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Our Children Are On Loan

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Today I went to see my thirty-six week old baby on an ultrasound. The baby was beautiful, but he was large! Our little guy is in the ninety-fourth percentile. I guess that I can’t call him “little” for much longer. They already estimated him as weighing over seven pounds. My wife deserves an award for carrying this big child...

Making the Most of Screens with Your Kids Over Christmas Break

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It's winter break and you're trying to keep your child entertained without playing on their tablet every waking moment. It seems like you basically have two options: pack the tablet away or give them free reign over it for 10 days.  If you choose Option 1, they are going to be devastated because they love wasting hours away watching endless...

Meatloaf: The Importance of Family Meals

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Dinner time at our house is of the utmost importance, but it is also the most chaotic. One kid is screaming for water while another one is spilling it. Molly hardly ever sits down to eat until nearly halfway into the meal because, like a busy waiter, she responds to every request for a drink, salt, ketchup, napkins, an extra...

I Don’t Want to Go Back to Normal

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Today is the close of a chapter. For six months, our family has spent the majority of every day together. From quarantine to summer nights on the patio, to vacations in the mountains, we have been by each other’s side. Since the middle of March, we have shared more meals together, taken more walks and bike rides, and shared more of life than ever before. This has been one of the sweetest chapters of my life. 

Teaching Obedience to Your Nonverbal One-Year-Old

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Wouldn't you know it, our sixth child, Patten, is turning out to be one of our most mischievous children? God must have known that we needed to be kept on our toes. There's no laying back and getting comfortable. Parenting requires us to be fully present all the time. I was working in the garage recently, getting the basketball hoop...

How to Help Kids with Anxiety [video]

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I know what it is like to be an anxious kid. I know what it is like to have an anxious kid. Sadly, anxiety doesn't discriminate based on age. Even a small child can be plagued by feelings of worry, fear, or panic. Recently, my sweet six-year-old niece dealt with the paralyzing fear of spiders in her bed at night....