Sammy Rhodes’ book This Is Awkward evokes a lot of familiar emotions as he writes about his own experiences with his father, and the impact those experiences have on his life and relationships with his own children. Our first gifts to our children are the characteristics they’ve either inherited or learned from us. And sometimes …

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Though parenting young children can be the most demanding of seasons in a person’s life, it is also a time that our minds return to with an increasing fondness as the years pass. Sarah Condon writes an essay on The Work Of Love which is parenting: It is hard to recognise that you are in …

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We never really did the Santa Claus thing, but we made sure everyone got lots of presents. Regardless. One mother’s struggle to observe some of the cultural expressions of Christmas without yielding to its anti-gospel narrative of performance rewards. A taste: My six-year-old asked my nine-year-old this question in the backseat of my car recently, …

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