Parenting can be the toughest assignment on earth, but it can also be the most rewarding. What a privilege and opportunity to help shape the next generation!

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To Repeat or Not to Repeat?


For anyone who’s been a parent for more than five minutes, we know that it’s tough, but an amazing job. Whether a birth, adoptive or foster parent, this role comes with tremendous responsibility, for we have the opportunity to shape future generations.

Some choose to rear their children the same way in which they were raised. Some don’t. Some had a loving, stable home with married parents. Others grew up with a stepparent. Still, others were raised in a single-parent home through…

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Handling Disappointment
A couple of years ago, my sweet girl had had a rough day. She’d found out that she, along with a handful of others, had all been replaced for a segment involving the movement of large props in their school’s upcoming performance. She was beyond upset and shed lots of tears. I had a hard time even understanding what she was trying to say.

I reminded her that in the showcase earlier in the year, several people auditioned for the solo part, but she was the one selected to do it. I told…Read more

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When the Answer is “No”

Not long ago, my daughter asked about having a sleepover. Even though she’d recently had one as part of her birthday celebration, she wanted to have her friends visit again.

Ordinarily, I would have had no problem with that. She does well academically and in her extracurricular activities at school. However, I’d been observing that she had become a bit lax in some of her responsibilities at home.

I told her that this time, we would pass on the sleepover. Of course, she was…Read more

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Detour or End of the Road?

While on the way to teach a fitness class one morning, I was driving in the lane I normally use to get to the next highway. What I didn’t realize was that, due to construction, the traffic pattern had changed from the previous week. This meant the lane in which I was driving would no longer take me to where I wanted to go.
I felt frustrated because I’d missed my exit and knew I’d have to go farther than usual to get off the highway and get to the right path. I exited as…

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Important Things?
Imagine a world where there were no broken children…a world in which no child suffered neglect at the hands of his (or her) own parents. “…but, I provide everything my child needs. He (or she) wants for nothing,” one might say.

Though the child may have every THING, would he have our focus if he needs to share a concern that a friend may harm himself, or would we be too busy looking at the big game or binge-watching our favorite show to listen?

Though the child may have…Read more

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Broken
Imagine a world where there were no more broken children…a world in which no child ever had to endure the pain of his parents going through a divorce, never felt she had to question if she did something to make Daddy or Mommy go away, or experienced the feeling of “betraying” one parent because of having to live with the other.

Imagine a time in which there were no more broken children…a time when children were in an environment where there was transparency about both the joys the and challenges of…Read more

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Humble Pie!
The mom, who woke up early to take her son to an athletic camp, only to discover that the camp doesn't meet on Fridays, and her son says, "I tried to tell you, Mom," and she "rips him a new one," only to find out that he was correct, after she called her husband to verify what was on the flyer and realized that she did, indeed, overlook that important piece of information, then bursts into tears for "chewing out" her son for no reason: Yep! It was I!

This happened last summer, yet I can still see…Read more

Cindy's Featured Book of the Week - H.E.A.L.T.H.: It’s Not Rocket Science (My Journey to a Healthier Me) by Bridget McCray 


Does one of these statements describe you?
* “I would like to get healthier, but don’t really know where to begin.”

* “I have tried to take better care of myself, but it seems my efforts result in only short-term success, which is frustrating.”

If either of these is your story, I invite you to find encouragement and motivation in my new book, H.E.A.L.T.H.: It’s Not Rocket Science (My Journey to a Healthier Me). In it, I share how I came to develop a practical plan for success in my journey to better overall…

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Life Lesson from
a Fifth Grader

About a year ago, my daughter, to whom I’ll refer as “Princess”, told me that a custodian from her school fussed at her for trying to go to the restroom when it was time for the custodian to clean it. (How would my daughter know when cleaning time is?) Of course, that did not sit well with Mama Bear. #keepingitreal

When I communicated to her teacher about what happened, the teacher said she appreciates that Princess doesn't ask to go to the restroom during instructional time…Read more

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To Buy, or Not to Buy?
Last summer, my daughter wanted to buy a necklace that one of our neighbors was selling. I told her that she could do so, but with her own money. 

After counting the cash she had at home, she was a little bit short. (She did have money in her bank account, but just didn't have much cash on her person).

After learning she didn't have enough to make the purchase, I told her to ask her brother if she could borrow the amount of money she was short. WHAT WAS I THINKING??

The very next…