susan walley schlesman

author, teacher, soul-seeker, litérateur

where hope grows through literature, faith, and family

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How to handle rebellious teenagers

If you’re a parent, even of young children, you're probably freaked out about the teen years. You've heard way too many stories about kids and weed, alcohol, porn, and sexting. If you have teenagers, maybe your fears have become reality. Regardless of your experiences...

What will you dream when you grow up?

Dreamer is an important label right now. It always has been, or at least it should be, especially when referring to children. Artist, ballerina, astronaut, professional athlete, teacher, nurse, policeman. Somewhere along the journey through childhood, a hobby became a...

A Man Called Ove Book Review

Have you known any crochety old people--perhaps parents, grandparents, or neighbors--who demand perfection of everyone but lack the grace to overlook their own short-comings? Have you known men or women who who dislike everyone and everything, and yet secretly helps...

Choosing what is better

Prioritizing is perhaps the greatest of all Western philosophies. We, who are privileged to live in the Western world, have thousands of choices each day, from coffee to clothing to traffic routes to planning our day's activities. Not to mention the big ones:...

6 encouragements to give your kids, no matter how old they are

I'm not the world's most naturally encouraging person, but I want to be. So I've tried to acquire encouraging statements that I read or hear other people use, and I speak them to my own kids. I believe them, of course, or I wouldn't say them. Words have power, and I...

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