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And Then He Was Five

So the party came and went and we all survived.

Sunny weather helped, as seven boisterous boys bounced around on the sixteen foot trampoline.

The piñata took some bashing and the cake looked marvellous, if I do say so myself! 433 more words


From the Lives of Babes

In your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.  897 more words

Parenting Teens

A Room of One's Own

I’m writing from the eaves of the in-laws’ farmhouse in the middle of nowhere in rural France. Sunlight is pouring in from the mosquito netted windows where the shutters, traditional of the region, have been flung open against the two foot thick walls. 618 more words

Talking To Children

A Palpable Difference

The last few weeks I have noticed a significant change in my relationship with my daughter. I don’t really know how or when it happened but it is palpably different. 438 more words


Flight Patterns: Three dispatches from the emptying nest

I. Taking a Bite Out of the Big Apple

This essay was posted on The Mid on July 14, 2015.

When my oldest left for college a few years ago, it was a pretty seamless departure. 2,648 more words

Children Growing Up

Please and Thank-You!

It really shouldn’t be that hard.

Teaching a child to say “please” and “thank you”.

But evidently it is a bit difficult for some parents. Or they were not taught to do it themselves. 323 more words

Bye, Bye Baby

I walked into my home the other day greeted by the following words from my wife, “Claire is too big to stay in her crib. We need to move her to a toddler bed.” I was puzzled at first. 404 more words