The Best Part of Today

Today was an interesting day. I started by stopping at the office for our sewer treatment plant on my morning bike ride. Yesterday the sweet clerk called and told me I forgot to sign my check. I stopped at her office on my bike ride and signed the check. Gotta […]

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Are You Brave Enough to Give Your Child Wings?

“Send your kids to a local college so they will marry locally and stay close to home.” This was the advice someone gave to my friend whose daughter is a high school senior. I know this mom was well meaning. Hey, who doesn’t want her kids close? I confess I […]

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Two Tips to a Better Relationship with Your Adult Child

Did seeing your adult child during the holidays make you sad? Were you made more aware of the choices he is making that your don’t agree with? You loved being with your child, but you came away from your family celebrations with an ache in your heart. You sense that […]

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Do You Want to be Active and Relevant in Your Child’s Life?

  At the end of last week Gene and I spent a couple of days helping our youngest daughter and our son-in-law move into their first “in the city” apartment. They are so excited! They love the big city and love being in the midst of it. The first day […]

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Don’t expect immediate results.

Gene and I love the show, Madame Secretary*. It is about a female Secretary of State, of course, and her family. She and her husband were friends with the President before he became President and before she became Secretary of State. On one episode the couple is in their bedroom […]

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Tips on Doing Life While Your Child is Making Decisions You Don’t Agree With

I often talk with parents, mostly moms, who are in a season of their children making decisions they don’t agree with. By the time a mom contacts me about her child, the child is making significantly poor decisions. I remember those days. The days turn into years. It seems they […]

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Tips for Being the Parent Your Child Needs When He Needs It

Our girls are all married and settling into “adult” life—babies, careers, finishing grad school and starting a career. From a distance it seems they are in a similar stage of life. However, I, the mom, see up close and I see what they need from me is different from their […]

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Simple Ways to be an Intentional Parent

  On my morning run I pass a house where often the dad, kids and their eleven-year-old yellow Labrador (I stopped to ask his age!) play on the driveway while they wait for the bus. Last year the kids rode their scooters around the driveway. Today the little girl was […]

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