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Punishment vs. Discipline in Parenting

In class Sunday night we were covering one of the post-partum units, which touched on parenting styles. I tried a new exercise where I had the expectant parents each fill out a “Parenting Values/Actions” summary, then compare their answers to see how close they were to their partner. Of course I assured them that even though they would have answers now…they WOULD change as they actually become parents. “I was such a better parent before I had children” the saying goes. ;-) I’ll readily admit that I’m not a perfect parent, and sometimes I wonder if the reason God has blessed me with 6 children is because I haven’t quite learned enough from being a parent yet.

The survey included a question about spanking, and I very purposefully did not say more about the topic beyond “it’s a big topic to consider and discuss.” Getting into that discussion could have easily derailed the class, and led to us not covering other important things I wanted to cover in class.

As fate (God?) would have it, the very next morning Continue Reading…

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Does the Bible Declare That Childbirth is Meant to Be Excruciating?

The idea that childbirth is excruciatingly painful is cultural norm in America.  It is the topic of jokes.  I was told in my first pregnancy by one of the OB’s providing my care that I would be “begging for drugs in the parking lot [of the hospital]“-which of course only made me more determined NOT to ask for drugs.  The idea that birth is meant to be painful even led to some religious groups opposing the use of pain medications in the 1800’s. I’ve even heard it mentioned during sermons as being Biblical.

So where does the Bible say that childbirth is meant to be excruciating…or does it REALLY say that? Continue Reading…

Posted 2 years, 3 months ago at 12:02 am.

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Old Wives’ Tales on Labor Induction

I recently discovered a new book about childbirth and pregnancy (which I’ll more fully review later…when I can actually fit it into my Financial Peace budget) called The Christian Mama’s Guide to Having a Baby.  The author of this book has an adorable blog…and this past May she blogged about Old Wives’ Tales on Labor Induction as she anticipated the birth of her 3rd child.  Now if you have followed my blog or Facebook page for long, you probably know that I’m not actually a big fan of even “natural” labor induction that is not done for medical reasons because of how induction raises the risk of complications like cesarean…but in the interest of answering questions for those of you who have decided that induction is the best option for you, I’ll review the methods Erin blogged about.

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Posted 2 years, 3 months ago at 3:03 am.

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Children vs. The Marriage

I am a fan of The Generous Wife, a Christian website that sends out a daily e-mail to women with tips on ways to improve their marriage.

But today’s tip was one of those that I disagree with.  Passionately.  So much so, that I’m pulling out a blog post that I wrote 5 years ago this month, and with a few minor modifications, I’m reposting it.  So without further ado…from the archives… Continue Reading…

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Remembering Metochoi


11 years ago when I was pregnant with my first child, I learned on an internet discussion board about a parenting book that was “popular” and yet “controversial.”  I spent about 30 minutes reading up about the controversy, and promptly dismissed it as “ridiculous, no one would believe the ideas in that book are useful.”

A few months later, after an aquaintance recommended the book to me with exceeding passion, and especially when I learned that the church my husband and I had just started attending was using teaching materials produced by this author, I had to rethink the hasty conclusion that I had drawn.  Was this a teaching that I should embrace?  If it wasn’t, should I take some other action? Continue Reading…

Posted 4 years, 4 months ago at 1:38 am.

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More Children are Dying of the H1N1 Flu…So What Does This Mean?

Tent set up at a hospital to treat patients with flu-like symptoms

Tent set up at a hospital to treat patients with flu-like symptoms

A friend alerted me to a recent LA Times article about the H1N1 flu, and wondered what I thought of it.

I told her “The Bible tells us not to worry about tomorrow for today has enough worries of its own…so if your family does not have H1N1 today, the Bible tells you not to worry about it, right? ;-)”

As a Christian, seriously, I think that should be the bottom line.  But I’m a number cruncher too, so of course I didn’t leave it at that. Continue Reading…

Posted 4 years, 5 months ago at 9:41 am.

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