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Gifts

A kid’s room can sometimes be a hot mess — stuffed animals strewn all over the floor with oodles of lovely toys from their caring grandparents and other family members. You may start to think a trip Goodwill be in your future. As you help clean up that crazy mess, your child lets you know there is absolutely NO WAY he is giving up that Raggedy Andy doll that his grandma brought him all the way from Wisconsin (even though he isn’t playing with it . . . ever.) Giving and receiving gifts can be a very powerful expression of love. In fact, most of us (if not all of us) really enjoy getting...
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Tick-Tock

“Let’s go play!” Silence. “HEY, MOM! Let’s go play!” You can’t do that. Not right now. You are finishing up with balancing the check book, the macaroni noodle water has spilled over TWICE already and you need to make a phone call into the doctor to schedule the kids’ next appointments. “Mom… can we go play?!” You’ve already told her three times, “not yet.” Frankly, you’re ready to dig your eardrums out of your head so that you don’t have to hear it again. And here it comes, the big one, the fighting words, and the worst sound in the world at a time like this. “Mooooommm…!!!”...
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Words

As you brought home a sweet little bundle from the hospital, you might have been wondering two things: 1. Where are all of those noises coming from? 2. How am I not going to screw this parenting thing up? Think back to that first gummy smile. Those sweet baby eyes and chubby little cheeks looking up at you as you make baby talk small talk. Then, out of nowhere, “THAT’S IT! I think . . . maybe its gas? Nope. THAT is a genuine smile!” Little did you know, you had just completed the first step in the adventure through the Words of Affirmation love language! Long before children understand...
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