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Are You Seeking Those Ideal Teachable Moments? Stop!
Are You Seeking Those Ideal Teachable Moments? Stop!

By: Christina Embree
Many people look for those teachable moments to pass wisdom to the next generation. If we only wait for those type of moments, we miss 98 percent of life. It's not a momentary action. It's a lifelong reality.

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The Irony of Mary: Great Joy, Great Suffering
The Irony of Mary: Great Joy, Great Suffering

By: Jeni Martin Johnson
Mary experienced great joy raising Jesus, but God's choice for Mary was also a difficult road of suffering. When feelings of suffering come, remember Mary. God saw her through and will see you through as well.

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Some Christians Cry Persecution to Avoid Accountability
Some Christians Cry Persecution to Avoid Accountability

By: Merianna Harrelson
Some U.S. evangelicals are claiming they're the victims of persecution, but it's closer to the truth to say they're actually being held accountable for their actions. There's a big difference between the two.

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3 Ways to Help Kids Grieve Death of Loved Ones
3 Ways to Help Kids Grieve Death of Loved Ones

By: Don Gordon
Dealing with death is never easy, especially when the one who dies is a child. For children who have lost someone, it's particularly upsetting. Here are 3 ways you can help them grieve.

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5 Reflections of a Grateful Adoptive Dad
5 Reflections of a Grateful Adoptive Dad

By: Blake McKinney
In a broken world where infertility is a painful reality that leaves hurting couples with empty arms and unplanned pregnancies leave children in need of a family, God solves both problems with the one miracle of adoption.

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Protecting Kids When They're Left to Their Own Devices
Protecting Kids When They're Left to Their Own Devices

By: Katharine Hill
When it comes to digital technology, how do you stay a step ahead and keep your children safe? You don't have to be an expert to protect them and help them make the most of what the digital world has to offer.

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3 Ways to Involve Your Kids in Disaster Relief Efforts
3 Ways to Involve Your Kids in Disaster Relief Efforts

By: Christina Embree
Hurricanes. Floods. Fires. Families who have lost everything. Our kids see all of this on the news and want to help. The worst answer you can give is to say "Nothing." Here are 3 ways to involve your children.

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5 Ways to Give Your Kids Something Great to Imitate
5 Ways to Give Your Kids Something Great to Imitate

By: Christina Embree
Children learn by imitating adults' behavior, whether that behavior is healthy for them or not. Here are 5 ways you can give your children something worthwhile to imitate.

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5 Ways Your Church Can Keep Families Together
5 Ways Your Church Can Keep Families Together

By: Christina Embree
Many churches want to find ways to incorporate more times for families to stay together in worship, but these congregations don't know where to start. Here are 5 ways your church can make it happen.

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Report: U.S. Child Well-Being Improved in 11 of 16 Areas
Report: U.S. Child Well-Being Improved in 11 of 16 Areas

By: EthicsDaily Staff
U.S. children have seen improvement over the past five years in 11 of 16 areas that serve as key indicators of well-being, a report said. Overall, children saw gains in economic well-being and health.

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 When Pastors Must Balance Between Good Cop, Bad Cop
When Pastors Must Balance Between Good Cop, Bad Cop

By: Mike Massar
Pastoring a church requires a delicate balance. At times, you're the good cop, compassionately meeting the church's needs. Other times, you're the bad cop, speaking truth when it can be hard to hear.

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How My Father Helped My Ministry Blossom
How My Father Helped My Ministry Blossom

By: Emily Hull McGee
I'm fortunate to have parents who work in my field. I'm learning this truth every day: My ministry is blossoming and coming to life because of my father's unique encouragement every step of the way.

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How Your Church Can Be Kind on Father's Day
How Your Church Can Be Kind on Father's Day

By: Elizabeth Evans Hagan
On Father's Day, churches should not only celebrate the vast array of what fatherhood looks like in our society but also acknowledge the grief this day holds for many.

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6 Ways Your Church Can Get Father's Day Right
6 Ways Your Church Can Get Father's Day Right

By:Julie Ball
In many churches, Father's Day gets scant attention while Mother's Day is a big deal. Many don't get it. Here are six ideas to help your church get it right on Father's Day and throughout the year.

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4 Ways Your Church Can Give Dads Their Due
4 Ways Your Church Can Give Dads Their Due

By: Doug Dortch
Father's Day doesn't get the attention it deserves. Rather than view it as a cultural accommodation, churches can touch on the practical ways that dads might live into their God-given roles and responsibilities.

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Mothers Become Peacemakers in Israel, Palestine
Mothers Become Peacemakers in Israel, Palestine

By: Lynne Hybels
Every mom wants her child to grow up to be kind and loving, but that's a daunting challenge when you live in a conflict zone. Here's how some mothers in Israel and Palestine are making a positive difference.

