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Be Your Child’s Prayer Warrior

“Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.” Max Lucado When my daughter was 2 years old, she went into anaphylactic shock from eating a food that we didn’t know she was allergic to. It was a terrifying, painful reminder of how life can change in a blink. By God’s grace the…

When Your Daughter Feels Surrounded…Yet Alone Books For Moms, Books For Teens, Parenting Teens, Parenting Advice, Girl Pictures, Girl Photos, God Is For Me, The Perfect Girl, Bad Relationship

When Your Daughter Feels Surrounded…Yet Alone

“I’m not so sure being in the same place is the same as being friends.” E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web An 11th grade girl missed 2 weeks of school due to an emotional breakdown. From her large friend group, only 1 girl checked on her, which fueled her fear that her friendships weren't real. A 10th grade girl got booted from her friend group. They treated her terribly, yet she was scared to leave because the groups at her school were…

When Your Daughter Feels Surrounded…Yet Alone Books For Moms, Books For Teens, Parenting Teens, Parenting Advice, Girl Pictures, Girl Photos, God Is For Me, The Perfect Girl, Bad Relationship

When Your Daughter Feels Surrounded…Yet Alone

“I’m not so sure being in the same place is the same as being friends.” E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web An 11th grade girl missed 2 weeks of school due to an emotional breakdown. From her large friend group, only 1 girl checked on her, which fueled her fear that her friendships weren't real. A 10th grade girl got booted from her friend group. They treated her terribly, yet she was scared to leave because the groups at her school were…

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Why I’ll Fight to Enjoy My Daughter’s Senior Year

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms - to choose one’s attitude in any set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” Viktor W. Frankl Mom sets the tone. For years I’d heard this saying, yet it didn’t really register until I witnessed it firsthand. It was 2011, and my daughters were young. We’d gone to dinner to celebrate a new home that the sellers said was ours. My girls had…

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Protect Your Teen’s Privacy (and Be Their Safe Place)

I have a friend (I’ll call her Janie) who is very outgoing and talkative. When she was in high school, she told her mom everything. She opened up and shared her heart like every mother hopes and dreams her daughter will. Things changed, however, when Janie was in 11th grade and overhead her mom talking on the phone one day to a friend. Her mom told this friend how she was afraid Janie might follow her boyfriend to college -…

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15 Conversations to Have with Your Teenage Daughter

A group of teenage girls on a Christian retreat were taken to a mountaintop and told to listen to their fathers. One at a time, they were blindfolded and told what steps to take. Since cliffs were nearby, they had to walk slowly and deliberately. Each blindfolded girl was told to listen to her dad. Her dad was instructed to speak softer and softer until his voice became a whisper. Meanwhile, the girls watching were told to gradually get louder…

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Helping Your Child Resolve Peer Conflict

It is heart-wrenching to see your child upset. Typically, it is conflict with a peer that gets them down. Kids can put on a tough act at school and in their extra-curricular activities, but when they get home (or in your car for pick-up) the walls come tumbling down. They save their heartache and hurt for you, sometimes in the form of a meltdown. As a parent, it’s hard to choose a response. Do you get involved or not? Is…

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Talking to Your Daughter about “Mean Girls”

Great attention is paid these days to the subject of

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I'm the Mom of 4 Daughters: Here's What Our Girls Want Us to Know

As your daughter's world expands, you may suddenly find yourself on the outside looking in, hoping to be part of her world while also being the strong parent she needs.

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The Challenge of Our 40s: Learning to “Be the Adult”

A sorority sister of mine came in town for a funeral. A high school friend had lost her dad, and she told me this was her 9th funeral to attend in 6 months. All her friends were losing parents, and we talked about how this is, sadly, our current stage in life. I have another friend whose mom has dementia. While she is thankful her mom is alive, she misses the strong Southern woman who raised her. “I just wish…

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When Your Child Says “I’m Ready” – But You’re Not

Years ago, as my firstborn turned 16, I had some breakdowns over the changes that life can bring. It started on a summer trip to Asheville right before her birthday. I was taking her to Camp Hollymont, so we went early to enjoy the area and get one-on-one time. We had the best weekend, complete with horseback riding, long walks, exploring The Biltmore, and seeing the Chihuly exhibit. On Saturday night, at a Spanish tapas restaurant downtown, I asked Ella…

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Creating Strong Bonds With Teenage Daughters

In 2012, Kari Kampakis was raising four daughters coming into their preteen years and blogging about it. One ...

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Let’s Bring Positivity into Raising Teens

Imagine walking into your teenager's bedroom, stepping over their clothes and looking for clues of who they are and what interests them right now. On their nightstand you see books. Two books you recognize because you bought them for their English class. The third book is new, one chosen by your child, and with growing curiosity you pick it up. Your heart stops and you feel a sudden pang as the title jumps out at you. Dealing with a Difficult…

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Want Your Teen to Listen? Be Concise

Like most parents, I have wisdom to share with my kids. Wisdom that can really help them, based on my experiences and mistakes. With my teenagers, however, I have realized that attention spans are limited. Particularly with

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Want Your Teen to Listen? Be Concise

Like most parents, I have wisdom to share with my kids. Wisdom that can really help them, based on my experiences and mistakes. With my teenagers, however, I have realized that attention spans are limited. Particularly with

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Dear Teenage Girl Who’s Mad at Her Mom

Let me start by assuring you that I get it. We all get it. There isn’t a female on this planet who hasn’t felt what you're feeling toward your mother in some form or fashion. I don’t know the story behind your argument, but it doesn't matter. What does matters is that you and a very important woman in your life have locked horns, and the tension may not subside without work from both of you. I once learned in…