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Denise Jonas on Motherhood

As the mom of superstar sons, the Jonas Brothers, Denise Jonas has learned to maintain an atmosphere of harmony—both at home and on the road by making family her first priority. In a list called 10 Things Motherhood Has Taught Me, Denise wrote: "The world presses in with schedules, expectations and exhaustion. How my children withstand that has everything to do with what's inside them. We don't just assume our...
Jan 01, 1970 / Motherhood

When it’s Time to Rebuild

Divorce… infidelity… the devastating loss of a child or spouse… these things, and others, can shatter a family. So, how do you begin the rebuilding process? First, survey the damage. Talk about it with each member of your family… really listen to the feelings they express, and be open about your own. Second, seek help from a trusted advisor or pastor who can help you sort out your emotions. Third, be patient—with...
Jan 01, 1970 / Coping & Loss

What’s Your Secret?

Most of us have one or two things we'd rather not share with the outside world, but some people are slaves to their secrets. Extramarital affairs; drug, alcohol and pornography addictions; spouse or child abuse – all are secrets that can consume and destroy lives, marriages, families and jobs. If you live in that bondage, or you're hiding something from your spouse, children or friends, it's time to come clean....
Jan 01, 1970 / Communication

The Importance of Laughter

Laugh together. It's no joke. Laughter not only makes us feel good, but according to research cited in the Canadian Family Physician journal, it releases chemicals associated with bonding. A hearty belly laugh increases oxygen in your blood stream and gives your heart a work out. That releases even more feel-good endorphins. Humor helps us cope with stress; it relieves tension and creates a feeling of intimacy,...
Jan 01, 1970 / Communication

The Annoying Spouse

It drives you crazy when he makes snap decisions, but his resolve was one of the reasons you fell in love with him. It bothers you that she's always talking to her friends, but her bubbly personality is what drew you to her in the first place. So what should you do? Spend the rest of your lives irritated with each other? Of course not. Instead, you should remember and appreciate those things that first...
Jan 01, 1970 / Communication

Regularly Scheduled Maintenance

This week we are featuring the 5 most popular Family Minutes from 2010. Today is Number 2...Our relationship with our spouse is a lot like our car…it needs regularly scheduled maintenance. Can you imagine if you never changed the oil in your vehicle, changed your filters, or even filled your tank? It wouldn't take very long before the engine would stop working and leave you stranded on the side of the road! ...
Jan 01, 1970 / Communication

Regularly Scheduled Maintenance

Our relationship with our spouse is a lot like our car…it needs regularly scheduled maintenance. Can you imagine if you never changed the oil in your vehicle, changed your filters, or even filled your tank? It wouldn't take very long before the engine would stop working and leave you stranded on the side of the road! Well, your marriage needs regular maintenance, too. When's the last time you had a tune up? ...
Jan 01, 1970 / Communication

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