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How to Know When Your Child is Ready to Make Choices

There are many factors that play into knowing when your child is ready to make their own choices. You not only want to consider their age, but also their maturity level, ability to accept responsibility and make good decisions.  Also, they may be ready to make decisions in some areas but not in others. For example, your daughter may be wise in choosing friends, but struggles to choose outfits that are modest.  In...
Mar 10, 2020 / General

How to Keep Your Cool When the Unexpected Occurs

Before the game starts, you run up to the grocery store to grab a couple things.  Just as you walk out of the store and pack your groceries into the trunk, your wife calls to say she needs one more thing.  It’s an unexpected moment…you have a decision to make…keep your cool, or lose it?  We’ve all experienced something like that.  So when things don’t go the way you thought, here are 5 ways to keep your cool. ...
Mar 09, 2020 / Character

What You Can Learn About Your Child from His Teacher

After spending 180 days together, your child’s teacher is bound to know a thing or two about your child.  Each day, teachers get to observe first-hand things like how your child interacts with others, how your child is challenged, and even how your child handles pressure.  So learn more about your child and their education by asking their teacher specific questions.  First, ask, “In what areas does my child...
Mar 06, 2020 / School and Learning

Home Alone Rules for Kids

You may remember watching Kevin McCallister’s pranks and adventures in the movie when he is accidentally left  “Home Alone.”  And while most situations aren’t nearly so extreme, leaving your child home alone for the first time is still a huge step that requires much thought and consideration.  Things like age, maturity, and behavior should factor into your decision.  Another factor that must be considered is your...
Mar 05, 2020 / General

6 Life Hacks for Husbands

"Life Hacks” are clever tips and tricks that can be used to solve an everyday problem a person may be facing. So to help make your job as a husband a little easier, here are some life hacks for husbands.  First, check out the Love Your Wife Well Life Hack.  It includes love actions to show your spouse—things like writing notes, planning a great date, and making the bed for your wife.  Next, check out the Watch...
Mar 04, 2020 / Husbands

How to Create Moral Margin in Your Life

I think of moral margin as creating an extra amount of space between us and immorality—immoral thinking and immoral actions. Here 6 ways to create moral margin in your life. First, build a relationship with a “personal auditor.” Just as a financial auditor would do a complete examination of financial records, your “personal auditor” would be given authority by you to ask you questions about your life and your...
Mar 03, 2020 / Relationships and Communication

Why You Should Not Mix Compliments with Criticism

Several years ago, my son came home from his game and asked me, “Were you there for the first quarter of my game, Dad? I started!” I responded “I didn’t get back into town and to the game until the second quarter...but you did great!” I then added, “But you really need to start eating better.” My son was silent. The disappointed look on his face showed me that my criticism had completely crushed the compliment I...
Mar 02, 2020 / Relationships and Communication

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