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Spare the Rod, Bless the Child

Spanking does not work in raising children. In my opinion, it should be eliminated as a strategy for controlling misbehavior in children. Why? Because…

Jun 26, 2014
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Fear is a Bad Decision-Maker

Fear is a bad decision-maker. It’s powerful, plausible, and thoroughly unreliable. It’s as likely to lead you straight into the fire as it…

Jun 26, 2014
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How to Live in the Jordan

In a house full of children, a mother has to wake up early to hear the silence. An hour before sunrise, an alarm set quiet wakes me from sleep. That’s…

Jun 23, 2014
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Humbled Through My Children

“Venti iced chai with soy please.” I pulled away from the drive-thru and pressed the straw to my lips before heading back out onto the highway….

Jun 19, 2014
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Who Told You You’re Not Good Enough?

Mother Theresa, Father Arseny, St. John Maximovitch, St. Seraphim of Sarov, St. Christina, Martin Luther King Jr, Jack Lalanne, Helen Keller, Abraham Lincoln……

Jun 19, 2014
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Feeding Our Picky Eaters During the Fast

Many of us have at least one person in our family who is a picky eater – generally, one of our kids. So how do you avoid feeding them nothing but…

Jun 16, 2014
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Why Do We Fast?

It’s what weighs on a mother’s heart, nurturing the spiritual lives of her children. And times like these, days when we’re fasting, the burden…

Jun 15, 2014
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Super Dad

A few weeks ago I reached into my mailbox and pulled out a free copy of “Parents” magazine’s June issue. These random complimentary issues are…

Jun 15, 2014
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The Great Confusion

Recently, I went to a talent show at my kids’ school. It was enjoyable to watch an entirely random blend of performances unfolding in front of a room…

Jun 15, 2014
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Letters from Your Father

When our son Adam was three years old, my husband Barry decided to start writing to him in a journal and then hand it to him when he turned 18. That time…

Jun 14, 2014
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