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It's Time for Busy Ladies to Give It a Rest


Feb 24 2015
How to find the downtime you never realized you had.
It's Time for Busy Ladies to Give It a Rest
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What started as sniffles turned into a full-blown, wear-your-bathrobe-all-day cold. Nonetheless, I knew I would have no break from childcare, housework, or client demands. My husband pitched in more than usual, and I allowed the kids extra TV time. Otherwise, I plowed on, ...

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Toxic Fears: Our Us-vs.-Them Approach to Health


Feb 11 2015
In a world of impurity and disease, vulnerability pushes us to community and to Christ.
Toxic Fears: Our Us-vs.-Them Approach to Health
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Long before high fructose corn syrup, phthalates in shampoos, or chemical toxins in vaccines, we were already preoccupied with keeping our bodies pure and uncontaminated. Though technologies and forms have changed, the root motivation has always been the same: an individualism ...

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What Do I Get If I’m Good?


Jan 29 2015
Raising moral kids in a culture of rewards.
What Do I Get If I’m Good?
Ron Sombilon Gallery / Flickr

Several weeks ago, as I wrestled my two-year-old into clothes, the weight of my charge as a parent hit me—somewhere between the second time putting his shirt on and the third time putting his pants on. As he ripped off his socks and threw them at the dog, I told him, ...

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Dealing with ‘Gender Disappointment’


Jan 27 2015
In the age of girl power, many of us want daughters. Here's why I’m happy either way.
Dealing with ‘Gender Disappointment’
Sarah Zucca / Flickr

Like many moms, I joke that I have a love-hate relationship with pregnancy. I love feeling my baby kick and the idea of life growing inside of me, but my body tends to hate being pregnant. When I found out in September that I would be having another baby, I braced myself. ...

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Parented by Grandparents


Jan 26 2015
The challenges of caretaking in middle age present new opportunities for outreach.
Parented by Grandparents
Valentina Yachichurova / Flickr

A few weeks ago, I was at a McDonalds PlayPlace with my two grandsons, ages 6 and 11. There were a half-dozen other older caregivers in the room watching the kids burn off some of that Happy Meal energy. When a little girl took a tumble down a slide and cried, “Grandma!” ...

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What Maternity Leave Policies Have to Do with Christian Witness


Jan 22 2015
Our institutions can—and should— lead the way in supporting new life and growing families.
What Maternity Leave Policies Have to Do with Christian Witness
Philip Dean / Flickr

Women in higher ed are bound to raise the question: When is the most “convenient” time to have a child?

Is graduate school best? In the first few years of teaching? After tenure? For many of us the primary concern is not at what point in our careers, but at ...

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Holiday Traditions, Under Construction


Dec 12 2014
Why our shifting families and evolving rituals can still be cause for celebration.
Holiday Traditions, Under Construction
Gui Seiz / Flickr

When my adult son offered to host Thanksgiving last month, it felt as though a baton was being passed instead of platters of turkey and cranberry relish. For three decades, I’ve been the one to cook Thanksgiving dinner. Now, it was time to hand off the honor to the ...

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The One Thing to Tell Pregnant Moms: ‘Congratulations’


Dec 10 2014
No family too big, no mom too young to hear our affirmation of life.
The One Thing to Tell Pregnant Moms: ‘Congratulations’
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I’m pregnant with my fourth baby right now. Any mom who’s bore that many children—and even some with just two or three—knows what it's like to share the news of another pregnancy. People are quick to make comments like:

"Are you pregnant ...

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Common Ground for Christians and Common Core


Dec 5 2014
A teacher’s perspective on how higher standards serve poor students.
Common Ground for Christians and Common Core
Brad Flickinger / Flickr

As a former public school teacher, I have taught both the traditional state standards and Common Core aligned standards. I have dug deeply into both, researched their effectiveness, and watched them play out in my classroom.

Outside of school, I have observed the vitriol ...

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Body Talk: Beyond the Tween Abstinence Lecture


Dec 3 2014
Media shapes how youth see their bodies. What can the church teach them instead?
Body Talk: Beyond the Tween Abstinence Lecture
Matt Kowal / Flickr

Getting an abstinence talk from a parent or youth pastor has become something of a rite of passage for evangelical teens. As evidenced by purity balls and promise rings, our subculture is deeply concerned with protecting youth from premarital sex. But I wonder if our focus ...

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