Tag Archives: healthy parenting

Careless Words – Stop the Carnage

My 12-year-old tells us of how at school there is a practice of "burns".  Burns are insults intended (so they say) to be humorous.  They make a sharp comment, someone feels stupid, hurt or embarrassed and the other kids laugh saying 'You just got burned!"  And sometimes, after a scathing burn, they follow up with "just…
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Navigating the Christmas Rush

Christmas day is fast approaching and many people are in a full-on lather of activity; shopping for gifts for our friends and family, attending Christmas social events, Church events, and Children's Christmas activities and concerts.  Not to mention scrambling to get things tied-up at work before the Christmas break! This is just par for the…
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A Gift from my 4 year old – Parenting

One of the great things in my life is parenting my children.  There have been seasons in my life though where I had missed the reality of that in my life.  It wasn’t that my guys were hellions, for I can’t remember a day when I wished I had never had them, but there were sadly,…
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Gifts,Talents, and Christian Community

Cultivating Christian community has been a wonderful journey for our Amadeo community. We have let go of some things that we think have been unhelpful to vibrant Christian community. We have picked a few of those things up again for a time and a purpose - and then laid them aside again. While this has…
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A Terrible Case of the What if

Last night, while I lay thinking here, some What ifs crawled inside my ear and pranced and partied all night long and sang their same old What-if song: What if I'm dumb in school? What if they've closed the swimming pool? What if I get beat up? What if there's poison in my cup? What if I start to cry? What if…
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Is it Godly Leadership or Control?

In an organization, leaders generally consider themselves in the right. It is part of the paradigm they create for themselves: if you have succeeded in making your way to the top of an organization, then, by definition, the values for which you stand, must be right, because they have been authenticated and validated by peers…
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Rikers Song: An Ode to Child-like Faith

(First Game) Daddy…  what’s going on? Daddy who are all the faces? I’m not so sure about this Daddy but I’m sure about you. So many children, Daddy. I’ve never played soccer, Daddy. I’m not sure about this Daddy but I am sure about you. So I will stay with you, just for a while.…
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