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Rite of passage parenting: Time for the fair
Sep30

Rite of passage parenting: Time for the fair

It’s that time of year! While most people anticipate Christmases or birthdays, I anticipate the State Fair coming to town. Growing up, nothing excited a young boy more than a day at the State Fair. I can still remember the first time I ever stepped onto a midway. With the neon lights flashing and rides whirling above my head, I felt a little like Alice in Wonderland. Then came the decision of how to spend the $5 my parents gave me...

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Rite of passage parenting: Discipline versus punishment
Sep18

Rite of passage parenting: Discipline versus punishment

To listen to a podcast with Walker Moore on this subject click here. In recent news, we’ve heard a lot about a certain athlete who has used a switch on his child. Since I don’t have any other information, I can’t make a judgment on this particular situation. But I can make a comment on society as a whole. I grew up in the ’50s and ’60s, when you would have been the odd man out if your parents hadn’t disciplined you with a paddle or a...

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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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