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Lincoln’s Lessons for Enduring a Difficult Marriage

“Can’t you do anything right?” “You’re worthless.” Or “I don’t know why I married you.” Have you ever heard any of those scathing words before in your marriage? If you have, you’re not alone. In fact, one of the greatest men in American history has dealt with similar issues. His name? Abraham Lincoln. At the same time Lincoln was working to promote peace in America, he was struggling to keep peace in his marriage....
Mar 21, 2019 / General

The Key to a Close-Knit Family

I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t want a strong, close-knit family. The question is: How do we move from wanting one to having one? Growing up, I remember seeing a highway billboard over and over again on our road trips. It said, “The Family That Prays Together, Stays Together.” A number of recent studies have revealed that there is in fact some truth to this timeless slogan.  Specifically, research has shown that...
Mar 20, 2019 / Relationships and Communication

5 Ways to Be a Better Dad

Pursuing the goal of being an All Pro Dad is one of the most important things you can do in life. And it’s a goal we get to strive toward for the rest of our lives.  So here are 5 ways to be a better dad to your children.  First, be there for your kids.  It’s so important to set aside one-on-one time for each of your kids so you can get to know them and love them well. Second, share a passion.  Find something you...
Mar 19, 2019 / Fatherhood

Why Education is Not the Most Important Thing

Most parents are extremely focused on the grades their child gets but what about how they get them? Are they cutting corners or cheating to achieve those grades? While education is obviously very important, the character and integrity our children establish should be the most important. If your child is getting an A in the classroom and an F in character, have they really learned anything of significance? What...
Mar 18, 2019 / School and Learning

5 Ways to Encourage Sibling Love

The term “sibling rivalry” often comes to our minds a whole lot faster than “sibling love.”  Perhaps it’s because of the way the backseat of our car is constantly filled with, “Tell Kevin to stop pulling on my hair,” or “Make Janie leave me alone!”  Teaching your children to love one another is never easy, but is always worth it.  So here are 5 ways to encourage sibling love in your family.  First, encourage warm...
Mar 15, 2019 / Relationships and Communication

The Dangers of Complaining to Your Kids About Your Spouse

Without realizing it, you say something to your kids like, “How is it that your mom always forgets to do things I ask her?” No big deal, right? Wrong. When you speak unkind words about your spouse you are creating a negative image of your spouse to your kids. And once your kids have a negative image of one of their parents, they start repeating those unkind and disrespectful words also to that parent. Then,...
Mar 14, 2019 / General

How to Know When Your Child is Ready to Make Choices

There are many factors that play into knowing when your child is ready to make their own choices. You not only want to consider their age, but also their maturity level, ability to accept responsibility and make good decisions.  Also, they may be ready to make decisions in some areas but not in others. For example, your daughter may be wise in choosing friends, but struggles to choose outfits that are modest.  In...
Mar 13, 2019 / General

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