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The Top 6 Discipline Mistakes Most Parents Make

The Top 6 Discipline Mistakes Most Parents Make

Do you find yourself threatening, repeating your instructions, or raising your voice in an attempt to get your children to obey? Are you frustrated because nothing seems to work? It could be that faulty child-training methods have snared your line of thinking. A quick bribe or mild threat looks appealing to a parent’s appetite for gaining control of a child, especially in a hurried situation. So, we take the bait – hook, line, and sinker. It’s not until later we realize we’re caught in a tangled net of ineffective parenting. We must remember our goal is not merely for our

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The Faithful Fork

The Faithful Fork

With shoulders slumped and a downcast look, my daughter Alex plopped down on the couch, crushed that she wasn’t cast the lead role as Belle in Beauty and the Beast. She was thirteen and her life was over (always a flare for the dramatic). “Alex, Honey, it’s not the end of the world. There will be other plays,” I encouraged. “Right, but I’m a fork in the Be My Guest ensemble. I mean, couldn’t I at least have gotten Babette the feather duster or Chip the teacup? I’m nothing more than flatware, Mom!” she complained. Wanting to encourage her with

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Can’t Leave Them Alone for Two Seconds

Can't Leave Them Alone for Two Seconds

After arriving for my speaking engagement, I had a few minutes to check text messages on my phone before the event stated: Husband:   I’m not feeling well. Me:   Oh no! What’d you eat? Husband:   Well, Wes (our son) cooked eggs this morning and I thought they tasted weird, but I ate them anyway.  My burps taste like flowers. In between speaking sessions, I checked text messages on my phone again: Son:   I’m not feeling well. Me:   Oh no! What’d you eat? Son:   Well, I had eggs this morning, and I cooked chicken and collard greens for lunch. The collard greens tasted weird,

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The Bread of Life

Meet Charlie. His wings are too short to fly far, so when the other geese take flight for warmer weather, he hangs around Lake Martin for fall and winter seasons. Alone. When I first met Charlie, he was being bullied by a flock of geese. I threw out bread, but Charlie couldn’t pick it up as fast as the others because he is missing his lower beak. Because he has no lower beak, his tongue hangs out, making him look odd. To his fellow geese, Charlie is the real deal ugly duckling. But he is beautiful to me. After seasons

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At Least You Have Pants

At Least You Have Pants

Priorities, priorities. I don’t always have mine in order. Once the construction of our new covered porch was complete, all obligations and responsibilities went out the window. I had spent weeks thrift store shopping for unique treasures to hang and cozy furniture to arrange. The hammering was over, the tools put away, the debris was cleared, and the workers were gone. My time had come. While I needed to be preparing for a presentation I was to give at an out of town lady’s luncheon and packing for the overnight stay, all I could think about was organizing and decorating

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