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Don't Shut Down if You Struggle with Infertility
Don't Shut Down if You Struggle with Infertility

By: Elizabeth Evans Hagan
It's difficult to live in a fertile world. To have the natural God-given desire to parent and not be able to do so without intense hardship. But for those couples who struggle, you are not alone.

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A Mother's Day Prayer to Relieve Church-Service Angst
A Mother's Day Prayer to Relieve Church-Service Angst

By: Don Gordon
A day intended to honor mothers amid a sacred gathering of worship becomes a day of great anxiety navigating how to do this or if it should be done at all. Three questions and one mom's prayer offer help.

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5 Smart Ideas to Incorporate Smartphones in Ministry
5 Smart Ideas to Incorporate Smartphones in Ministry

By: Renee Embree
Are smartphones a distraction in your youth group or ministry? These five suggestions can help you appropriately and creatively incorporate them into your ministry.

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The Difficult Decision to Emigrate, Leave Family Behind
The Difficult Decision to Emigrate, Leave Family Behind

By: Sue Smith
The decision to emigrate is a highly individual decision based on many factors. It is never made lightly and isn't without sacrifice for both parents and children. It changes the family dynamics forever.

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Teaching Missions to Kids in Our Self-Centered Culture
Teaching Missions to Kids in Our Self-Centered Culture

By: Sarah Stevens
In a culture that encourages and even demands self-centeredness, the church's role in teaching children to have a global and others-centered worldview is increasingly important. Here's how one church does it.

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10 Ways to Connect with Kids, Families on Christmas Eve
10 Ways to Connect with Kids, Families on Christmas Eve

By: Renée Embree
Most peoples' stereotype of church is that it's full of old people. Christmas Eve services give you an opportunity to go above and beyond to show you're welcome and ready for all generations.

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3 Ways to Help Your Kids Live a Life of Gratitude
3 Ways to Help Your Kids Live a Life of Gratitude

By: Christina Embree
Gratitude isn't limited to a spoken "thank you" or a special day. Simply put, gratitude is a life of awe - a place where we are aware of the incredible life we're given, from the air we breathe to the food we eat.

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What Will Your Kids Find When They Google You?
What Will Your Kids Find When They Google You?

By: Christina Embree
One day, your children are going to Google you? What will they find? Will they find that you social media self, your written words, are consistent with the things you are teaching them as truth, as right, as good?"

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What the Bible Says About Intergenerational Ministry
What the Bible Says About Intergenerational Ministry

By: Christina Embree
Intergenerational ministry is not a new craze. It's a practice that dates back to Christianity's origins. While age-appropriate ministry still has value, we can find ways to both in our churches.

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You Don't Realize How Weird Church Is
You Don't Realize How Weird Church Is

By: Nick Lear
Most adults in churches have grown so used to what we do that we don't realize how weird church is for the vast majority of people, even more so for children and young people. And many of them leave when they're adults.

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Out Of Balance: Helping Kids Survive 24/7 News Cycle
Out Of Balance: Helping Kids Survive 24/7 News Cycle

By: Christina Embree
The constant flow of news into all areas of our lives is having a negative effect on us and our kids. We can't hide from tragedy, but we can shield them and help them focus on the good. It's a matter of balance.

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Even Adults Can Learn From the Children's Message
Even Adults Can Learn From the Children's Message

By: Christina Embree
While age-appropriate ministry within the church is necessary and valuable, children and adults can still learn together in church. After all, even adults can learn something from the children's sermon.

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Teaching Children to be Heroes in Selfish World
Teaching Children to be Heroes in Selfish World

By: Christina Embree
Our children are growing up in a world of pride and judgment -- where the Almighty 'You' takes precedent over Us. We must teach them to be heroes who look beyond themselves to others.

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Parents Not Alone When It Comes to Discipling Children
Parents Not Alone When It Comes to Discipling Children

By: Christina Embree
Parents have a significant influence on their children, but it's not exclusively a parent's job to disciple their children. It is corporately the church's role to disciple children.

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Using Social Media with Grace, Not as Weapon of Shame
Using Social Media with Grace, Not as Weapon of Shame

By: Christina Embree
Social media is too often used as an avenue to shame, dishonor and ridicule people - even by Christians. Our kids deserve better examples from us. Let's model humility and grace on social media.

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What Moms Need from Church on Mother's Day (and Every Day)
What Moms Need from Church on Mother's Day (and Every Day)

By: Julie Ball
Many churches are planning how to observe Mother's Day on Sunday. Not all mothers need to stand up and be recognized in church. Instead, here are 7 things your church can do every day for moms.

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What Role Does Marriage Play in Poverty?
What Role Does Marriage Play in Poverty?

By: Robert Parham
Marriage plays a significant role in the struggle against poverty. And no civic institution is needed more to advocate for marriage and to equip married couples than the church.

