Tag Archives: Teenager

We Don’t Need Tough Love, We Need Tough Love.

I’ve heard the phrase so many times, “It’s just a little tough love.” Typically after a parent, teacher, mentor, coach, or friend says something that sounds quite opposite from love. Do you enjoy receiving this kind of ‘tough love’? I … Continue reading

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Competitive Sports: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Within the last generation or two, a surge of competitive sports has began taking over families everywhere. Mom vans, and carpools. Half time snacks and loads of laundry. Dinner through the drive thru and homework in the car. Early mornings … Continue reading

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A Clothing Conversation I Wish We Would Have Had Earlier

After marrying my husband, I began to notice men more. Why? Because my husband would be calling them out in the store as we’d walk by. Men I didn’t even really notice until after the words, “Hey man, what are you looking at?” would fly out of my husband’s mouth. I certainly love sharing my body with my husband, but men at the grocery store? No thank you.

He hate’s to see men, as he says, “undressing me with their eyes”–and I don’t blame him! I don’t like it either! Continue reading

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Skip the Homework

You’ll be fine. Really, it’s not that important. You’re smart enough.Β  I remember vividly in High School telling myself I could get by without doing the homework. As long as I kept my grades up, I did as little as … Continue reading

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Surviving Divorce as a Teenager

They say 50% of marriages end in divorce. The statistic was only a number until my family became a part of that statistic.Β They say as we get older, we handle divorce better. They say it is easier. They say not … Continue reading

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Not Just A Dream

Earlier this week I drove by an empty lot with a for sale sign posted in the front. This lot has sat empty for 10 years due to the murder of two precious, beautiful, teenage girls. Two small crosses sit … Continue reading

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Somewhere today there is a young man in his teens about to give a presentation. He is going to stand up in front of the class with a hand full of note cards, but he’s not going to use them. … Continue reading

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