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Wendy Connelly

When we’re barely getting by and at the tattered edges of sanity, unable to conjure a coherent thought in the fog of fretting and fatigue, it’s helpful to have some threads of wisdom to cling to. And so, fellow Mamas, I offer you these simple mantras Read more

Parenting

Fear can be thrilling in this season of Halloween tricks and haunts, but this common “negative emotion” can also catch us and our kids in its grip and become hard to shake. Read more

Parenting

Here are a few tips to get a grip on anger before you lose your grip. Read more

Parenting

The back-to-school season is a time of transitions, leaving behind the free-wheeling rhythm of summer and taking up the commitments, obligations and structured rhythms of the school year. Read more

Education

Here are some common toxic thoughts and their tonic counterparts that you can help your kids try on instead. Read more

Parenting

If your family struggles with holiday overload, here are some strategies I’ve learned to streamline traditions, free more snowy white space in your holiday calendar and pile on less stuff for more of what truly matters. Read more

Christmas in KC

Ugly parenting moments when we stir the pot reminding our kids of their past mistakes, or turn green in the face over some minor annoyance, or flip a lid and shriek at the littles like a witch. Looking back at our behavior, we easily can br... Read more

Parenting

For several years now, friends and I have chosen thematic words to define our lives at this turn of the calendar year. Some of our words have been “YES” and “COMMIT.” My word for 2013 was “BOLD,” and almost had a prophetic effect as circums... Read more

Parenting

Traditions. They’re meant to usher us into a season of comfort and joy, peace and goodwill, but often leave us feeling more harried than merry. Take, for instance, the daily ritual of an Elf-on-the-Shelf’s soaking in marshmallow bubble bath... Read more

Christmas in KC

The simplest things cast a glow on my children’s faces as we explore the world around us. There are frequent moments when they are stupefied with curiosity and wonder, as if their vision is cast in colors I can’t see. It’s a pity my senses ... Read more

Parenting

How do we approach the Halloween holiday with our kids? Many parents view Halloween as light-hearted, impish fun, harking back to their own childhood trick-or-treating as ninja turtles (and wishing they’d saved their costumes for the cartoo... Read more

Fall in KC

My 8-year-old once had a violent rash dotting her legs and arms. People stared, kids made fun, and my daughter became horribly self-conscious. She wanted to hide and cover up, because it’s much easier looking normal and unblemished than spo... Read more

Parenting

You’d think we were in Pamplona, Spain, at the annual running of the bulls, but no. This, folks, is the back-to-school ice cream social. At an appointed time, and not a moment too soon, an elementary staff member plasters the glass doors wi... Read more

Parenting

Each generation is charged with the essential task of transmitting its truths to the next, and one generation’s failure to do so can break the link that binds the future to the past. We remind our children of the remarkable story of our nat... Read more

Summer

Children love Bible stories. Not only are these tales chock-full of adventure, they also convey deep and timeless truths that resonate at the level of the soul. Sacred stories are not designed for a shallow reading, but rather are to be slo... Read more

Parenting

God gave us Sabbath as a gift: “And Jesus said to them, ‘The Sabbath was made for (wo)man, not (wo)man for the Sabbath.’” (Mark 2:27) I ask, then, who are we to refuse God’s rest? Read more

Parenting

Our Jewish friends gather for the Passover Seder, known to Christians as Jesus’ Last Supper. Every Easter, our family celebrates a Holy Week-inspired Seder (modified from Heather Craw at PowerofMoms.com ) to remember Jesus’ death and resurr... Read more

Spring in KC

Bring on the bonfire tunes and shaving cream wars, the zip lines, kayaks and blobbing and you’ve got summer camp! Throw in some friendship-making fellowship and faith-shaping communion, and it’s a whole new adventure. If you want to equip y... Read more

Summer

The waters flow green in our City of Fountains, the ides of March upon us. Oddly, the saint we celebrate in this “season of luck” was pock-marked with tragedy. At 16, Patrick was torn from his family and sold into slavery in Ireland. Read more

Spring in KC

What I’m learning from my children is that these love-bonds are nothing short of the very presence of God. “God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him,” writes John the Apostle. Read more

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