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Are your kids getting enough sleep?

According to the National Sleep Foundation, American teenagers require about 9-1/4 hours of sleep a night, yet only 8 percent of them are getting it. A recent study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that as much as two-thirds of high school students get less than seven hours of sleep nightly. You might be wondering…

When being a “good” mom goes bad

We all have those decisions to make…are we going to lead or follow?  As adults it is a bit easier to not follow the crowd, we can logically think it through…usually!  But what about when it happens to your child?  Have they had that moment yet where they have to choose if they are going to lead or follow? It starts early…

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Is chivalry dead?

Are you raising a Chivalrous boy?  Chivalry was the first word that came to my mind as my husband and I opened a letter from a young man. It was a letter simply asking my husband permission to take my daughter to an event that would be coming up at school.  From the start of the first sentence through the end of the letter, I bet I said “aw…

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Sometimes it’s OK to be a “bad” parent

No, your children are not going to suffer from lifelong feelings of neglect, which will prevent them from becoming the next President or brain surgeon or great NFL quarterback, simply because you had a day where you were just too exhausted and you let them watch Sponge Bob all afternoon. Hyperbole is maybe the biggest battle we face…

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Evaluating the situation

Kendra – I taught school for several years before we started our family.  Each year the principal would come into my classroom to evaluate how I was doing.  The visit consisted of observing a lesson or two and scrutinizing my bulletin boards and lesson plans. After the evaluation I received feedback and learned ways I could…

Instilling a love of reading

Most parents see the benefit in enjoying a good book and want to instill the love of reading in their kids.  So what can a parent do to encourage the love of reading? The answer may sound very old fashioned, but it is also very effective. Introduce your child to the local library and help him navigate that wonderful resource. Find books…

The ultimate parental dilemma

I stumbled across this article a couple days ago and since then have waffled back and forth on that parental dilemma I think we all wrestle with so much: the struggle of protecting your kids versus personal space/trust. My mom sometimes gripes what a pain it is to have to deal with car seats for my kids now, “back when we were kids we didn…

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Proactive Christmas parenting

Christmas parties are right around the corner.  If your family is like ours, you won’t be attending just one.  It’s usually  – my side of the family, your side of the family, church programs, church friends, and maybe even a family office party!  All the fun will continue for days and will typically involved long hours and an…

Clean up in aisle 5!

Do you remember those days when your little ones were a handful in the store?  Even if there was one of you and one of them, that was too much some days!  Maybe you’re in that phase now where you have little ones that love to keep busy while mom is figuring out which bread to buy!  And for a child, it’s not that hard to find…

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