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On Ratatouille and Vocation

Dear Munchkin, I made a simple ratatouille for dinner. As it grew close to serving time, I had what I thought was a brilliant idea: we could watch Disney’s Ratatouille as a family while eating its namesake! You’ve seen other Disney … Continue reading

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Not tonight

Dear Munchkin and Peanut, We’ve known for quite a while that Munchkin typically craves touch — hugs, kisses, snuggles, full-body tackles — but only on her own terms. Through experience, we learned that asking if she wanted a hug or … Continue reading

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Rescue Girls

Dear Munchkin, For months, you’ve been chattering about Rescue Girls. It seems you created a game at school and recruited your friends. The game appears pretty straightforward: from what I can tell, you run around the playground “rescuing” people who … Continue reading

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Munchkin’s Shadow

Dear Peanut, Whatever Munchkin has, you want, too. Whatever Munchkin does, you want to do, too. This desire has manifested in many ways, not the least of which is demanding a barrette in your hair whenever we’re doing Munchkin’s. Your … Continue reading

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The Christian Parenting Handbook: an author’s defense of including the chapter on spanking

Dear Peanut and Munchkin, Yesterday, I shared my concerns about including a chapter on spanking in The Christian Parenting Handbook. I mentioned that one of the authors took the time to respond when I wrote to them. Here is what … Continue reading

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The Christian Parenting Handbook

Dear Munchkin and Peanut, A few weeks ago, I received a free e-copy of The Christian Parenting Handbook. I had heard about the organization behind it, The National Center for Biblical Parenting, and signed up for free email tips a … Continue reading

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Testing Limits

Dear Munchkin, As a general rule, you thrive on tactile stimulation. Sometimes this means you love to run and jump and bounce and fling yourself into my arms. Sometimes it means you want to play with play-doh or the rice … Continue reading

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