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Respond Don’t React

As parents, all of us have had interactions with our children we wish we could rewind and handle differently. Those times when the words you used or the tone of your voice was, in hindsight, considerably less than ideal. Rather than berating yourself and your parenting abilities, it can be much more helpful to consider the difference between responding thoughtfully and reacting instinctively. One clue you might be reacting to is when you replay a situation in your mind and you don’t understand why you “lost it” over a relatively minor issue. Responding, on the other hand, allows you to ...
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The Cascade Is Real

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The cascade is real. Here’s what I mean by the cascade: There is so much you will be inundated with when you find yourself pregnant and then suddenly parenting a small being: advice, ideas, strategies, ...
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Not Afraid To Sleep

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Finding the courage to accept our own limits and the necessity of sleep. It takes courage to go to bed. And I’m not talking about for our children. I mean for us. Certainly, there are ...
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These Simple Marks

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Here’s a truth you won’t believe until you prove it to yourself: your children are substantially taller than you think they are. Here’s a truth you won’t believe until you prove it to yourself: your ...
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These Simple Marks

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Here’s a truth you won’t believe until you prove it to yourself: your children are substantially taller than you think they are. Here’s a truth you won’t believe until you prove it to yourself: your ...
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Self Care is Strength

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  Do you ever feel like there’s this unspoken competition of who can do the most, pack their calendars the fullest, make the best dinners, pack the healthiest lunches, exercise the most…? The list goes ...
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Seven

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Here I sit sifting through the mountains of emails and cards we received after losing Asher. And like it or not, all those memories of love and loss come pouring back to me. In the ...
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MOPS Christmas Blessing 2020

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God, we want to start by saying thank you for all the experiences this year has given us, even the hard or horrible ones because they have allowed us to see more clearly what really
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13 Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress

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Whether you’re a die-hard Christmas fan or someone who just wants to get it over with, the holidays are full of stress-inducing moments. We tend to forget that the holidays are on the same day ...
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Self Care is Strength

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  Do you ever feel like there’s this unspoken competition of who can do the most, pack their calendars the fullest, make the best dinners, pack the healthiest lunches, exercise the most…? The list goes ...
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MOPS International Statement of Faith

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MOPS International has been made aware of a new blog and companion podcast posted this week criticizing MOPS’ theology. We are saddened that these Christian bloggers did not contact us directly with their concerns. Solid ...
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Scales and Arpeggios

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Growing up, I took several years of piano lessons and my least favorite part was practicing my scales. It seemed so tedious. Did it really have a purpose? Turns out there was a purpose. Practicing ...
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Slingshot Fun

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"We have to reinvent fun back into our American society or we are going to serious ourselves to death." - Alice Cooper https://vimeo.com/271905836 The MOPS International staff taking a much-needed fun break from the work ...
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Respond Don’t React

As parents, all of us have had interactions with our children we wish we could rewind and handle differently. Those times when the words you used or the tone of your voice was, in hindsight, ...
» READ MORE

The Cascade Is Real

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The cascade is real. Here’s what I mean by the cascade: There is so much you will be inundated with when you find yourself pregnant and then suddenly parenting a small being: advice, ideas, strategies, ...
» READ MORE

Not Afraid To Sleep

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Finding the courage to accept our own limits and the necessity of sleep. It takes courage to go to bed. And I’m not talking about for our children. I mean for us. Certainly, there are ...
» READ MORE

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Advent Devotional 2020

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The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.John 1:9 (NIV) We’ve created this space for you as an intentional experience to enhance the spirituality of this Christmas season. We hope ...
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It’s Not About the Cheese

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I almost banished my beloved to the hinterland because he ate my cheese. I was fuming! The appropriate response from therapy and married retreats: “I felt _____ when you _____,” just didn’t pack enough punch ...
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Mama, PRAY!!

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  Effective prayer has been one of the strongest weapons against my own insecurities, against the accusatory voices around me, and against unjustly judging others. These three things can often put us in deep turmoil ...
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