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Parenting Tips to Get Your Priorities Straight

During busy times does your job or family become the main focus? University of Georgia head football coach Mark Richt said that no matter what, he drove his kids to school, even during football season. Spending that time with them was a top priority. So what can you do to make sure you’re spending enough time with your kids during a busy season? Start by setting appointments on your calendar to spend one-on-one...
Jul 07, 2020 / General

5 Types of Powerful Words for Your Marriage

We all know how powerful words can be.  They have the power to poison and even kill a relationship.  But they also have the power to build up and breathe life into a relationship.  Here are 5 types of words that can help breathe life into your marriage.  First, respectful words.  Choosing to use respectful words with your spouse means choosing to honor them—not undermine them.  Second, affirming words.  No matter...
Jul 06, 2020 / Communication

15 Things to Do When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed

You overslept; there’s no hot water left in the shower; you can’t find your other shoe.  So when your child jumps onto your lap and spills coffee down your shirt, it’s the last straw.  You snap.  Unfortunately, our kids are sometimes the ones who are on the receiving end of our frustration when things overwhelm us.  Here are 15 things to do when you’re feeling overwhelmed.  First, lean on your spouse. When you’re...
Jul 03, 2020 / Family Living

Stop, Drop, and Roll: 3 Ways to Increase Family Time This Summer

We only have so many summers to make memories with our kids before they leave the nest. So, with school out, give your kids your best. First, STOP being connected 24/7 to work. Give yourself permission to be DISCONNECTED from work so you can be RECONNECTED with your kids. Second, DROP the phones, tablets and other tech that keep you from your family. Set daily times, especially when you’re on vacation, where...
Jul 02, 2020 / Family Time & Vacations

3 Life Lessons from Baseball

Here are 3 life lessons from one of America’s favorite pastimes.  First, patience is a virtue.  The desire today for instant success is overwhelming.  But baseball shows us that even the best players only hit the ball about 3 out of 10 times.  So having patience is key to succeeding in baseball, and in life.  Second, baseball teaches us how to deal with pressure.  It takes less than half a second for a ball to...
Jul 01, 2020 / Miscellaneous

What to Look for in a Spouse

There are lots of qualities that matter: character, integrity, stability. But here’s something else to consider: look for someone who encourages you and has a positive outlook. It’s hard to have a happy marriage when your partner constantly criticizes you or makes you feel inadequate. Your spouse should be trying to build you up, not tear you down. And, it’s easier to have a happy marriage when you’re with someone...
Jun 30, 2020 / General

Just Like Dad

The old saying goes that girls often choose husbands who are like their dads.  How does that sit with you?  Our girls are watching us for an example of what to expect from their future spouse.  Are you kind to your wife?  Do you encourage her?  What about your daughter… do you hug her and tell her you love her?  Are you there when she needs you?  If you aren’t, it’s not too late to change.  Sit down with your...
Jun 29, 2020 / Fatherhood

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