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How to Apologize: When Sorry Doesn't Cut It

As your child grows up, they will develop many relationships. But in those relationships, they are bound to make mistakes. That’s why it’s so important to teach your child what a true apology looks like. Here are some ways to do so. First, teach them that a lack of intent doesn’t excuse them from apologizing. Whether your child’s actions were purposeful or accidental, be sure they know to apologize no matter what....
Oct 03, 2019 / General

How to Interview Your Daughter's Date

If you were to take just 30 minutes to interview your daughter’s potential date, you would be able to learn a lot about him, while setting clear expectations for him. Here are a few key steps to consider: First, have your daughter prepared to tell any guy that asks her out to call you first before answering him. This makes you her first line of defense. And it sets up the interview itself. But it also allows you...
Oct 02, 2019 / Fatherhood

8 Warning Signs Your Child is Headed for Trouble

As parents, it is our duty to keep an eye on our kids. That includes looking for any danger signs you might see as they travel through those young years. Here are some warning signs that your child may be headed for trouble and solutions to lead them back on the right road. First, your child may be headed for trouble when they have excessive mood swings. If they’re going from extreme highs to extreme lows, instead...
Oct 01, 2019 / General

All Pro Dad's Day Chapters

Men, will you take one simple action for the good of your child today? I’m Mark Merrill with today’s Family Minute. The action I’d like you to take will strengthen the bond you share with your child, help your child do better academically, and make you a hero. What is it? Start an All Pro Dad’s Day chapter at your child’s school. Simply go to AllProDadsDay.com and click on the How to Start a Chapter link for the...
Sep 30, 2019 / General

Be Present, Not Balanced: Stop Trying to Live a Well-Balanced Life

So-called work-life balance is a myth. People search for it, but never find it.  So stop worrying about achieving that balance and start striving to be present. Think about these three Ps that will help you to be more focused on being present for your family.  First, prioritize. When you step back and look at how you spend your time, you’ll realize that some things like your favorite television show just aren’t as...
Sep 27, 2019 / Relationships and Communication

How to Have a Marriage Getaway

After years of marriage, many couples ask themselves…“Will it ever get any better than this?” With work, kids, and everything in between—life’s challenges can easily take a toll on marriage. So before your marriage begins to suffer, make your spouse your first priority and follow these steps on how to have a marriage getaway. First, realize there is no perfect time. So why not now?! Second, determine how much...
Sep 26, 2019 / Dating Your Spouse

Are Your Kids Running You Ragged?

Some parents make their marriage a top priority. Many parents do not. Instead, they do everything for their kids to the detriment of their marriage. They help their kids with things they should do on their own. They take their kids everywhere they want to go, and buy them everything they want. But when parents make their kids the center of the universe, three things happen. First, your marriage will suffer. Your...
Sep 25, 2019 / General

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