Theme for August: Communication
My nephew just turned twenty-three. Historically summer birthdays are celebrated during shared time at the family cabin in Minnesota. This year, my nephew had an internship in Chicago. He and my daughter weren’t able to make their traditional birthday cake together. Times change as children age. On the drive from Minnesota to Colorado my family stopped in Iowa in order to see the family members we were missing, uncertain if Michael would be a part of the gathering. Although brief, we did have the opportunity to connect face-to-face. Time was condensed yet highly concentrated with laughter, smiles, good natured teasing,and conversation. We packed a lot into those short hours, exchanging I love yous and hugs.
Parenting Tip: Verbalizing affection and laughing together…timeless treasures.
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About the Author
Lori Wildenberg is a licensed parent and family educator, parent coach, and co-founder of 1Corinthians13 Parenting.com. She has written 6 books including Messy Journey: How Grace and Truth Offer the Prodigal a Way Home; The Messy Life of Parenting: Powerful and Practical Ways to Strengthen Family Connections; and her most recent book, Messy Hope: Help Your Child Overcome Anxiety, Depression, or Suicidal Ideation. Contact Lori for your next event or for parent consulting or parent training courses. Lori can also be found mentoring over at the MOMS Together Group on Facebook.