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Coming of Age:
5. Celebration is Part of the Ceremony, Too!

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

At our sons’ coming-of-age ceremonies, we aim to gather the wisdom of significant men in the young man’s life and offer encouragement, welcome, and exhortation in a public, family-oriented setting.   But it’s not all teaching and ritual. Another thing we do is invite our guests to rejoice in this time of growth. Our family’s birthday celebrations…
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Coming of Age Ceremonies 3. What Would You Say To A Young New Adult?

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

In our family, we believe it’s helpful to set a particular time in a young man’s life to begin transitioning him to adult roles. We talked about our reasons here, and explained who we involve in that formal time of recognition, here.    We want to impress on the young man that these new expectations…
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Coming of Age Ceremonies 2. Who We Invite

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

We described the idea of a formal coming-of-age ceremony here. We’ve done this with all six of our sons, and in a few years we’ll consider how to celebrate our eldest daughter! One of the earliest questions to answer is the form the ceremony should take … and therefore, who to invite? Since we’re totally at…
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Not Just Tacos – Wow!

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

  A few months ago, our friend Shirley Solis gave us a copy of her new book, Not Just Tacos: A Journey into the World of Authentic Latin American Cuisine. I have pretty high standards for cookbooks. We have many of them, but just a few that we go to again and again: The Joy of…
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Friday, April 24th, 2015

I remember several years ago when we were brainstorming what to ask in the annual survey North Carolinians for Home Education asked at our annual conference. Hal said, “Let’s ask what causes the most stress for homeschool moms. Is it teaching math? Or struggling learners? Or worries about high school? Or what?” Melanie stared at…
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Save on Hotels with Christian Hospitality Networks

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

We travel a lot. No, really, a LOT. As authors and speakers, we’re on the road more months than we’re home now. We used to picture speakers as those glamorous people who flew in to the conference, stayed in the nicest rooms, and had everything taken care of. Then we became speakers. We didn’t want to…
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Hey Mom! Watch This!

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Young men have a tremendous desire to try their strength and to be tested in return. This is integral to their competitive nature, but let’s take a look at how it impacts their interaction with the real world, not the contrived world of competitions. Adults sometimes equate a desire for adventure with immaturity and recklessness….
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A Question About Fifty Shades of Grey

Friday, February 13th, 2015

This morning a friend asked, “Do you think I should watch Fifty Shades of Grey with my teen and talk about it?”  We’re not as strict on media as some are. We think there’s some value in watching things you don’t agree with and analyzing and discussing them with your teens. Sometimes, though, there’s more…
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We Tried Samaritan Ministries…

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

The changeover to Obamacare was a tough one for us. Insurance through our small business became impossibly expensive – three times the cost of our mortgage! We checked into alternatives at the Marketplace, but we fell in the gap and healthcare there was impossibly expensive, too. With trepidation, we decided to try one of the Christian healthcare…
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Awkward! How (and Why) to Have a Conversation About Sexting with Your Kids

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

It came up on Facebook again today. What do you do when you find your child has been sexting? It’s nauseating to even think about it, isn’t it? Awhile back, I was shocked when one of my friends told me she’d found a series of explicit texts on her son’s phone, but now we’re hearing…
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