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Confession: I'm Too Harsh with My Kids

Discipline is an appropriate wake-up call for our kids when they continue to misbehave over and over. But being too harsh in our discipline can cause significant damage. So when harshness becomes the normal way you treat your kids, it may be time to re-evaluate. To help fix this parenting problem, here are two steps to take. First, prepare in the morning how to patiently teach your child a lesson when rule...
Dec 14, 2017 / Discipline

Decoding Your Wife's Words

Twenty-five years of marriage to my wife, Susan, has taught me that women often communicate by saying one thing, but meaning another. So for all the men out there who thought it was impossible to understand women, here is a key for decoding your wife’s words. First, when she says “I’m fine” she really means “I’m not fine, but I’m not ready to talk about it.” Second, when she says, “Didn’t you go out with your...
Dec 13, 2017 / Husbands

23 Bad Habits Moms Can Break

We all make bad decisions sometimes. But when those bad decisions happen over and over, they lead to bad habits. Here are a few common bad habits that moms may want to break. First, break the habit of telling your child “I’ll be right there” and then forgetting about it. If your child doesn’t get attention from you, they may go looking for attention in the wrong places. Second, break the habit of spending money...
Dec 12, 2017 / Motherhood

7 Ways to Be a Hero to Your Husband

While I can’t give you superpowers, I can give you the power of insight regarding your spouse with 7 Ways to Be a Hero to Your Husband. First, praise him in front of the kids.  Say something along the lines of, “You should have seen your Dad today—he was awesome!” Second, engage in something he enjoys. Figure out what he’s passionate about and join in—whether it’s sports or exercise or cooking. Third, respect his...
Dec 11, 2017 / Wives

Decoding Your Husband's Words

In my effort to help wives better communicate with their husbands, I’m going to share with you today a double secret male code that we men completely understand, but women don’t.  So for all the women out there who thought it was impossible to understand men, here is a key for decoding just some of your husband’s words.  First, when he asks “What’s wrong?” he really means “It’s obvious something’s wrong, so please...
Dec 08, 2017 / Wives

7 Things a Son Needs from His Father

As a boy grows up, there are many people who will influence, impact, and inspire him. But, as his father, you want to be the main voice he hears. You are, and should be, his most important role model for life. So as your son grows and matures into a young man, be sure that you give him what he needs. First, he needs you to be present—in the little moments and in the big moments. Second, he needs you to affirm him...
Dec 07, 2017 / Fatherhood

3 Challenges with Young Adult Kids Home for the Holidays

When our older kids are home for the holidays, it’s easy to get excited about having everyone together. But our high expectations can sometimes lead to disappointments if not managed well. So, here are a couple of things to keep in mind. First, realize that your older kids are getting more accustomed to managing their life. So give them some space, avoid instruction and just enjoy being with them. Second, know...
Dec 06, 2017 / Relationships and Communication

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