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There is sometimes a perception that because I have been a pastor for the past 20 years and have been counseling at least as long, that I have my whole life together.

But honestly, that’s not always the case.

I struggle with many of the same things that you do, and that’s one of the reasons I write Alice at Dawn. So that we can tackle those questions together.

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Featured: Don't take it so personally

Point #5 in my Top 10 List for Parenting Young Adults is: Don't take it personally … These were the exact words of my daughter during our conversation about what young adults wish their parents knew: "Parents should not react to our decisions about how we choose to live as if they are a personal […]

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Don't take it so personally

Point #5 in my Top 10 List for Parenting Young Adults is: Don't take it personally … These were the exact words of my daughter during our conversation about what young adults wish their parents knew: "Parents should not react to our decisions about how we choose to live as if they are a personal […]

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Boundaries are ...

Back to point #6 in my Top 10 List for Parents of Adult Children - Have healthy boundaries! As parents and kids navigate the turbulent waters of kiddos becoming adults and parents of kiddos becoming parents of adults, the concept of developing healthy boundaries is right at the top of my "what keeps relationships healthy" […]

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Let's talk boundaries!

Moving on to point #6 in my Top 10 List for Parents of Adult Kids: Have healthy boundaries. Let me first say a word about what boundaries are NOT. Boundaries are NOT an excuse for choosing never to see your kids again; for cutting them out of your life. Boundaries are NOT an excuse for […]

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Caring for aging parents

Before I move on to point #6 in my Top 10 List for Parents of Young Adults, I want to take a brief interlude to talk about an issue that parents of young adults often deal with: Caring for aging parents. No wonder when we are in our 40's, 50's and 60's we are often […]

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No holiday guilt

I was talking with my parents the other day about this idea of not using guilt in our relationships, especially the relationships between parents and grown children. My mom, who happened to be in a hospital bed at the moment with wicked bronchitis, perked up when the topic of parents using guilt arose. She gathered […]

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If I can't use guilt, then what?

Point #7 in my Top Ten List for Parenting Young Adults is No Guilt. Do not try to make your kids feel guilty about the amount of time they spend or don't spend with you. It doesn't work. "Ok," you might say … "If I can't use guilt, what do I do instead? What if […]

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Welcome to Alice at Dawn. My short posts are meant to be regular reminders to keep walking, to keep living, to continue to listen to the voice deep within your spirit that whispers ... this is the way. Walk in it.

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