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Christians Must Go Beyond the Golden Rule. Are You?
Christians Must Go Beyond the Golden Rule. Are You?

By: Christina Embree
Nearly every Christian embraces the truth of the Golden Rule, but Jesus calls us to go beyond that rule by being kind toward those who hate us. In our negative society, it's a vital lesson for our kids.

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Not OK! Our Leaders Teach Bad Lessons to Our Kids
Not OK! Our Leaders Teach Bad Lessons to Our Kids

By: Christina Embree
Our schools teach kids bullying is wrong, but the would-be leaders in the presidential campaign are undoing it all. It is not OK to ridicule or physically harm others. This isn't about politics; it's about humanity.

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3 Questions Before You Leave Your Church Youth Group
3 Questions Before You Leave Your Church Youth Group

By: Greg Mamula
If a church isn't meeting your child's needs, should you leave in order to find a church that's more entertaining or dynamic? Before you do, consider these three questions.

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You Have an Invitation to Join Slow Club
You Have an Invitation to Join Slow Club

By: Logan Carpenter
We're well into the Christmas season. Squished in with hope, joy and peace are parties, shopping, obligations, family gatherings and more. Know what you need? An invitation to the Slow Club.

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Why Christian Kids Are Less Generous Than Nonreligious
Why Christian Kids Are Less Generous Than Nonreligious

By: Christina Embree
Kids raised in religious homes, specifically Christian fundamentalist homes, tend to be more judgmental, less altruistic and more punitive than kids raised without religion. How do we turn it around?

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3 Spiritual Habits You Can Pass on to Your Children
3 Spiritual Habits You Can Pass on to Your Children

By: Christina Embree
Not only are your kids watching you, but they are also copying you. Like a serious game of "Simon Says," your children are learning what is normal in life by watching your actions.

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Report: 5 Million U.S. Children Have Parents in Prison
Report: 5 Million U.S. Children Have Parents in Prison

By: EthicsDaily Staff
More than 5 million children have had at least one parent with whom they live be incarcerated at some point in their childhood, a new report said. How are they affected by their parent's incarceration?

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4 Ways to Help Your Teens Navigate Social Media
4 Ways to Help Your Teens Navigate Social Media

By: Christina Embree
Social media has a huge impact on teens, with some checking their social media accounts 100 times per day. But parents can take some practical steps to help their kids navigate the digital world.

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You're Not Josh Duggar, But 'Small' Sins Do Damage, Too
You're Not Josh Duggar, But 'Small' Sins Do Damage, Too

By: Christina Embree
A blog post titled "I Am Josh Duggar" is circling social media. But the truth is many Christians are not Josh Duggar. While society and churches focus on 'big' sins, those 'little' sins we dismiss separate us from God, too.

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Intergenerational Worship Can Anchor Your Church's Youth
Intergenerational Worship Can Anchor Your Church's Youth

By: Christina Embree
Young people often leave church because they have no connection to the larger church body. While there's no magic bullet, intergenerational worship can provide that link.

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When Children Face Dilemma of Obedience
When Children Face Dilemma of Obedience

By: Fayiah S. Tamba
Although God has instructed children to obey their parents, that doesn't mean they should listen to negative commands that may hinder their relationships with God. Parents have a responsibility, too.

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9 Ways to Help Children Grow Spiritually This Summer
9 Ways to Help Children Grow Spiritually This Summer

By: Robert Guffey
Summer has arrived, and it's time for kids to play and make memories. Summer also provides time to intentionally help your children - or grandchildren - engage with God's world and grow spiritually.

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Answering Your Kids' Questions About Nepal Earthquake
Answering Your Kids' Questions About Nepal Earthquake

By: Christina Embree
As news of Nepal's devastating earthquake floods all forms of media, your children will hear about it and turn to you for help, advice and processing. Here are 4 things you can do.

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Pushy Parents Discourage Children from Team Sports
Pushy Parents Discourage Children from Team Sports

By: Jon Kuhrt
Children learn many positive lessons from team sports, but two studies find children are turned off from participating when their parents behave badly at games or put on too much pressure to win.

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How to Provide the Best Education Possible
How to Provide the Best Education Possible
By: Zach Dawes
Everyone wants to provide the best education possible. To see progress, each "side" must stop portraying the other as the enemy or treating them as a scapegoat. No more blame game.
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How Prophetic Moms Can Oppose Injustice Against Girls
How Prophetic Moms Can Oppose Injustice Against Girls
By: Alicia Davis Porterfield
Boko Haram kidnaps Nigerian school girls. Girls enter prostitution between 12 to 14 years old. What would it look like if mothers united and opposed these and other injustices against our girls?
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Parents Learn Skills for Raising Highly Capable Kids
Parents Learn Skills for Raising Highly Capable Kids
By: Kalie Lowrie
A Texas elementary school helped nearly 30 parents strengthen their parenting skills with an 11-week course, which received support and funding from Primera Baptist Church in Fort Worth.
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8 Spiritual Disciplines to Give Your Preschoolers
8 Spiritual Disciplines to Give Your Preschoolers
By: Brett Gibson
When it comes to laying a spiritual foundation in the livers of children, it's not the church that has the primary influence – it's the family. Here are eight steps to get your preschooler on the right path.
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Faith-Based Movies are Crowding the Silver Screen
Faith-Based Movies are Crowding the Silver Screen

