How to Build a Relationship with Your Child

By Barbara Rainey | April 9, 2018 | 3 Comments

Once there was a boy. Orphaned at an early age, then adopted by his uncle and aunt who lived on a modest little farm in the Palancar Valley, his was an ordinary life. Like the nearby village children he spent much of his time outdoors helping on the farm, tending the garden, or helping with […]

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Parenting: What a Messy Way to Make a Masterpiece

By Barbara Rainey | April 6, 2018 | 8 Comments

Have you ever watched a sculptor at work? She works the clay with her hands; molding it, shaping it with thumbs that scoop, dig and push the wet pliable earth into an image no one sees but the artist. Every touch is intentional. The sculptor is strengthening the clay, refining the form, emphasizing the details. […]

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Mommy, Why Does Racism Exist?

By Barbara Rainey | January 15, 2018 | 11 Comments

“Mommy, why does racism exist?” What a huge question from an inquisitive eight-year-old girl in the wake of recent white supremacy demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia. What a huge question for a loving mother, my friend, to answer that day on the drive home from school. What’s a mom to say to her children? To put it […]

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Parents Who Pretend To Be Perfect

By Barbara Rainey | October 27, 2017 | 3 Comments

One of the biggest deceptions the enemy of our souls whispers is that we parents don’t need to tell our kids about the unpleasant parts of our story. Our greatest fear as moms and dads is that telling our kids about our past mistakes will encourage them to copy our behavior. But if we appropriately regret […]

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How to Talk to Your Children When You Wake Up to Yet Another Tragedy

By Barbara Rainey | October 2, 2017 | 14 Comments

This morning we awoke to another jolt of bad news … another horrible mass shooting. Once again we feel shock. We don’t know what to think or do. Our breath, our life, feels sucked away. Fear creeps in … Do we know anyone who might have been there? We Americans have become so accustomed to peace in our […]

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