Tag: parenting teens

Parenting and My Personality

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In 2002 I took a job as a communications coordinator at a nonprofit in Chattanooga. I was 24-years-old and we were childless, so switching...

Toddlers – and Teens – Need Boundaries

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When our children start showing those early signs of independence -- daring to touch electrical outlets, throwing a toy for the second time, resisting...

Target Baby Section: Enter at Your Own Risk

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A few weeks ago, I had some time to kill. One teen son was at home, and the other was at an event to...

Do Something, Say Something, or Just Listen?

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My daughter starts middle school today.  I could tell you that, after more than a decade in youth ministry, my husband and I kinda know...

Why I Love Having Older Kids

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I remember not too long ago when I said goodbye to naps with my youngest. It was so sad to have that quiet "me"...

How We Knew it Was Time to Have The Talk

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In the spirit of Sophia Petrillo, picture it: 2013. A beautiful Saturday morning in May. My nine-year-old son Jeremy and I are enjoying the...

Savor the Moments When They Happen

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Raising a teenager, so far, can be summed up with two words: emotional whiplash. My relationship with my 14-year-old is a sweet one. He still...

No Rest for the Weary: Middle School Lessons in Teaching Respect

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There I sat, in the cushy corner of the couch at the end of a terrible weekend for our country. Charlottesville had just happened....