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Creating Contentment in Kids

Helping our kids learn lessons of contentment during a season when their grandparents love to heap them with gifts (and we might get a little carried away ourselves) can be a terrifying challenge. read more

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When Christmas is a Beautiful Mess

For several days she hounded me about when her name was going to be sewn on her stocking, and I asked her to wait patiently. Then one day she appeared holding up her stocking with her name written in large, black sharpie ink. She had a proud, but sheepish grin on her face. I was furious. read more

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Santa Stole Christmas

They’re kicking and screaming as we place them on Santa’s lap promising treats if they smile for the camera. And in the van on the way home, my stomach is sick. Why is it so important to us that they sit on Santa’s lap? read more

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When Kids Learn Hospitality By Example

One of my most embarrassing moments as a parent was also the moment I realized my son was learning how to be a proper host. read more

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Being Brave when My Girls are Watching

The stroller wheel hit a bump and stopped, but I was still moving forward. The stroller came tumbling down, and I catapulted over it. I felt each part of my body hit the concrete. My shins. Knees. Wrist. I was humiliated. read more