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Rite of passage parenting: The book is always better
Apr14

Rite of passage parenting: The book is always better

To say I’m an avid reader would be an understatement. During my elementary years, I attended a country school. Every day, Mom would wrap up my egg-with-ketchup sandwich in a newspaper and send me off to catch the school bus. One day, my teacher asked why my mom wrapped my lunch in a newspaper. Not knowing how to respond, I said the first thing that came into my head: “My family is poor, and that’s all we have.” The next day, the...

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Rite of passage parenting: 6 things you should never discuss with your children
Apr07

Rite of passage parenting: 6 things you should never discuss with your children

Whenever I pass a rack of magazines, I notice the new trend of putting teasers on the covers, like “41 Ways to Eat Ice Cream without Gaining an Ounce” or “13 Ways to Recycle Old Pantyhose.” Some of these catch my attention more than others. I realized that to be en vogue, the title of my article should contain a number with some kind of intriguing hook. So I present, “Six Things You Should Never Discuss with Your Children.”  If you...

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Rite of passage parenting: Sarah’s story
Mar31

Rite of passage parenting: Sarah’s story

On his final journey toward Jerusalem, Jesus and his disciples had left Capernaum and were crossing into the region of Judea. As they entered a village, parents started bringing their children to Jesus, asking Him to lay hands on them and bless them. The Bible doesn’t say why the disciples got upset, but they began to rebuke the parents for bothering Jesus with their children. I assume they thought these children were too small to...

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Rite of passage parenting: One-eyed generation
Mar24

Rite of passage parenting: One-eyed generation

I was coming out of a store the other day when a horde of green- and brown-uniformed girls attacked me to ask if I would buy their cookies. I don’t mean “attack” in the military sense, but in that of skillfully separating one from the contents of his or her wallet. There must be a Cookie Boot Camp where these girls are drilled in the art of salesmanship. I picture instructors who help them master the technique of approaching each...

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Rite of passage parenting: Just thinking
Mar17

Rite of passage parenting: Just thinking

I had a thought today.  I know this surprises you as much as it did me. For the most part, we are not a thinking people. Someone says, “Buy this,” and we buy it. Our society as a whole has lost the art of thinking. Since we don’t think much anymore, we now have people whose job it is to make labels for non-thinkers. The other day, I saw one of these labels on an iron-on transfer kit to make your own T-shirt design. The label read, “Do...

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