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3 Challenges with Young Adult Kids Home for the Holidays

When our older kids are home for the holidays, it’s easy to get excited about having everyone together. But our high expectations can sometimes lead to disappointments if not managed well. So, here are a couple of things to keep in mind. First, realize that your older kids are getting more accustomed to managing their life. So give them some space, avoid instruction and just enjoy being with them. Second, know...
Dec 06, 2018 / Relationships and Communication

Avoid These 4 Holiday Mistakes That Hurt Families

Are you struggling to make your holidays happy in your home?  I’m Mark Merrill with today’s Family Minute. The holidays, like life, are all about relationships. And relationship mistakes can kill the holiday mood. So don’t let the good things take your focus off the best things. It’s easy to let the fun, creative, and well-intended trappings of the season cause you to lose your focus on your...
Dec 03, 2018 / Relationships and Communication

Ask for Nothing and Get Everything for Christmas

You see, if I ask them to get me nothing, I may truly get everything for Christmas. Here are three reasons this might be the very best thing I could do for my family this year. First, it gets the focus off of me. When it’s not about me getting something, it helps me to think more about giving something, which is the real spirit of Christmas. Second, it helps focus our family’s attention on what we already have and...
Nov 27, 2018 / Holidays

Are You Blind to Your Amazing Blessings?

It’s been said that “The eyes are useless when the mind is blind.” If that is true, I think I’ve approached a lot of Thanksgivings with a dim view of my many real blessings. I don’t always have the awe and wonder that I should. I should be in awe of the simple amazing blessings in my life. I should be really thankful for the simple things we take for granted like running water, climate-controlled homes, a...
Nov 23, 2018 / Inspirational

Thanksgiving Traditions

Maybe it’s watching the parade or football game on TV. Maybe it’s playing football or games in the backyard. That special dish you serve every year can be a great tradition as well.  Each family member sharing what they’re thankful for as you gather around the dinner table can be a very meaningful tradition.  Your tradition might even include inviting a family that’s less fortunate.  Think about it. What tradition...
Nov 22, 2018 / Holidays

Fighting for Your Family - A Veteran's Perspective

Most of us have fought for our families in some way or another, but have you ever considered that there are over 20 million living American veterans who have literally fought for your family? The purpose of Veteran’s Day is to honor our veterans who have served and sacrificed for the common good of all Americans. There are many tangible ways we can acknowledge their sacrifice, but the easiest is to simply say,...
Nov 09, 2018 / Family Living

5 Reasons Why We Don't Want to Change

In November 2010, the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology revealed a study about peoples’ fear of change. Students were given a choice between a typical curriculum and a new curriculum. Though the new curriculum required much less work, the students chose the typical curriculum. The study revealed an important truth: we crave the known and fear the unknown. Why do we fear the unknown and resist change?...
Oct 23, 2018 / Inspirational

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