Parenting Teens: The Battle of Independence vs. Authority

I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s seen this parent-teen conflict pop up on Facebook: “My teenage daughter is addicted to her phone, and if we take it away for punishment, she acts like her life is over! Advice anyone?” Although the technology has changed, the battle between teen independence vs. parental authority is…

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Parenting Fears to Overcome with Tweens & Teens

When our children are young, danger is obvious. The guidance we provide is very tangible, and saying “no” is part of daily life. However, as our children enter the tween and teen years and begin to develop their own judgement, setting rules and guidelines for them gets more complicated. We have three daughters, and my…

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Fear and faith on a snowy mountaintop

This week was my eldest daughter’s twelfth birthday, and to celebrate, we drove up to my sister’s house near Vail Mountain for a day on the ski slopes. My husband was out of town, but with good weather in the forecast and a birthday girl to please, I decided to take the trek up to…

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Saying Goodbye to Superwoman

When I began homeschooling in 2010, I was surprised how many of my non-homeschooling mom friends commended me for my decision. “You homeschool? Oh, that’s so great — you are so amazing to be doing that.” Or… “Wow, you must be really patient — I know I could never get my kid(s) to let me…

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My Tango With Traditions

  I love the idea of traditions just as much as the next person, and the warm and fuzzy feelings that word evokes in my heart. However I’ll admit that try as I might to establish and keep traditions, I’ve really struggled over the years with consistency. Which is a problem when you consider the…

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NextGen Homeschool: Where’s the “Reboot” Button?

Lately (and more often than I’d like to admit), I have found myself in the midst of trying to gracefully navigate the twists and turns of a homeschool day gone awry, until I finally reach a breaking point where I am asking myself: “Where’s the reboot button?” Seriously. Can I just start this day over…

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To Work or to Play? That is the question.

It’s an absolutely gorgeous, 60s and sunny Sunday afternoon, and after almost two weeks of snow and frigid temperatures, my girls know exactly what they should do today — play outside! But for some reason, I’m still in the house, struggling with one of my most recurring personal dilemmas: To work or to play? Should…

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Beat the New Year Blues

How many times have you anxiously awaited the arrival of a New Year — hoping for that all-important fresh start — only to be sorely disappointed when your resolutions go nowhere? Or even worse, how many times have you accomplished a resolution, only to find that the pure bliss you expected to experience upon its…

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Thankful for a New World

I can’t even begin to count the times that I have wondered how I’ve managed to survive life on Planet Mom. There are still those momentary “out of body” experiences where I seem to stand outside myself, looking in at the new me — the “Momma” me — and I am speechless that this woman…

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A Picture of His Love

When I view the experiences of motherhood as an adventure, with ups & downs, twists & turns, I am encouraged by the fact that even if I find myself in an upside-down, stomach-wrenching spiral at the moment, the ride comes to an end… right? At some point the ride I’m on will take a turn…

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