BETTINA CARLOS

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A continuation of the “How I do’s” that make Gummy the behaved and mature girl that—modesty aside—people find admirable in my little girl. 11. If your child throws tantrums, leave her. She should learn that making a scene would never get her what she wants. When she is calmer, ask…

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We frequently hear this line as an expression, a joke, or a statement that is half meant. Nevertheless, it usually has an underlying intention from the speaker to find out how they can be like person they look up to. So on a more serious note, why don’t I list…

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In celebration of my daughter’s sixth year of life, I want to honor my Partner who has made parenting—despite the solo status—work out. Most people think that single parenting is hard. That’s true. But not as difficult if you have a Partner who carries your burdens for you, promises to…

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A week into my daughter’s sixth birthday (where did time really go?), spare this momma a little nostalgia and journey with her as she looks back at life as a single parent for six years and counting … It was not easy. But it had always been manageable. I believe…

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A week after celebrating one of the most expensive holidays [Valentine’s apparently running third after Christmas and Mother’s Day) I am reminded of love in the greatest and purest form—God’s Love. Two instances led me to ruminate on this topic. First was a reading on the last few chapters of…

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This is the common answer I receive from spiritual mentors and disciplers when I ask them, how do I know if a believer is true? “It is by the fruit they bear.” I love learning and listening about the Holy Spirit and Fruit of the Spirit because I know that…

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Oh, the most beautiful thing in the world—the word that is most overused in the dictionary, the thing that makes the world go ‘round. What is love, really? I know it is quite overrated and bordering redundancy to be talking about love during the Love Month (as if this is…

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I will bet that 100-percent of people agree to the saying, “the earlier, the better,” in pursuing most everything in life. The earlier you know about things to come, the more prepared you will be. The earlier you know the cause of an illness, the sooner you can give the…

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Don’t you find it amusing how sometimes the most random of things our children say speak so much to us about life (and love)? How sometimes, us parents are reminded by God through the tiny, innocent lips of our kids? Here are some life principles my five-year-old reminds me of…

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January 1 might have already passed, but because it is still the first month of the year, most of us feel that it is still not too late to start our “a list to change” or “a list to improve on.” Let me tell you the good news: With the…

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