We Will All Be Changed

The “Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues” Wii Game. This is my son’s current obsession. My son always has an obsession. He has Asperger’s Syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism. Something about the way his brain is wired causes him to fixate on a certain subject or object continually. It is literally all he […]

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Taking the Teeth Out of the Tiger

No doubt many of you followed the recent controversy surrounding Amy Chua’s Wall Street Journal article, “Why Chinese Mothers are Superior,” which was excerpted from her new book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. For those who might have missed it, here’s a recap: Chua writes a book describing the parenting philosophy she adhered to […]

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How (Not) To Judge a Parent

I used to be full of great parenting advice. Then I had kids. Now my heart resonates with this quote from How Children Raise Parents by Dan Allender: “Parenting is an invitation to suffering because no one really knows what to do…Perhaps the greatest task of parenting is humbly staying involved even when we don’t have a […]

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How To Judge a Parent

Do you know which truth about parenting used to trouble me most? That even when parents do everything “right,” sometimes their kids still turn out “wrong.” I’m sure you’ve seen it too: Great kids who come from troubled homes, or troubled kids who come from great homes. My friend Bev once told me, “Parents get […]

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On Being Controlling

I really like the TV show, “Parenthood.” Sometimes it’s hard to get my husband to watch it with me, because it hits a little too close to home. Many of the scenes displaying what it’s like to raise a young boy with Asperger’s could have been filmed in our house.* But it’s not just that. […]

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