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Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis
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Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis is a columnist and blogger from Birmingham, Alabama. Passionate about family and faith, she writes about everyday events that reveal God's movement in our lives. Kari's debut book for teen and tween girls, 10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know, published by Thomas Nelson is now available everywhere books are sold.

Kari and her husband, Harry, have four daughters and a mischievous dog named Lola. Join her at or on Facebook at Kari Kampakis, Writer.

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10 Wahrheiten, die alle Eltern von Schulkindern kennen sollten

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2015 | 9:15 AM

Es ist selten, jemanden sagen zu hören, er hätte die Mittelstufe während der Schulzeit geliebt. Sogar Leute mit positiven Schulerinnerungen sehen sie nicht als die besten Jahre ihres Lebens.

Es ist, einfach gesagt, eine schwierige Zeit. Es ist eine Zeit von ständigem Wandel, sozialen Erschütterungen, wechselnden Gefühlen und intensivem Druck....

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10 choses que tous les collégiens devraient savoir

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 2:16 PM

On entend rarement les gens dire qu'ils ont aimé le collège. Même ceux qui en gardent de bons souvenirs n'en parlent pas comme les meilleures années de leur vie.

En bref, c'est une période délicate où se mêlent changements incessants, chamboulement social, valse d'émotions et...

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10 choses que tous les adolescents devraient savoir

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 11:40 AM

On entend rarement les gens dire qu'ils ont aimé le secondaire. Même ceux qui en gardent de bons souvenirs n'en parlent pas comme les meilleures années de leur vie.

En bref, c'est une période délicate où se mêlent changements incessants, chamboulement social, valse d'émotions et pressions intenses. Le fait de...

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Die 10 häufigsten Fehler, die Eltern machen

(3) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 10:22 AM


Als ich Mutter wurde, bekam ich jede Menge Ratschläge, wie ich mein Kind lieben sollte. Aber erst vor ein paar Jahren machte mich jemand darauf aufmerksam, was ein Kind zu lieben wirklich bedeutet: Das zu wollen, was langfristig das Beste für es...

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10 verità che ogni studente di scuola media dovrebbe conoscere

(1) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 9:50 AM

È molto raro che qualcuno dica di aver amato le scuole medie. Anche chi serba dei bei ricordi non li descrive come i suoi anni migliori. Per farla semplice, è un periodo piuttosto delicato. È un'età di continui cambiamenti, emozioni contrastanti e forti pressioni. Se ho imparato qualcosa dal mio...

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10 Truths Middle Schoolers Should Know

(279) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 1:53 PM

It's rare to hear anyone say they loved middle school. Even people with positive memories never tout it as the best years of their life.

Simply put, it's an awkward season. It's a time of constant changes, social shake-ups, swinging emotions, and intense pressures. If I've learned anything from working...

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Prepare the Child for the Road, Not the Road for the Child

(1) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 12:02 PM

Years ago, my friend's daughter really wanted to be chosen as "Swimmer of the Week" at their country club. It's an honor bestowed weekly to one child per age group in the summer.

Parents will sometimes call the club to request that their child be picked. But my friend didn't...

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8 Lessons I Learned From My Daughter's Cheerleading Tryouts

(2) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 1:13 PM

Well, we made it. We survived our first big tryout week. Honestly, it was better than I expected. Even if my daughter hadn't made the 7th grade cheer squad, I'd still say that.

I was nervous going in, mostly because of the crazy cheer momma stories I'd heard about people...

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So erziehen Sie Ihre Tochter zu einem liebevollen Menschen

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 12:20 PM

Als meine Tochter Ella in der vierten Klasse war, stieg sie eines Tages nach der Schule ins Auto und erzählte mir, dass sie zur Wahl der Schülersprecherin antreten wolle.

An ihrer Schule hat jede Klasse einen eigenen Vertreter und ich war begeistert, dass sie sich zur Wahl aufstellen lassen wollte....

