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Rite of passage parenting: Parents’ prayers
Jul14

Rite of passage parenting: Parents’ prayers

As parents we pray diligently for our children, at least until they’re born. We then spend the rest of the time praying for ourselves, “Lord, deliver us from this evil.” I think the prayers of today’s parents may go something like this: Dear Lord, I pray that You keep my child away from all evil, especially tattoos. I didn’t bring this child into the world to be another person’s Etch A Sketch. I don’t buy shin guards and helmets or...

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Rite of passage parenting: Trust in Me
Jul08

Rite of passage parenting: Trust in Me

This week has been hectic with a capital H. Just let me recount for you one recent morning. Our Suriname team’s flight was canceled, and the airline wanted them to wait in the Miami airport for the next flight . . . five days later. Another airline made us empty seven trunks of supplies and stuff them into the students’ bags. We also had a student who fell to the ground in pain from a kidney stone as we were loading up for the...

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Rite of passage parenting: M&M wars
Jun22

Rite of passage parenting: M&M wars

Hello, my name is Walker, and I am a grandfather. Now, each of you must respond, “Hello, Walker.” That is how we will start each meeting when I create the group called GA, or Grandfathers Anonymous. I am starting this organization because I am in trouble as a granddad. I made it to the 21-month mark without a reprimand. I even got away with teaching my grandson, Titus, how to drink water from a garden hose and then spew it into the...

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Rite of passage parenting: Crazy old man
Jun15

Rite of passage parenting: Crazy old man

I have spent the last few days traveling with one of my three younger brothers. We haven’t taken a trip together since we were teenagers. This time, I’m hanging out with my oldest younger brother. Our family is very proud of him; he graduated in the top half of the bottom third of his high school class. He and I got to talking about the upcoming Father’s Day, which led into a conversation about our own father. Dad passed away many...

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Rite of passage parenting: Playing it safe
Jun08

Rite of passage parenting: Playing it safe

The other day, I wrote about the happiest place on earth. But what I really need to find is the safest place on earth. Our area has had some torrential rains, and for weeks, the nightly TV news programs have been scrolling flash flood warnings across the screen. I have always wanted to live in a castle, but having a moat around your house is not as cool as it sounds. Many of my overseas friends think I live in one of the most...

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