Pizza Bribes

Pizza Bribes

In my last post Gossip, iPhones, and Other Distractions, I shared about the mental wanderings of middle school girls. At the end of the post, I mentioned that bribery can be an effective way to steer dialogue in the direction you desire. I negotiated with my small...
Leading By Example

Leading By Example

We have all heard the saying “lead by example”. Most of the time as children we would hear this when our parents wanted us to take the lead in situations and not make the same mistakes as those around us. If you have younger siblings you may have heard something...
139 Weeks

139 Weeks

I recently downloaded the “Legacy Marble Countdown” app, which helps parents countdown the weeks they have left until their kiddos become adults. How old are my kids, you ask? Oh, I actually don’t have any. I do, however, lead a small group of 10th-grade girls. Years...
Be the Change

Be the Change

In case you didn’t notice: FALL IS HERE! This is my favorite time of year because change creates a symphony for the senses. The temperature is cooler on our faces, the visuals are a stunning masterpiece painted by our great Creator, and the smell of crackling fires...
College Whiplash

College Whiplash

She looked at me with tears in her eyes. “I just feel like such a failure,” she told me. It was the middle of what should have been her second semester, sophomore year and she was no longer at college. For some reasons beyond her control (and some very much within her...

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