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Baseball is Back

The temperature… a little warmer, the grass… a little greener. The crack of the bat is in the air.  It’s that time of year again – Opening Day of baseball. Guys, remember when you were a child and you played in your first Little League game? Now, you’re grown-up. But just for today, you can relive your childhood dream of hitting that grand slam… and you can do it with your children. Take your kids to a game at the...
Apr 01, 2019 / General

The Top Apps for Kids

From iPhones to iPads, laptops to video games, it seems our kids are never short on entertainment.  But even with our kids spending more and more time using technology, our job as parents remains this: to guard our children’s hearts and minds.  Knowing what apps your child uses is key—as well as knowing what those apps are capable of.  Here are some of the top apps kids are using.  First, there’s Instagram. ...
Mar 29, 2019 / School and Learning

How to Be Set Free from Bitterness in Marriage

Susan recently shared how she felt some bitterness in our marriage.  She explained how I sometimes tell her to stop using unkind words toward me, and then I turn around and do the same thing a few minutes later. She gets frustrated.  And that frustration, when not dealt with, leads to unresolved anger and then bitterness.  I asked for forgiveness and worked to change my errant ways. Here are 4 things a spouse can...
Mar 28, 2019 / Saving Your Marriage

How to Give Your Teenager Dating Advice When You Disapprove

We’ve all seen it in the movies…the sweet, innocent daughter falls for the greasy-haired, rebel boy that the parents can’t stand.  Maybe that’s extreme, but it’s still very common for parents to find their older teens and adult children pursuing relationships they don’t approve of.  So here are 4 ways to direct your child with wisdom.  First, begin with love.  Start the conversation with love by sharing how you...
Mar 27, 2019 / Life Stage: Pre-Teens and Teenagers

5 Ways of Dealing with Stress to Stay Cool

If you answered “yes” to that question, then you’re like most people out there: stressed and overwhelmed by the busyness of life.  According to the American Institute of Stress, some of the top causes of stress include job pressures, money, health, and relationships.  These are things that people deal with every day, so it’s no wonder they’re stressed out more often than not.  To help make your life a little more...
Mar 26, 2019 / General

What Happens When You Don’t Listen to Your Wife?

It happens all too often…wife sits down with husband and shares her thoughts, feelings and emotions. After a short time, husband starts to tune out, looks down at his phone and then his mind wanders to other things. But when we don’t listen to our wives, here are 4 things that often happen.  First, wives become distant.  A woman can’t help but feel rejected when the thoughts she shares with her husband aren’t...
Mar 25, 2019 / Communication

5 Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in Life

When we think of ways to help our child succeed, we often think of helping them with homework, taking them to sports practice, or encouraging them with piano lessons.  However, sometimes the best ways to help our child succeed has less to do with them, and more to do with us.  Here are 5 simple ways you can help your child succeed in life.  First, believe in them.  Cheer your child on so they know you believe in...
Mar 22, 2019 / General

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