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Filling the 4 Chambers of Your Wife's Heart

We often associate the heart with love, but practically speaking, the heart sustains life. It needs all four chambers working right.  My wife, Susan, and I believe there are four chambers in every wife’s heart that fill her with life and love. The first chamber of a wife’s heart is to be understood, even when you don’t agree on everything. Your good listening skills help her see you’re trying to understand her,...
Dec 24, 2019 / Husbands

15 Signs Your Child Has an Anger Problem

It’s natural for your child to get angry sometimes. But when their temper starts growing out of control, it may be time to pull in the reins. Here are 3 signs that your child may have an anger problem.  First, your child may have an anger problem if they seek out arguments even when everything is at peace. Second, it may be a problem if they are easily frustrated when learning something new. Finally, anger may be...
Dec 23, 2019 / General

3 B's of the Porn Talk

Pornography is a destructive and pervasive issue in our culture today. Ignoring it is simply not an option. So, here are the 3 B’s every parent or grandparent must know when talking to a son about pornography. First: Be Real. He needs to know that you know that the poison of pornography is out there. Second, Be Vulnerable. Most men have seen it, either on purpose or inadvertently. Third, Be United. Let him know...
Dec 20, 2019 / Fatherhood

Does Your Child Have a Problem with Lying?

Every good relationship is built upon honesty. So when we notice our child struggling to tell the truth, we know it’s time to take action. However, Dr. Scott Turansky explains that “common discipline techniques don’t quite address the problem” of lying. Instead, here are some specific ways to encourage honesty. First, be sure to teach your child the difference between playing make-believe and lying. It’s important...
Dec 19, 2019 / Discipline

7 Ways to Equip Your Son for Manhood

When my boys were young, I couldn’t imagine what they’d be like as men.  But before I knew it, they were growing up.  Learning to catch in the backyard turned into Friday night touchdowns.  The spelling bee turned into the SAT.  And chasing girls on the playground turned into looking at girls in their prom gown.  But before our boys become men, there are a few things we need to teach them.  First, teach him to be...
Dec 18, 2019 / General

Sticky Situations: How to Handle the Holidays with Family

Every family has relationships and relatives that are difficult. Here are some tips on how to handle these guests in your home. Maybe you have a “Judgmental Judy.” Judy is the relative that is always telling everyone what someone else is doing wrong, usually behind their backs. Be ready to gently remind Judy that you're not going to listen to constant judgments about others. Or, maybe you’ve got a “Profane Paul.” ...
Dec 17, 2019 / Relationships and Communication

Confession: I'm Too Harsh with My Kids

Discipline is an appropriate wake-up call for our kids when they continue to misbehave over and over. But being too harsh in our discipline can cause significant damage. So when harshness becomes the normal way you treat your kids, it may be time to re-evaluate. To help fix this parenting problem, here are two steps to take. First, prepare in the morning how to patiently teach your child a lesson when rule...
Dec 16, 2019 / Discipline

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