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Date Night: Do Something Different

Does it sound something like this? "What do you want to do tonight?" "I don't know, what do you want to do?" "I don't know… is there anything at the movies?" Then you find yourself sitting in a dark theater, not talking to each other, watching a movie you really didn't want to see anyway. Instead, do something different. Go for an evening picnic at the beach or lake. Play tennis. Go bowling. Check out your...
Jan 01, 1970 / Dating Your Spouse

Let LOVE Be Your Valentine

It's the gift of L.O.V.E. L stands for listen… pay full attention when your partner talks. Stop what you're doing and don't interrupt. O is for observe... make getting to know their likes and dislikes a priority. V is for value… value them for who they are…what makes them unique. And E is for encourage…build them up with your words and actions. Four little letters that spell out lessons in love. It's the...
Jan 01, 1970 / Dating Your Spouse

To Forgive, Divine

Most of us can forgive small stuff...but what about the big things that cause us great pain? Ed Thomas was a caring husband, a good dad, and a highly respected man in his community. After decades of coaching his football team, Ed was awarded the coveted NFL High School Coach of the Year in 2005. Four years later, a former student walked into the school locker room, pulled out his gun and unloaded seven bullets...
Jan 01, 1970 / Character

Chore Chart for Kids

This week we are featuring the 5 most popular Family Minutes from 2010. Today is Number 3...If your kids have a difficult time keeping up with their responsibilities at home, then create a chore chart. The one in our house works like this. We list the kids' names across the top. Then, down the side, we list the chores, such as taking out the garbage, washing the dishes, cleaning their room and doing the laundry....
Jan 01, 1970 / General

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

Home Organization 101

The stairs are piled high with dirty laundry and crumbled up homework.  The toy room is a sea of puzzle pieces and too many action figures to count.  And forget finding any pair of shoes in the hall closet that actually go together.  Sound like your home?  If so, it may be time for your family to get organized with these tips.  First, clean up the kids’ rooms and toy room.  Try storing toys in bins on low shelves...
May 12, 0018 / Family Living

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