parties can be positive and fun, but parents are often concerned about parties getting out of hand. So with that in mind, what should parents know before giving permission for their teenager to attend a party? Mom and Dad, you need…

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