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Tips for finding peace as a perfectionist loving momma

From my earliest days, I knew I wanted to be a mom. I also knew I wanted to take Katie Couric’s spot on The Today Show – hasn’t happened. Wanted to take Sandra Day O’Connor’s spot on the Supreme Court – also seems highly unlikely. And wanted to be the youngest state senator in Nebraska history – my college friend did that…

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How do I honor a dishonorable father?

Father’s Day has passed and many of you had wonderful barbeques or breakfasts celebrating your dads. Others are feeling sad, disappointed and flooded with memories of an awful childhood. You may have been abandoned, sexually abused, emotionally battered or treated with indifference or cruelty. How do we honor this kind of…

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A father’s love

I love you Son, and I’m praying for you.                                      -John Clutter     Words delivered me by my dad every time we parted ways.   Though dad is home in Heaven, his words and who he was, remain very real and present to me.  When my dad left, it became clear…

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Father’s Day… is Dad really happy??

I’m in the “un-happiest” season of my life. That’s what books, articles, marriage counselors, psychologists and others all tend to say. Research shows that as a young parent with young kids, I’m at the bottom of the bell curve of happiness. This news obviously isn’t great, and yet in one…

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Why your ex-husband matters

The headlights were shining on the bare garage wall in front of us. When my mom, brother, and I left for the weekend- that same wall was covered with dark brown pegboard, holding neatly arranged hooks that my dad used to hold his tools.  Now they were all gone- and instantly I knew he was gone, too.  While I don’t remember much of my…

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My kids hate school. What should I do?

One evening last week, just before bedtime these three words came from my oldest son, “I hate school.” He’s almost finished with 2nd grade. Part of me had known it was only a matter of time until my kids started to feel this way, but the words hadn’t been said until that night. My two sons really are excelling…

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Gadgets and parenting, some apps that help

Parenting is simultaneously awesome, fun, busy, and hard! Unfortunately my brain doesn’t always have the capacity to keep up with the day-to-day tasks and information. That’s why I’m trying some new ways to use gadgets (which can often just be a distraction) to assist in my daily dad duties. Here are a few…

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Teenagers & Parties

For many teenagers, attending parties and meeting friends are important in their social development. Parties can be positive and fun, but parents are often concerned about parties getting out of hand. So with that in mind, what should parents know before giving permission for their teenager to attend a party? Mom and Dad, you need…

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