Reggie Joiner Imagination makes us different. But what makes imagination different? When I think about what makes us as people different from every other creature, I know that it has everything to do with our ability to imagine. Imagination literally lets us see things that aren’t as though they were. It allows us us to…

Abbie Smith Sprünger Jingly bracelets and gardenia perfume—I must’ve been about eight as Mom got ready for an evening out. I don’t know where they went, or how late they stayed out, but I do remember the mean things she said to herself in the mirror, which stood in stark contrast to my perception that she…

“I’m struggling with comparison. It is eating me alive and all I can think about. Everywhere I turn I find my mind wandering to who I’m not, what I don’t look like, what I don’t have. Can you give me advice?” I receive texts like this all the time. Whether you’ve sent a text like…

Holly Crawshaw Maybe you’re one of those parents who has cherished more “together” time with family during the Covid pandemic quarantine. Or maybe you’re one of those parents who has kept a calendar of when the kids would *hopefully* return to school and counted down the days since Day #1 of summer. Probably for most…

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on Study Finds. While it was never exactly synonymous with wild success and luxury, a traditional office job has long been looked upon as a respectable, if not slightly mundane, way to make a living. Now, though, it seems the majority of Americans would hate to…

Carey Nieuwhof When my son Sam was about four, he had a plan. He was a huge hockey fan, and he suggested we build a new house that was entirely underground with a hockey rink inside. There would be no windows and just enough space for the family and a Zamboni. As far as four-year-old…

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on Study Finds. As autumn nears and the coronavirus outbreak wears on, the next school year is becoming more uncertain for many parents. A new survey finds four in five parents are thinking about homeschooling their school-age children this fall. Of those parents, nearly half say…

Reggie Joiner *Portions of this blog post are adapted from “It’s Just A Phase, So Don’t Miss It” by Reggie Joiner and Kristen Ivy.  Sure. Every kid is very different. And a lot of energy goes into exploring those differences. Every kid has unique . . . DNA Hobbies Quirks Tastes Styles Talents Opinions But what…

Carey Nieuwhof Millions of smart phones, tablet computers and other portable devices are being sold every month (sometimes even in a single weekend), and more and more are making their way into the hands of our sons and daughters. A lot of this is catching us parents off guard as we try to figure out…

Kristen Ivy If someone has ever told you, “It’s just a phase,” chances are it was intended as a consolation or a word of encouragement. More than likely, what they meant was, “Don’t worry. You can survive this. It won’t last forever.” When I first became a mother and my colicky son was crying for…

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