Relationships

Dear Stepdad, You’re Important, Too

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In the early years of our marriage, I wondered if we would make it to our next anniversary. Blending four children, grappling with our stepparent roles while learning to parent together, combating ex-spouses, and trying to stay afloat with job, church and community obligations seemed impossible. As we celebrated 22 years of marriage recently, I’m thankful… Read More

What No One Tells You About Childbirth

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Now that you’re pregnant, you’re dutifully attending your childbirth education classes and reading everything you can get your hands on about the stages of labor and birth. But classes and books tend to give you the big picture, not the surprising—and sometimes embarrassing—details, like the fact that during labor–especially if you haven’t been given pain… Read More

Seven Things Every Baby Needs to Thrive

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From the moment our babies are conceived, parents are bombarded with messages about buying their wholeness. But the wellbeing of children has little to do with purchasing the newest bouncy seat on the market or dressing them in adorable outfits that will impress friends on social media. Healthy, happy children are raised that way by… Read More