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It’s a Tightrope Walk!

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Stopping by at a house where we had lived for several years, I am always flooded with memories. Even driving on the driveway– it’s so familiar. I remember the rush of doing life with 6 kids– Continue Reading…

Kids Have Personalities Too!

Velocity Cross-Age Mentoring

Velocity mentoring: Patrick is the tall guy in the back

“Hey, Patch, are those clothes finished?”

“…working on it, Mom.”

30 minutes later…

“How’s it going, son?”

“I’m doing it…”

30 minutes later…

“Hey, as soon as you finish you can go ride your bike with Anna!”

“OK, Mom, I’m folding….”

It always amazed me that certain children doing  a “simple” household chore, folding clothes, could take SO long, and still never really be completely finished!  Even after he thought it was done, random clothing and isolated socks still littered the folding space. I could have it done in 10 minutes–completely folded and put away!

Are there answers to these puzzling little people mysteries as we raise our children? Continue Reading…

A Man is Not a Man Until He is a Father

"Baby Landon's father, Marine LCPL Carpenter, made the ultimate sacrifice while serving with the 3/8 in Afghanistan earlier this year.. a month before his son was born." Used by permission/Inarastudios.com

This is not a biological statement. It is a character statement. Any dog can produce offspring. But dogs do not father their offspring; they could care less. Fathering means self-sacrifice.

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Living Yes! Saying No

Patrick was four and Anna was six; they were playing outside on the swingset. I stopped to look out the window just to check on them. At that moment, the next-door neighbor Josh, who was seven, came over to join the fun. They were going up the ladder and down the slide over and over. Isn’t it amazing how children enjoy repetition without boredom?

Patrick had his hands on the rail to climb up, when Josh came running around for another turn. He grabbed Patrick’s arm and started to pull him away from the ladder. Patrick hung on. Josh pulled again. Patrick hung on. Josh was pulling one more time when Patrick turned his head toward Josh and yelled “NO-O-O!” in Josh’s face. Josh backed up a full step while Patrick went up the ladder.

As a young dad I was proud of my son for taking a stand.

As our children grow up they must learn to say NO to many things: to bullies, to temptation, to fear. How do we build that into them? Continue Reading…

I Can Make the Rules for my Toothbrush

On November 11, 1995, as we were completing the bedtime ritual, three year old Jean-Luc was putting his toothbrush away in the wrong place. When I (Trish) said something to him about it, he said, “It’s my toothbrush, and I can make the rules for it.” Continue Reading…

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