Parenting is a 4 A.M. Wake-up Call

Yes, you read that right— I have come to realize and accept in the last seven months that sometimes, parenting is a 4 A.M. wake-up call.

This morning, that was literally the case. My daughter decided 4 A.M. was a great time to wake up. A great time, she thought, for all of us to wake up.

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Moving Boxes and Life Lessons

Right now, we are in the process of moving. Granted, we are just moving a few miles down the road, but it will keep me closer to school and give us a nice apartment complex and neighbors, which we don’t have right now.

Why am I talking about this? Great question. While we have been in the process of moving over the last month or so, I have noticed some lessons about life and marriage that I hope you relate to as well.

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Balancing Power in the Home

One of the greatest struggles we can experience in a marriage is an imbalance of power, or a conflict. Whether this imbalance comes as a result of a financial dispute, who uses the car while the other is in the shop, or even who is supposed to be doing dishes tonight, a power imbalance can hurt a relationship in a major way.

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Devoted Time: An Expression of Love

As the name of this post suggests, I want to talk today about my feelings towards the concept of devoted time within a family.

I think everyone can agree that families who spend time with one another are generally happier and closer than those who don’t. Why is that? Simply enough, it is because when we spend time with each other, we develop relationships and express love.

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Working Together

Collaboration is something we see all around us. From the literal collaboration of popular musical artists to the more subtle collaboration of co-workers to accomplish a task, we cannot go a day without being encouraged to  collaborate. No one lives on an island.

This is never more true than in the home—parents have a responsibility to collaborate and work together. Without such collaboration, things can fall apart pretty easily.

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The Best Mother’s Day Gift

There is a lot I could say about today. First off, let me express my gratitude for my mother. I would not be half of the person I am today without her, and I am sure each of you feel the same way. We cannot overemphasize the role a mother plays in her child’s life. Even more than that, we cannot and should not underestimate the role she plays in a child’s life after they move away. We will come back to that later, however. Continue reading

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Being a “by the book” Parent

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This is a tough subject. Just know that all of this is my personal opinion, and if you feel differently, I’d love to hear from you. The irony in writing a blog post about the potential pitfalls of parenting based on what literature you read shouldn’t be lost, but regardless, here we go. Continue reading

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