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Triggered Parenting

April 1, 2016 by Katie Gohde

“They’re just grabbing another gear.” That’s what Steve calls it. What he’s referring to are the moments when Robbie or Maddie’s behavior remind us they are in fact human beings with free will. But these “unexpected” moments always take us by surprise. In grad school, long before I had children of my own, I “specialized”...

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The Flourishing Mom – Part 3 – Manna

March 9, 2016 by Katie Gohde

The last couple of weeks, I have talked about our tendency as moms to prioritize the non-essential, and push through feelings of weariness. This week, I want to talk about manna. Remember the Israelites? We’ve read the story a million times so it can lose its impact because of it’s familiarity. But humor me for...

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The Flourishing Mom part 2 – Weary Warning Signs

February 8, 2016 by Katie Gohde

Last week, I shared my typical pathway to burnout – not prioritizing that which is truly ESSENTIAL – restorative rest in the Lord. But, if you’re like me, you might be so busy tending to the needs of others that you’re not even aware of your own empty cup. In Matthew 11:28, Jesus says, “Come...

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Flourishing Mom – Part 1 – “What is essential?”

February 1, 2016 by Katie Gohde

The MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) theme for the year 2015 is “a fierce flourishing.” When I heard that, I was inspired…and a tad intimidated. I would like my experience as a mother to be described as “fiercely flourishing.” Maybe I had “fiercely flourishing” moments before kids. But now, as a working mom with 2 pre-schoolers, I’m...

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Permalink to Imperfect Motherhood: Part 3- Comparison

Imperfect Motherhood: Part 3- Comparison

December 28, 2015 by Katie Gohde

Last year was Robbie’s first year of preschool. My husband and I attended SEVERAL open houses in our area before before deciding on 3 schools we liked best. I remember calling a good friend and confessing, “It cannot be normal to feel this level of angst over getting into preschool.” She laughed and agreed, “I...

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Permalink to Imperfect Motherhood: Part 2 – Compassion

Imperfect Motherhood: Part 2 – Compassion

December 21, 2015 by Katie Gohde

Almost immediately after blowing out the candles on my 13th birthday cake, I signed up for the red cross babysitting course. I’ve always been a kid person at heart. And probably a therapist too, because, for some reason, kids always shared pretty deep stuff with me. Sometimes their parents even solicited advice about how to...

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Permalink to Imperfect Motherhood: Part 1- Authenticity

Imperfect Motherhood: Part 1- Authenticity

December 15, 2015 by Katie Gohde

I was at Publix the other day with the kids. Robbie calls it “our Publix” because it’s the one closest to our house. We’ve gotten to know the cashiers and baggers over the years and they’re always sweet with the kids. “Good morning, Robbie! Are you going to pay for the groceries today?” “Maddie –...

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Permalink to 3 Strategies to Reclaim Focus on What Matters Most

3 Strategies to Reclaim Focus on What Matters Most

October 6, 2015 by Todd Sandel

“I’m about to take that Blackberry and throw it out the window!” I can still remember that frighteningly calm yet fierce moment when my sweet, tender wife caught me completely gazing at my phone scanning for emails instead of talking and connecting with her. I was practicing my own advice I give my clients to...

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