By: Shaun King
An intriguing number of faith-based films are being released in 2014. Whether you lament or celebrate these films, remember this: They can inspire our faith, but it's our responsibility to nurture it.

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4 Suggestions for Parenting in the Digital Age
4 Suggestions for Parenting in the Digital Age
By: Brian Foreman
Families live in an increasingly digitally connected society because technology has become so accessible and convenient, but it can distract us from personal relationships. Here's what you can do.
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How Your Church Can Introduce Children to Lent
How Your Church Can Introduce Children to Lent

By: Bridgette Poag
Teaching children about the season of Lent can be difficult, but keeping it simple always helps. Drawing on the Winter Olympics, here are three ways you can teach kids and their families.

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Quality Education a Factor of Educator, Parent and Student Collaboration
Quality Education a Factor of Educator, Parent and Student Collaboration

Improving the education system requires a multi-faceted approach, combining the best practices of both public education advocates and school reformers.

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How to Introduce Your Children to Advent
How to Introduce Your Children to Advent
Advent is about anticipation, waiting for the arrival of Emmanuel. However, teaching fidgety youngsters about expectantly waiting can prove to be a challenge. Here are some ways to do it.
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The Sacred Act of Encouraging Children
The Sacred Act of Encouraging Children
Our children are listening to our every word and watching our every action. Our hope as parents is that when they grow, they'll remember the positive things they've seen and heard.
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Why Child Labor Isn't Always Bad
Why Child Labor Isn't Always Bad
The working conditions for many child laborers are unsatisfactory and inhumane, but it's healthy in some communities for children to be part of the work cycle.
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4 Reasons Parents Should Make Children Attend Church
4 Reasons Parents Should Make Children Attend Church

All parents have struggled with the fear that they could make their children hate church if they forced them to go. Here are 4 grace-filled reasons for taking your kids to church.

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Parenting Parents
To whom do you need to reach out for help as you nurture the children God has entrusted to your care? Why not begin with God, as Manoah did? I assure you God will respond to your prayer as He did Manoah’s. God loves your children as much, if not more, than you do. As a result, God is eager to grant you the wisdom, understanding and patience you need to be loving and responsible parents.
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Teaching Your Princess to Make Responsible Choices
Teaching Your Princess to Make Responsible Choices
The princess culture tells girls they must seek unattainable figures and be rescued by a man. Companies push this culture because it's profitable, not to codify a feminine standard.
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What Did Your Father Teach You?
What do you think Jesus learned from his heavenly Father? I think he learned about life, faith and relationships.
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Dads Aren't Perfect but We're Grateful for Them
Dads Aren't Perfect but We're Grateful for Them
There are no perfect fathers. Some are more skilled than others, but all are flawed in some way. But this Father's Day, we remember that many of them taught us how to live.
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The Divine Surprises of Adoption
(RNS) Jennifer Grant has posted prayers to remind her that parenthood is both a labor of love and a sacred calling.
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Oregon Strips Faith-healing Parents of Legal Defenses
PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) There is a new law that removes the remnants of Oregon’s legal protection for parents who rely solely on faith healing.
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Canadian Parents Sue over Religion in Daycare Centers
TORONTO (RNS) A group of parents is taking the province to court to challenge a government ban on religious teachings at subsidized daycare centers.
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The Greatest Lesson I Learned From My Dad
The Greatest Lesson I Learned From My Dad
Our parents are our first teachers, and their lessons are embedded deep in our souls. Of my dad's many lessons, I am particularly grateful that he taught me people are important.
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Parents Provide Compass for Children's Lives
Parents Provide Compass for Children's Lives
The role of parents isn't to look ahead and draw a map for their children. It's to provide them with a compass and allow them to chart their own course through life's journey.
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Why Do Some Parents View Our President with Fear?
Why Do Some Parents View Our President with Fear?
Parents pull their children from school so they aren't exposed to President Obama's speech. A Baptist pastor in Arizona prays for the president's death. What fuels such fear and hatred?
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Ocean's @ 13? Why More Parents Should Say 'No'
Ocean's @ 13? Why More Parents Should Say 'No'
A 13-year-old girl from the Netherlands wants to sail around the world solo. Her parents seem to think it's a great idea. Sometimes, children are better off when parents are willing to say 'no.'
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