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Teenager and Parent Relationship Advice

Over the years, my wife, Susan has taught me how to maintain a great relationship with each of our children. Here are a few lessons I’ve learned. First, don’t take it personally.  When my daughters became teens, I didn’t understand…“Why doesn’t she want to hold my hand?” “Why would she rather go to the mall than go bike riding with me?” Susan told me, “Don’t take it personally, and don’t try to force anything…give...
Jun 25, 2018 / Life Stage: Pre-Teens and Teenagers

How a Messy Marriage Can Be a Meaningful Marriage

Marriages are messy because people are messy. Each one of us is unique…we have unique minds and personalities. We have different ways of processing and seeing things. But a messy marriage can be a meaningful marriage. Communication is one of the messiest parts of marriage. For example, when you constantly have the same old marriage fights…things can get out of hand. To make that mess beautiful, it’s important to...
Jun 22, 2018 / General

What a Daughter Needs from Her Father

As your daughter grows up, she’ll develop relationships with young men. But the one man she should be able to count on to always be there for her is you: her Dad.  You play a huge role in your daughter’s journey from a little girl to a young lady.  And on that journey, here are 7 things your daughter needs from you.  First, she needs you to be involved.  Ask her about her day, join her in her hobbies, and become a...
Jun 21, 2018 / Fatherhood

Why Expecting the Unexpected is Important in Parenting

When our kids are young, we map out in our minds what we want for them.  We want them to be successful in school, in work, and in relationships.  But many unexpected things will occur in their lives.  Our kids will fail, face rejection, get sick, and make poor choices.  A key to parenting is to expect the unexpected when raising your kids.  Here are 3 reasons why. First, it helps you avoid overreacting.  Expecting...
Jun 20, 2018 / General

What You Need to Know for Raising Sons

We all know that boys are very different from girls.  Generally speaking, boys are rougher, louder, and less attentive.  So how can you raise your boy to be a responsible man?  Here are 7 principles for raising sons well.  First, channel their energy.  Rather than try to get rid of your son’s energy, channel it into something productive like sports, arts, or other activities with friends.  Second, protect their...
Jun 19, 2018 / Motherhood

5 Places You and Your Kids Can Serve Others

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. told us what greatness is all about. He said, “Everyone can be great because everyone can serve.” One of our jobs as parents is to talk to our kids about the significance of serving others and show them how to do it. Serving others starts in your family. You don’t have to look any farther than the four walls of your home to serve others. Doing chores together around the house, such as...
Jun 18, 2018 / Character

How to Revive a Dying Marriage

There are some things we need to survive physically—air, food, water. There are some things we need to survive emotionally in marriage—things like love, trust, truth and understanding. When a marriage is deprived of such things, it can slowly start to die. Here are 3 ways to revive a dying marriage.  First, stop suffocating your marriage.  Your words are powerful—the words you say out loud to your spouse and the...
Jun 15, 2018 / Saving Your Marriage

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