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Instant Relationships

Let's face it—we live in a world of instant gratification. We want it all, and we want it now. We're a nation of express lanes, fast food, texts and tweets. But it's a problem when we impose those same expectations on people. We want instant acceptance from our peers, instant response from our colleagues, instant help from our spouse—regardless of the circumstances. And when we don't get the immediate response we...
Jan 01, 1970 / Family Living

Tune in to each other

Fall "sweeps" month begins today, and that means TV shows will resort to more sensational programming to boost their ratings and advertising dollars. So be prepared for even more sex, violence and vulgar language than usual for the next 30 days. While there isn't much you can do about what's on TV, there's a lot you can do about how much you'll allow into your home. Why not consider skipping TV for awhile, and...
Jan 01, 1970 / Family Living

Do You Remember?

Do you remember your first date with your wife? What about the first time your husband kissed you? Thinking back to those early days of dating is a great way to rekindle the passion in your relationship. If it's possible, re-create your first date or re-enact your marriage proposal. Spend time just sitting on the couch together talking about what you thought the first time you met . . . or when you realized you...
Jan 01, 1970 / Dating Your Spouse

Having THE Talk with Your Teen

Talking to your kids about sex is probably as uncomfortable for you as it is for them. But if you think it's ok to avoid that discussion—think again. The January 2011 issue of Seventeen Magazine interviewed teens for a national survey on sex, and the findings are disturbing. Teens are increasingly putting themselves at great physical and emotional risk by having pre-marital sex. And sadly, almost a fourth say...
Jan 01, 1970 / General

Fall Sports: How to Cheer Your Child in Athletics

If they are, remember your position. You're there to be an encourager, not to be overbearing. No child wants to be embarrassed by a parent who's screaming and yelling uncontrollably. I was coaching my son's baseball game a few years ago and I got frustrated with the umpire's calls. So, what did I do? I got mad…threw my hat on the ground and walked off the field. Youth sports can bring out the best…or the worst in...
Jan 01, 1970 / General

10 Things Wives Want to Hear from Husbands

Yesterday we talked about what a husband wants to hear from his wife. Today we'll talk about the 10 things wives want to hear from their husbands. So men, here's what you can say. Number one… "Thanks for all you do for our family." Number two… "You are a great mom and wife." Three… "Let me do that for you." Four… "I love you so much." Here are the rest of the 10 Things Wives Want to Hear from Their Husbands.
Jan 01, 1970 / Communication

CPA’s and Parenting: Advice that Really Pays

Several years ago Money magazine performed a tax season experiment. Forty-five tax professionals participated in preparing the magazine's tax return. The result? Forty-five different bottom-lines. That's hard to believe. Now think about all the "professionals" out there who might give you many different bottom lines on how to be a better parent. But all should agree on these three things that your kids really...
Jan 01, 1970 / General

FAMILY FIRST PROGRAMS

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