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This is the place to read blog posts from our experts and from EP's team of dedicated Parent Bloggers, who write about their own experiences raising their children. Comment, ask questions, and share advice. If you're interested in blogging for us, please click here.
Oct
30
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When you’re raising kids on your own, you are a downright super hero. Making sure everyone gets to where they need to be, with all of their equipment and paperwork and lunches and gym shoes, is absolutely a Herculean effort. Even an average Tuesday can rock the socks right off of you at times. Read more »

Oct
23
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My younger sister and I frequently stayed at my grandparents’ house during the summers of my childhood.  We were watching TV one rainy afternoon, and a commercial appeared advertising a miniseries based on the book “IT” by Stephen King.  I wouldn’t have paid much attention except that it was starring Jonathan Brandis—my childhood celebrity crush.  Although I knew that Stephen King wrote adult-themed horror stories, my child’s mind rationalized: “It has a clown in it, so it can’t be that scary.  Plus—Jonathan Brandis!  I’ve read the “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” series, so I’m pretty sure I won’t get scared.”  I rushed to my grandfather to ask if my sister and I could stay up late to watch “a movie” that night, and he gave us permission. Read more »

Oct
21
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Recently, my oldest daughter and I were out and about, running some errands; on our way home, we stopped at a gas station. There I saw a group of young men, one of whom wore his pants so low that I was concerned he was going to trip going up the curb!

After I saw him, I looked my daughter right in the eye, and with a bit of a smile said, “If you ever bring someone home with their butt hanging out like that, I’ll turn him around and send him straight back to his house.”  Luckily, she’s still at that age where she thinks her daddy is silly, so her response was to giggle. As the dad of a “12-going-on-17” year-old, I didn’t find it nearly as amusing! Read more »

Oct
16
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Having adopted children from Poland nine years ago, I can look back now and see that blending children who had been neglected into a family that has love to give is much more complex than we ever realized.

Overseas adoption is a process that is fraught with anxiety and uncertainty right from the start.  Revisiting diary entries from that time, the compassion and yearning I had for these children when we learned about them comes rushing back at me.  As does the love, fear and anxiety I had when we met.  As the weeks ventured on in Poland, I can hear in my writing how desperate things were getting, and how much I longed for home.  Then as the years unfolded, my entries go from hopeful to desperate and to hopeful again. Read more »

Oct
14
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Every night, there are parents who lie awake wondering if they did the right thing with their children that day. Should I have yelled? Was I too harsh? Did I spend enough time with them? All of these cause parental anxiety; they are the demons we must face as parents. However, there are three very specific questions you can ask yourself that can bring balance and offer insight. They might even help you sleep better! Read more »

Oct
09
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The day of September 27, 2012 started out as an ordinary day for me, but I suppose most people say that before the unthinkable happens.

It was a Thursday, and by some miracle I was ahead of my work for the day, so I was going to call it quits a little early. But while I finished my work, a tragedy was unfolding just a few miles away.  Thirty-six-year-old Andrew Engeldinger open fired on his co-workers at Accent Signage in Minneapolis before turning the gun on himself, culminating in the deadliest workplace shooting in Minnesota history. According to Andrew’s parents, he had been suffering from mental illness for a number of years.
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Oct
07
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The temptation is there, folks. Oh, is it ever there!  School has been in session for a short bit, and there are so many new opportunities to say “yes.” And many parents, me included, are tempted to say “yes” to everything.
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Oct
03
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Your daughter comes home from school and you innocently ask, “How was your day?” Her response?  Blowing up at you!  Sound familiar?  There are a few things that moms of teenage daughters need to understand when talking to their girls.  Your daughter is under a lot of pressure. School, self-image, friends, romance, and the worries about fitting in all turn her into a pressure cooker that’s been building up steam. The problem is, you might not see the steam building because it’s all boiling underneath the surface of your “sweet” girl.
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