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Seeing My Daughter Through New Eyes

Posted by Hallee on May 26, 2011 in Parenting, Raising girls, Raising teens

Kaylee has a lot of friends. She’s an alpha personality, a natural leader, and breaks the traditional clique lines without fear. She often has friends over, on a one-to-one basis, but this was a rare opportunity for me to see her with a group setting outside of our church youth group.

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When I Grow Up, I Want to Be a Mom, Part 2

Not long ago, my husband, Gregg, and I were just chit chatting about life in general. At some point in the conversation, he said to me, “What are you going to do when both of the boys are in school?”

I kind of paused, then stuttered. “Uhhh, what do you mean?”

He said, “You know. What do you plan to do?”

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It Costs Nothing to be Polite

Posted by Hallee on May 13, 2011 in Parenting, Raising boys, Raising girls, Raising teens

When I was thirteen-years-old, my family moved from Oregon to Florida. To that point in my life, I’d lived in Germany, Washington state, and Oregon. There is a HUGE cultural difference between the Pacific Northwest and the Southeastern United States, and it manifested itself in my first southern classroom.

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Sometimes Little Things Make the World a Better Place

Posted by Hallee on Apr 22, 2011 in Life, Parenting, Raising girls, Raising teens

The other morning, Kaylee had a rough start. She slept in, she was absolutely exhausted from two away softball games in a row – getting her to bed well after 11:00 each night, and she felt frustrated by sleeping in.

As I made her lunch, on a whim, I wrote a quick note to her.

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The Anti-Marriage Agenda

Posted by Hallee on Apr 2, 2011 in Christian Faith, converstations, Parenting, Raising girls

It took me quite some time to decide what to write about for this chapter in Vicki Courtney’s 5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Daughter, and the introduction to conversation number 4: It’s OK to Dream About Marriage and Motherhood! Chapter 14, “The Anti-Marriage Agenda” listed all sorts of statistics and social thoughts about marriage and the state of marriage today. They were interesting, but not overly surprising. Less people get married today than they did 40 years ago, and they’re getting married much later in life than they did 40 years ago. I think that is obvious and I don’t need to rehash it all.

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Let’s Talk Text Talk

Posted by Hallee on Mar 25, 2011 in Parenting, Raising boys, Raising girls, Raising teens

For four days in a row, I got a phone call from this number. Then I got a text (same number). The incoming texts are in green. My replies are in blue. I have changed nothing -no spelling, no grammar, no punctuation. This is over the course of two days.

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Seeds of Faith: A Reality Check for Christian Parents

Ninety-five percent of women will have sex before they’re married. It doesn’t matter if they’re Christians devoted to purity or not. It means that if you had a church ladies’ group of one hundred women, only five of them were virgins on their wedding nights.

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This Room is All Girl

Posted by Hallee on Mar 4, 2011 in Housekeeping, Life, Parenting, Raising girls, Raising teens

Like I said in my post on Tuesday, my dad was in town last weekend and helped me get twin beds in the boys’ room and a bigger bed put into Kaylee’s room.

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Expectations

Posted by Hallee on Mar 3, 2011 in Parenting, Raising boys, Raising girls, Raising teens

I read it kind of confused with myself. I’ve been a mother for nearly 14 years. Why didn’t I have anything worthwhile to add to the conversation? Then it occurred to me.

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Teen Pregnancy: Being Honest About the Options

The United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate than any other industrialized nation. In 2006, there were 750,000 teen pregnancies. One third of all end up pregnant before their 20th birthday.

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