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Creative Discipline Ideas for Kids

Disciplining our children takes dedication and effort. It also helps to mix in a little creativity. So get out of the discipline rut with our twenty one creative consequences. If you have younger children who are messy, try this: set the toy somewhere out of reach but within sight for a few days. Seeing it, but not getting it, will remind them to pick it up and put it away next time. Here’s another one…want your...
Jun 02, 2020 / Discipline

How to Help Your Spouse Have an Affair

In marriage, there are two people and two sides to every story.  When it comes to affairs, both spouses can often point to things that led to the infidelity.  The person having the affair cannot justify it…it’s never a good thing…but there may be some things that pushed them in that direction.  Here are some ways to push your spouse toward an affair.  First, don’t really listen.  Be sure to glance down at your...
Jun 01, 2020 / Saving Your Marriage

Confession: What I Learned from a Fight with My Wife

Last night, Susan and I got into an argument.  So is this simply a confession? No. I’d like for good to come out of it. Here are the cardinal relationship rules that I broke last night.  First, I broke our 9pm curfew on having serious discussions. We’re usually tired and cranky after that time so we shouldn’t talk about important topics. Last night, it was really late, about 11:30pm. Second, I broke the one issue...
May 29, 2020 / Husbands

5 Family Financial Priorities

Unfortunately, it’s really easy to spend money. The best way to avoid wasting your hard-earned money is by forming financial priorities. So here are 3 specific financial priorities for you and your family. First, shelter is a priority. But, keep in mind, it’s not about having more garage doors than your neighbor—it’s about choosing a home based on safety, local education, and affordability. Second, nourishment is...
May 28, 2020 / Family Living

4 Family Activity Ideas You Should Make Your Kids Do

We’re creatures of habit: We enjoy going to the same places and doing the same things week after week. And there’s nothing wrong with that, right? Well, sometimes habits cause you to miss out on new adventures. So break your routine with these 3 family activity ideas you should make your kids do. First, go on a cultural adventure. Check around town for a cool museum exhibit or musical performance. Second, do...
May 27, 2020 / Family Time & Vacations

3 Ways to Love Your Family with Technology

When it comes to relationships, technology has developed a bit of a bad reputation over the years. But before you jump on that bandwagon, consider these 3 ways to love your family well with technology. First, Skype, Google Hangout or FaceTime your college and career kids. It’s a great way to stay emotionally connected despite the physical distance.  Second, post old and new pictures of your spouse or kids on...
May 26, 2020 / Relationships and Communication

5 Ways to Gut Check Your Priorities in Life

How you spend your time reveals a lot about who you are and what you value. So to find out the truth, here are 3 ways to gut check your priorities in life. First, make a list of your priorities. Write out what you value in life—things like your family, your career, or your hobbies. Second, make a list of how you actually spend your time. Be honest about the functional priorities in your life—things like...
May 25, 2020 / Inspirational

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