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Be a Better Spouse: Accept, Applaud, Allow

It’s easy to instruct your mate on how they can be a better husband or wife.  But maybe it’s time to look at yourself.  Maybe it’s time for you to be the best you can be.  How? First, accept your spouse for who they are. Love them unconditionally. Accept their wonderful qualities…and their flaws. Second, applaud your spouse.  When you see your spouse doing something good, encourage them with your words. Third,...
May 25, 2018 / General

Putting “Memorial” Back into Memorial Day

Since our nation first began fighting for independence in 1775, more than one million Americans have lost their lives serving our country.  To honor these fallen soldiers, Memorial Day was established.  This day was set aside to celebrate patriotism through parades, picnics, and plenty of food.  Unfortunately, Memorial Day in our culture has turned into just another 3 day weekend.  So here are some simple ways to...
May 24, 2018 / Holidays

How to Romance Your Spouse

After a number of years together, marriage can start to seem ordinary, routine, or even boring.  But I’d like to challenge you to bring the passion and excitement back into your marriage by making your spouse feel loved.  Here are some simple ways to romance your spouse.  First, write them a love note.  Tell your spouse something you love about them, and then hide the note in their wallet or on their pillow. ...
May 23, 2018 / Dating Your Spouse

How to Evaluate Your Relationship with Your Child

Just like anything else in life, parenting will bring out strengths and weaknesses in you.  For example, you may be great at spending tons of time with your kids, yet struggle to communicate well with them.  So, to help you honestly evaluate your relationship with your child, here are 15 questions to ask them.  First, ask your child, “How do you know I love you?”  Next, ask, “Do I spend enough time with you?”...
May 22, 2018 / General

10 Life Skills Your Teen Needs Before Leaving Home

Over the last few years, I’ve watched all 5 of my kids grow up and head out into the world.  Though I can’t be with them as they journey into life after high school, I worked hard to prepare them.  Be sure to share these life skills for teens with them if they’re about to leave the nest.  First, make sure they know some basic cooking skills.  They’ll be much better off knowing how to prepare a few simple, healthy...
May 21, 2018 / Life Stage: Pre-Teens and Teenagers

How to Discipline Your Child

It’s important for every parent to know the fundamentals of discipline.  One of the fundamentals is unified discipline. You need to agree on how you will discipline your children—ahead of time.  If a new situation arises, talk privately first and come to agreement with your spouse—before you approach your children.  Show your kids you’re unified, it’s easier for you, and much better for them.  If you have more...
May 18, 2018 / Discipline

Words of Wisdom for Graduates

Graduation is a whirlwind.  As for my kids, there have been 5 gowns worn, 5 caps thrown into the air, and 5 high school diplomas received.  At each graduation, we celebrated the closing of a chapter, and also celebrated the start of a new chapter: college.  As your teen prepares to head off to college, here are the ABC’s of college wisdom to share with them. “A” stands for Academics. School is a top priority.  A...

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