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Why I Feel Sorry for Bullies, Haters and Critics

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 12:44 PM

I don't understand all the cruelty in this world.

There is cruelty at school. Cruelty on the Internet. Cruelty among enemies. Cruelty among "friends." Add it all together, and it can threaten your hope in humanity.

There was a time when I thought I had nothing in common with mean...

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The Deep End of Love

(57) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 10:22 AM

I should have been exhausted, but I wasn't.

I needed to sleep, but I couldn't.

Instead, I only wanted to look at my new baby girl, an eight-pound miracle named Ella. After an 18-hour labor, she arrived around midnight. As we settled into a hospital room, our surroundings dark and...

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Why Women Need Their Girlfriends

(17) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 4:07 PM

Years ago, I was at the beach with my family when I noticed a group of ladies nearby who appeared to be in their 50s.

With a quick glance, I knew they were on a girls' weekend. All the signs were there -- coolers and cocktails, beach bags with romance...

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When Our Children Bring Mistakes to Us

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 12:25 PM

About a year ago, I was sound asleep one night when I heard my daughter creep into my bedroom.

She was shaking and crying, and even in the dark I could tell she was troubled. Since she had a friend staying over, I was extra-worried. In choking sobs she...

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Dieci errori comuni che oggi fanno i genitori (me inclusa)

(28) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 9:51 AM

Quando sono diventata mamma, di consigli su come crescere mio figlio ne ho ricevuti a pacchi. Ma solo pochi anni fa c'è stato qualcuno che mi ha finalmente fatto notare come voler bene ai propri figli significhi in realtà desiderare ciò che è meglio per loro a lungo...

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25 Dinge, die meine Töchter wissen müssen, wenn ich sterbe

(1) Comments | Posted May 17, 2014 | 1:06 PM

Niemand denkt gerne an den eigenen Tod, aber als plötzlich zwei junge Mütter in meiner Stadt starben, kam ich ins Grübeln.

Ich habe Laura Black und Elliot Williams nie persönlich getroffen, aber sie haben mich inspiriert. Sie waren die Mütter, Freundinnen, Ehefrauen, Powerfrauen die jeder kannte. Über Monate folgte ich...

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If I Die Young

(11) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 3:03 PM

Nobody likes to think about their mortality, but the untimely deaths in 2012 of two young moms in my city of Birmingham, Alabama, really made me consider mine.

I never met Laura Black or Elliot Williams in person, but they inspired me. They were the moms/friends/wives/amazing women everyone knew and...

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부모들이 하는 흔한 실수 10

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 11:36 PM

처음 엄마가 되었을 때 아이를 올바르게 키우는 방법에 대해 많은 조언을 들었습니다. 그런데 몇 년 전 누군가 저에게 조언했습니다. 부모 스스로가 장기적인 관점을 갖고 아이를 키우는 것이야말로 아이에게 가장 좋은 양육법이라고 말입니다.

저에겐 네 명의 딸이 있습니다. 아이들이 어렸을 때 이 ‘장기적’이라는 말에 대해서 저는 그다지 신경을 쓰지 않았습니다....

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10 errores comunes que cometemos los padres de hoy en día

(2) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 1:00 AM

Cuando iba a ser mamá por primera vez, me dieron un montón de consejos. Pero, hasta hace unos pocos años, no hubo nadie que me comentara que querer a un niño significa querer lo mejor para él a largo plazo.

Cuando mis cuatro hijas eran pequeñas, el largo plazo no...

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10 Common Mistakes Parents Today Make (Me Included)

(58) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 10:47 AM

When I became a mom, I got lots of advice on how to love my child. But not until a few years ago did someone actually point out that loving a child means wanting what's best for them long-term.

When my four daughters were young, long-term didn't resonate with me....

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Raising a Kind Daughter

(23) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 9:28 AM

When my daughter Ella was in fourth grade, she got in the car one day after school and announced her plan to run for student council.

At her school each class has a representative, and I was thrilled she planned to put her name in the hat. Even if she...

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