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Encouragement for Parents with Kids Moving Away to College – the Spacious Nest Syndrome

[From the archives.] Our son Kyle recently came home from college for a long weekend and brought three friends with him. For spacious-nesters like us it was quite a crowd. (My wife Liz and I figure we’re not empty-nesters since … Continue reading

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A different thing than asking God to fix your kids

[Today’s guest post on honest parenting experiences is from Dan Behrens, a pastor in Auburn, Washington. Dan nails it.] Discussion on “parenting advice” and “spanking” is complex and can be tough to navigate. I am certainly no expert, but as … Continue reading

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Growing Old, Gracefully or Not

If good memoirs reveal something about the writer, great memoirs reveal something about the reader. Jennifer Grant’s When Did Everybody Else Get So Old is a great memoir. The subtitle Indignities, Compromises, and the Unexpected Grace of Midlife goes to … Continue reading

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Pastoring, Parenting, and Best-Laid Plans

[Today’s guest post is from April Fiet. She’s wise, caring and knows how to put the two together.] When my oldest child was a few months old, I took him to the nursery at our church for the first time. … Continue reading

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Father’s Day for my children – Advice Is Overrated

As Father’s Day is coming up, here’s an archived post from three years back: Advice Is Overrated, Encouragement Isn’t [My son K is 22 and recently graduated from UC Berkeley. My daughter J is 20 and a third year student … Continue reading

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Counting to a million thousand billion kajillion

[Tomorrow is UC Davis’ annual Picnic Day, so I am offering this post from the archives.] *** We had a friend’s  four kids with us last weekend – ages 2, 5, 8 and 11 – from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. … Continue reading

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Kids are Not Adults – a guest post from Kelly Russell

[Today’s guest post on kids and parenting is from Kelly Russell, the Caffeinated Wanderer. Her growth as a parent will sound familiar to many of us who have either navigated the journey or watched friends who have grown as parents.] … Continue reading

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How to Encourage Kids – Rachael Ray gives a lesson

Rachael Ray’s Kids’ Cook-Off has been a favorite show to watch in our house. Season after season I see ten year olds cooking better than I ever could. They get a lot of help from Rachael as she mentors the kids … Continue reading

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Mega-Pastor Passes Judgment and Blames Mothers

[From the archives, a post that originally ran as a guest post at Julie Anne Smith’s Spiritual Sounding Board.] *** John Piper has a message for you moms whose kids don’t behave in public the way he thinks they should: if … Continue reading

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What Giving Away a Thousand Children’s Books Looks Like

Here’s the latest from our friends Jan and Doug Hanson as they prepare to move from teaching at a Christian college in Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific to a school administered by Native Americans in the American Southwest. *** … Continue reading

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