The Art and Science of Parenting

by Tamara Dicks

If art is the expression of human creativity and science requires systematic study using observation and experimentation, then wouldn’t all parents need training in both? But what if you are not the creative or intellectual type? What if you are neither an imaginative parent nor a strict formula parent? For most of us, if we are honest, parenting can often be a shot in the dark just hoping to get within range of the target.

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Setting Down the Suitcase

by Jamie Bonnema

Think, for a moment, if you can relate to this scenario: A series of less than pleasant circumstances takes place. Your frustration is building along the way, but you keep trudging on, doing your best to hold your composure. And then, in a weak moment, you let your guard down, and all those nasty emotions come out at the wrong place, the wrong time, and with the wrong person. It may be a spouse who takes the blow, a friend, a coworker, a superior, or a perfect stranger. As it is happening, almost in slow motion, we can see the crash ahead but can’t find a way to stop it or turn the situation around. We just keep carrying the suitcase of yuckiness until is so heavy, we throw it onto the already full arms of someone else. Recently, after a very tough week, that is exactly what I did.

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Living an Active Family Life

by Kelsey Hodges

As a mom of two young boys and dog owner of 2 yellow labs, I think staying active is inevitable. They seem to have endless energy, and I want to be able to keep up with them. I make time for my own workouts, but we also make it a point to get outside and stay active together as a family. I want to lead by example so that, by staying active, we are taking care of our bodies and can achieve all that God has planned for us.

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