The vocation of children

Back-to-school ruminations and prayers.

It’s time for back-to-school.

We’re overloading with preparation, scheduling, and planning.  We have goals and hopes for the academic year.  We made check-lists and to-do lists and standards lists miles long.

In all the flurry of change and anxiety and excitement, let’s remember the reason for it all.

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Discipline Like the Garden of Eden

Today I snapped. It was the last straw. My son defied me, disobeyed me, one time too many. I could hear my mind screaming, “What punishment can I think of that will make him so miserable he will never want to act like this again?” It’s times like this that I need to step back, take a break, and work hard to be gentle and loving in my parenting.

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