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To Tell the Truth

I admit I am wary of actions that put me in physical danger. I am sitting in the urgent care lobby, waiting and writing while my husband is getting stitches on a couple of good-sized gashes. He’s a handy guy with a...

Monday, November 4, 2019

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Try This At Home

I admit I am wary of actions that put me in physical danger. I am sitting in the urgent care lobby, waiting and writing while my husband is getting stitches on a couple of good-sized gashes. He’s a handy guy with a...

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

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Is it just our human nature to focus on our lack instead of our gain? Even if we make change in our diet to improve our health, we think about what favorite food we are giving up to reach our weight loss goal. Why is it...

Friday, August 30, 2019

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Monumental Moments

I asked my friend, “How was your weekend?” Under usual circumstances, that is a simple question to ask. However, depending on the timing and context, the answer can be quite complex. She is in the middle of major life...

Thursday, August 1, 2019

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Lord Give Me Patience—Right Now!

​As part of their legacy to me, my two grandfathers doled out lessons in patience. My Papaw Arthur had little tolerance for grumpy grandkids. If a pouty attitude crept out onto a protruding lip, he would be quick to...

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

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Accept Except?

What does it really mean to accept others as they are? My son recently admitted to me that the people that have the very most exposure to him also get to see the worst of him. “Does that include me?” I asked. The answer...

Monday, April 29, 2019

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Unintentional Influence

My daughter and I have a laughable habit of unintentionally dressing alike. It was her lot in life to have her mother also serving as her high school principal. She could have felt really embarrassed by the many days...

Monday, April 1, 2019

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Perspective is Everything

Studying abroad was life altering for me. It changed my perspective on the world. Traveling in nine countries, encountering new people, and learning to navigate in strange places (before GPS was a thing) all helped me...

Friday, March 1, 2019

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Perfect Parenting?

Some words demand our honesty. The word PERFECT, for instance, is something we know, without a shadow of a doubt, does not apply to us. Identifying ourselves, or anyone else for that matter, as perfect, would be a lie....

Monday, January 28, 2019

Blog Parents

Two, Not Twenty

There will always be more good ideas than there is capacity to execute. Especially with your student and even more so during the holidays.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Blog Parents

No Lawn Mowers Needed in December

When we can put away our parenting lawn mowers and work on our sideline skills instead, we are helping our students build the confidence to handle future challenges with independence and grace.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Blog Parents

No Matter What

If we believe God brings a return on investments that appear to be lost, can we also trust Him to restore our children who are struggling?

Monday, November 5, 2018

Blog Parents

Phone Home

You're hoping for a phone call. You receive a two-word text from your son or daughter. You're not alone.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Blog Parents

Staying Focused, Standing Firm

Is your student ready to stay focused? What can you as the parent do to help?

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Blog Parents

Ready When They Are

School is about to begin. Getting the sense the balance of control within your family is shifting? Take heart. In the midst of change, rest in the One who never changes.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Blog Parents

Life Choices—Served with Pie

Students face many important decisions in their first few years out of the home—especially related to college. The right "coaching" can make all the difference in helping them navigate this exciting time.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Blog College Preparation, Leadership, Parents

Big Lessons from Small Mistakes

Parents hope their young adults have already learned major lessons in academic integrity, managing temptation, and setting priorities in the right order. The fact is they are no less human than when they were in middle...

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Blog Academics, Alumni, College Preparation, Community, Faith, Parents

Conquering Anxiety: A Professor's Journey

Fears, whether about real dangers or imagined, often hinder us from living the life that God desires for us. We can either let fear continue to inhibit our faith or we can let our faith conquer our fears. These are...

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Blog Parents

Modeling Being Human

The good news—and the bad news—is that we are the primary examples for our children. Instinctively though, we know that “monkey see, monkey do” applies to more than just the sweet moments of life. Our children also live...

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Blog Parents

Risking Accountability

Because it's much easier to receive parents' praise than parents' concern, our college students' transparency about their temptations can be limited. It is unusual for a student to admit to Mom and Dad that they are in...

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

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