Regina Wink Swinford: Notes from Parenting U

Regina Wink Swinford: Notes from Parenting U Regina Wink Swinford: Notes from Parenting U
I am a stay-at-home mom of four children, ages sixteen to six. My husband and I spend our days dealing with high school woes, middle school challenges, elementary school joys and homeschool cunundrums. I am hopeful that someday we will have a "normal" day, but I am not holding my breath.

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  • REGINA WINK SWINFORD: NOTES FROM PARENTING U

    Forgotten Tofu and Challenged Priorities

    I was looking for a block of cheese in the refrigerator when I spotted it. In the back, right corner of the second shelf behind the cheese and a partial loaf of bread sat the tofu. It took my breath away. I just couldn’t believe it. I remember buying the tofu around the second week ...

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    Fifteen Minutes of Perspective

    Between band practices, soccer games, archery club, homework, and volunteer activities, our gang has been hopping. In between the large stretches of crazy here, I have been trying very hard to practice a 500 year old prayer technique developed by St. Ignatius of Loyola. Before you raise your eyebrows...

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    Musings on Paintings and Parenting

    If I had to choose one piece of fine art that best describes my parenting life it would be The Scream by Edvard Munch. You know this painting. It is the one with a person standing on a bridge at sunset. The figure’s mouth is wide open in a silent scream with their hands pressed against...

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    Fifteen Days on the Ice

    The past fifteen days have been unbelievably hectic. I have begun to consider installing a revolving door. I started this blog in hopes that it would make me pause in hectic times to reflect on life’s meaning and messages. It has honestly worked fairly well until the last two weeks...

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    Recently Discovered Lessons

    This week I have been horrified by the accounts coming out of eastern Africa. There is a major famine in Somalia. Refugees are flooding into parts of Kenya and Ethiopia. Some of the most haunting stories to me are of parents who have had to leave dying children behind in an effort to save the...

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    "Mama Friends"

    I am very blessed to have wonderful middle school, high school and college friends with whom I keep in touch. Getting together with them is always a treat because I get to be Gina, Regina, or Rehi rather than just someone’s mom. They were friends I chose.    In many ways they...

  • REGINA WINK SWINFORD: NOTES FROM PARENTING U

    Saying Good-Bye to Harry

    In the fall of 2000, I met Harry Potter for the first time. I had been hearing about him from friends and in the paper, but had not taken the time to get acquainted personally. When I finally got a copy from the library, it didn’t take me long to become completely sucked into the world...

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    My Very Best Parenting Decision

    Twenty years ago today I made the best and smartest parenting decision of my life. Everything else I have done to help my kids grow and thrive has paled in comparison to that decision. Twenty years ago today, I married their dad. I am so blessed and lucky to be raising my children ...

  • REGINA WINK SWINFORD: NOTES FROM PARENTING U

    Lecture Repeats

    “BWAH-BWAH-BWAH” is the sound of grown-ups talking in Charlie Brown specials. Many parenting experts I have read say this is what our kids hear when we lecture them. Having been on the receiving end of many lectures growing up, I know this is partially true. But I do think when ...

  • REGINA WINK SWINFORD: NOTES FROM PARENTING U

    The Joys of the Farmers Market

    Summer is here with all the chaos it brings. This year the first week of summer included three birthdays, a visit from Grammy, a new cat, a broken washing machine, and a day trip to Owensboro. And it doesn’t look like things will quiet down anytime soon. Luckily, I have my weekly retreat...

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