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5 Ways to Intentionally Parent Your Children

Intentional parenting is about doing something deliberately to deepen the bond between the parent and child. Through intentional parenting, parents can help their children build strong social and emotional skills.  In the bible - Proverb 29:17 says, "Discipline your children, and they will give you peace of mind and will make your heart glad." This proverb…

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My Job as a Hiking Guide

    Last week I went on a hike with my son. Well, it wasn’t a big hike, certainly not like those dog friendly hikes designed to give four-legged friends loads of time to explore outdoors. This was more like walking through the woods to the end of our property. To a three-year-old, however, it is a…

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What a red dye sensitivity means for our family

We’re traveling this week and next, so I’m sharing some of my favorite posts from the archives. This one seemed especially timely with Valentine's Day, and all of it's pink and red food, coming up this weekend. It happens every few months. As our oldest daughter rages and screams, one of our other girls will…

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Pedaling Through Life

The following post is from Brad, a web designer and father of quadruplets: We are pedaling around a very sobering turn this week in our boys lives.  The boys will be officially in school.  As I write this, we are less than 48 hours from having the first official day in the can, and I…

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How to Start Their School Days Peacefully

The following post is from Jennifer Burke, a lifelong educator: Have you ever wondered how a teacher keeps 25 children moving calmly through the day?  Chances are she’s trained her students to use procedures.  Instead of treating actions as behaviors, which have positive or negative consequences, a good teacher organizes the classroom so that students…

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