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The President Undercuts Stay-at-Home Parents

The President Undercuts Stay-at-Home Parents

What do we want our homes to be like? Is it good for our parenting years to be consumed with work and kids to the exclusion of much of our leisure and to the detriment of our recommended sleep? Are we writing off the effect of having a parent “always around” when our children are growing up (especially in their earliest years)? And what does outsourcing our parenting for 6-10 hours per day do to our ability to raise them as we see fit from a religious and cultural perspective?

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Jan. 23 South Dakota Legislative Billwatch

Jan. 23 South Dakota Legislative Billwatch

Here are some of the notable bills being considered in the South Dakota Legislature today. I haven’t had a chance to review all of these in detail yet, but because of their subject matter, they warrant scrutiny.

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Overcoming Lying

Overcoming Lying

Have you ever noticed that some kids are hard wired to tell the truth? When they do try to lie, they are really bad at it. Their faces turn red. They sweat, and they stumble over their words. Other kids are naturals, but for them, telling the truth can be challenging.

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Rights v. Responsibility: A Critique of the Natural Birth Movement

Rights v. Responsibility: A Critique of the Natural Birth Movement

I recently came across an article discussing a new reality television series called “Born in the Wild,” which will document the experiences of women who choose to give birth unassisted and outdoors. According to a Lifetime network executive, “These are all people who have already had babies in hospitals who had unsatisfying experiences and who are choosing to have different experiences. This is something people are doing and we set out to document it.”

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Hey Michelle, ‘Trash cans are fuller than our stomachs!’

Hey Michelle, ‘Trash cans are fuller than our stomachs!’

Many of you can relate with me when I say the words, “school lunch.” I have toured all across America speaking in public high schools and the first thing that brings me back to my childhood is by far the smell of the lunchroom. Have you noticed that government is making itself more and more at home in all our lives?

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The Power of Definitions

The Power of Definitions

What does obedience mean in your household? Can each person in your family give a clear definition of what it looks like to be obedient? There is power in definitions. A shared vocabulary helps everyone to be on the same page and brings a certain clarity and peace to family life.

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Not All Play is Created Equal

Not All Play is Created Equal

When we were kids, most of what we did would be called “open play.” According to Tim Holliday, owner of Children’s World toy store in Sarasota, Florida, open play means, “You take [a toy] out of the box, and it’s up to the child to figure out what to do with it.”

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Honoring Father and Mother

Honoring Father and Mother

Have you heard of the Canary in the coal mine? You know it is that allusion to caged canaries that miners would carry down into the mineshafts with them. If dangerous gases such as methane or carbon monoxide leaked into that shaft, the gases would kill the canary before killing the miners. The death of the canary provided a warning to exit the tunnels immediately. Is there a canary in the coalmine for a country or for a society?

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Noted Psychiatrist: Transgenderism Is a Mental Disorder

Noted Psychiatrist: Transgenderism Is a Mental Disorder

A well-known psychiatrist associated with Johns Hopkins Hospital has made a potentially groundbreaking claim that transgenderism is a “mental disorder” that merits treatment and that sex change is “biologically impossible.” Dr. Paul R. McHugh is the former psychiatrist-in-chief and the current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry for John Hopkins. He recently wrote in the Wall Street Journal that people who promote sexual reassignment surgery are collaborating with and promoting a mental disorder.

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How We Told Our Kids About Sex

How We Told Our Kids About Sex

Rocker Marilyn Manson, while certainly no role model for children, is, nonetheless, an intelligent chap. He at least calls it how he sees it. “This is the culture you’re raising your kids in,” he once warned of today’s godless, secularized America – one that he helped make so. “Don’t be surprised if it blows up in your face.” And blow up it will.

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