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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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Rite of passage parenting: On vacation
Aug12

Rite of passage parenting: On vacation

This week, I’m on vacation. My wife will tell you I’m not very good at taking vacations. I understand the concept, a time of resting and making memories with your family, but I have a hard time putting it into practice. For most of my life, I have traveled internationally for my job. When I get off the plane, I automatically start thinking about how to capture the place for the Kingdom. Some people might call it an occupational...

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Rite of passage parenting: 5 signs you’re ready for summer to end
Aug05

Rite of passage parenting: 5 signs you’re ready for summer to end

If you’re a parent, you know about the dreaded disorder that comes from being exposed to your children all summer long. Yes, this thing called summer vacation can be hazardous to your health. It starts out with an innocent excitement that your children are out of school. You think about all the advantages of summer: no more getting up early, making lunches and driving them to school, sports and other activities. You can hardly wait...

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Rite of passage parenting: Scooter
Jul28

Rite of passage parenting: Scooter

My grandson, Titus, is nearing the 11-month mark, and has just exited the “Lie There and Drool” stage. That was cute for a while, but it got old fast. He is now entering the “Little Entertainer” phase, in which his main goal is to make us laugh. It has been exciting to see sprigs of his personality burst forth as he becomes his own individual. And I already see that he has inherited some of his grandad’s keen...

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