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In its first week out, Disney’s “Finding Nemo” broke all sorts of box office records.  It quickly became one of the highest grossing animation films of all times.  In the movie, Nemo swims out a bit too far and gets lost.  His dad Marlin is determined to find his long lost son—no matter what it took.  Kids applaud when Marlin finally finds the wayward Nemo.  For whatever reason, maybe you haven’t seen or spoken to...
Jun 19, 2012 / Family Time & Vacations

How Can I Love Others?

Have you ever seen the Washington Monument? I’m Mark Merrill with today’s Family Minute. Why was it built?  So that you and I would remember something important. In my new book, All Pro Dad, I share how we dads need to have a method to build “memorable monuments” in our kids’ lives. These things you do with and for your child that create lasting, loving memories. For example, when my kids were growing up, I took...
Apr 25, 2012 / Family Time & Vacations

Make Time for What’s Really Important

There’s no such thing as not having time. When we say “I don’t have time,” what we’re really saying is that we don’t choose to make certain things a priority right now, or, there’s something else we’d rather be doing. Think about all the demands on your schedule and take a look at the things you spend the most time on. The truth is we make time for the things we want to make time for.  But that isn’t always...
Feb 16, 2012 / Family Time & Vacations

The Importance of Family Meals

The benefits of eating together will last long after your meal ends. Do you know why meal time matters? Studies show that families who eat together regularly are less likely to have children who smoke, drink, do drugs, become depressed or develop eating disorders. Their children eat healthier meals, do better in school, and are more likely to delay becoming involved in sexual relationships. Sure, the dinner table...
Nov 22, 2011 / Family Time & Vacations

Tune in to Each Other

Fall "sweeps" month begins tomorrow, and that means TV shows will resort to more sensational programming to boost their ratings and advertising dollars. So be prepared for even more sex, violence and vulgar language than usual for the next 30 days. While there isn't much you can do about what's on TV, there's a lot you can do about how much you'll allow into your home. Why not consider creating a family TV pledge,...
Oct 26, 2011 / Family Time & Vacations

How to Make Dinner Time Family Time

A new study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services indicates families who eat dinner together are healthier, smarter, safer and stronger. Home-cooked meals generally provide more balanced nutrition and fewer empty calories. Having dinner with your kids also provides the opportunity for meaningful conversation, bonding and face time. As a result, families who eat together have children who do better in...
Sep 26, 2011 / Family Time & Vacations

Bowl Them Over

Ninety million people will be glued to the television this Super Bowl Sunday. If you plan on watching the game, why not make it a family affair? Start with a game plan for the day. It might include firing up the grill, or letting each child choose something they want to eat. You can also have each family member rate the new Super Bowl commercials or predict the score at the end of each quarter. Give prizes to the...
Jan 01, 1970 / Family Time & Vacations



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