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5 Types of Powerful Words for Your Marriage

We all know how powerful words can be.  They have the power to poison and even kill a relationship.  But they also have the power to build up and breathe life into a relationship.  Here are 5 types of words that can help breathe life into your marriage.  First, respectful words.  Choosing to use respectful words with your spouse means choosing to honor them—not undermine them.  Second, affirming words.  No matter...
Jul 05, 2018 / Communication

15 Things to Do When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed

You overslept; there’s no hot water left in the shower; you can’t find your other shoe.  So when your child jumps onto your lap and spills coffee down your shirt, it’s the last straw.  You snap.  Unfortunately, our kids are sometimes the ones who are on the receiving end of our frustration when things overwhelm us.  Here are 15 things to do when you’re feeling overwhelmed.  First, lean on your spouse. When you’re...
Jul 04, 2018 / Family Living

Stop, Drop, and Roll: 3 Ways to Increase Family Time This Summer

We only have so many summers to make memories with our kids before they leave the nest. So, with school out, give your kids your best. First, STOP being connected 24/7 to work. Give yourself permission to be DISCONNECTED from work so you can be RECONNECTED with your kids. Second, DROP the phones, tablets and other tech that keep you from your family. Set daily times, especially when you’re on vacation, where...
Jul 03, 2018 / Family Time & Vacations

3 Life Lessons from Baseball

Here are 3 life lessons from one of America’s favorite pastimes.  First, patience is a virtue.  The desire today for instant success is overwhelming.  But baseball shows us that even the best players only hit the ball about 3 out of 10 times.  So having patience is key to succeeding in baseball, and in life.  Second, baseball teaches us how to deal with pressure.  It takes less than half a second for a ball to...
Jul 02, 2018 / Miscellaneous

What to Do When Your Spouse is Close but Distant

We all know what it’s like to have someone sitting right next to us, but whose mind is miles and miles away.  In marriage, this can play out when our spouse is physically beside us, but is emotionally distant.  To reconnect, here are 3 steps to take when your spouse is close, but distant.  First, recognize it.  Avoid being so focused on your own issues and “to-do” list that you’re unable to see when your spouse is...
Jun 29, 2018 / Saving Your Marriage

Teaching Kids That “It’s Just” Money

So many people are deep in debt and low in savings.  A recent study by Bankrate.com reported by CBS News found that nearly 30% of Americans report having more credit card debt than emergency savings.  Why? One reason is that many people were never taught how to handle their money.  Maybe it’s time to break the cycle and teach our kids the importance of managing money well.  Here are 7 tips for teaching kids about...
Jun 28, 2018 / General

Fatherlessness: Help Me Take a Stand on Breaking the Cycle

In the early 1990s, there was a national debate about whether fathers were important or not in the lives of their kids.  Of course, we all know that fathers play a huge role in their children’s upbringing.  We conducted and found many studies that clearly revealed that fatherless kids were more likely to live in poverty, do drugs and have problems in school.  Former NFL coach Tony Dungy and I talked about this...
Jun 27, 2018 / Miscellaneous

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