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Rite of passage parenting: Nursery rhymes
Sep16

Rite of passage parenting: Nursery rhymes

If you know anything about me at all, you know that I have recently become a grandfather. My grandson, Titus, turned a year old just a few weeks ago. Wanting to be good grandparents who don’t rely on electronic gadgets to entertain him, my wife and I have bought books that were familiar to us growing up that we can read or sing together. I don’t know how many times I have sung “Itsy Bitsy Spider“ to Titus as I turn the...

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Rite of passage parenting: Travel tips
Sep08

Rite of passage parenting: Travel tips

I’m writing from Máncora, Peru, one of the many places I work that no one has ever heard of. I could pretend to be writing from Paris, but the empanada stands, pan flute music in the background and Spanish signs won’t let me forget where I am. You can’t get to this place from where you live, and if you’re here, you’re probably lost.  I just returned from the tourist market, taking a little break from teaching and getting a little...

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Rite of passage parenting: Seven things they didn’t tell you
Sep02

Rite of passage parenting: Seven things they didn’t tell you

I didn’t know parenting would so dramatically transform my life and value systems. In many ways, this has been a good thing. I’ve learned to love the unlovable, deny myself and pray for those who despitefully use me. For those who are either thinking of having children or are new parents, here are seven things no one tells you before you walk the parenting road: 1. You will become a thief Every parent knows what I’m talking about. It...

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Rite of passage parenting: Unexpected blessing
Aug26

Rite of passage parenting: Unexpected blessing

I’m not sure if I should tell you this story, but since we’ve become good friends through the years, I think you’ll enjoy it. Not long ago, my wife had a department store gift card that was about to expire. Since we were leaving on vacation, I suggested that she use it to buy some new clothes for our trip. We went to the department store and looked around … and around … and around. She was having a hard time finding something she...

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Rite of passage parenting: I’m gonna be like you
Aug19

Rite of passage parenting: I’m gonna be like you

Our family celebrates two birthdays this month. Our oldest son turns 38, and our grandson turns one. These birthdays have caused me to reflect on the difference between being a father and a grandfather. My oldest son’s birthday makes my wife and me feel older. Our grandson’s makes us feel younger. Go figure. Isn’t life a funny thing? I remember when I turned 38, I began to use the word “almost” when I told someone how old...

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