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Giving Thanks

This Thursday is Thanksgiving Day, and most of us will pause and give thanks for our blessings.  But what about the other 364 days of the year? Try this: every morning, say out loud three things you’re thankful for. I mean it. Even if you’re having a really rough time in your life, be thankful through hardship. If you think about it, there are always things to be grateful for. Your husband. Your wife. Your...
Nov 21, 2011 / Holidays

Nov 14, 2011 / Holidays

Thanksgiving Pardon

Every family has those moments. You know the ones…the grownups who just can't seem to get along when the family gets together for the holidays. Well, why not take a page from history? For many years, the Presidential family has been given a turkey for their family meal. The bird is intended to be roasted, fried, baked or fricasseed, but instead of getting what he deserves, the President pardons the poultry. ...
Jan 01, 1970 / Holidays

Thanksgiving Outreach

Americans love to indulge on Thanksgiving. Can't you just taste that juicy turkey and dressing? Well, there are people who won't get to enjoy even the first bite of turkey. Maybe they're unmarried and don't have any family nearby. Maybe they're a single mom with three kids and can't afford all the fixings. Or maybe they're your elderly neighbor who's embarrassed to admit they don't have plans. Think about people...
Jan 01, 1970 / Holidays

Remembering Pearl Harbor

December 7th marks the day in 1941 when more than 2,000 Americans died in the surprise raid by the Japanese on the U.S. Pacific fleet. It was the first time an enemy attack was carried out on U.S. soil. But, of course, it wasn't the last. The few surviving veterans of Pearl Harbor have a saying: "Remember Pearl Harbor… keep America alert." So talk to your children about the importance of protecting our country,...
Jan 01, 1970 / Holidays

Mother’s Day Gifts

Maybe you're buying your wife some flowers or you're taking her out for a nice lunch. Well all that is wonderful but be sure to help your children honor Mom too. If they're really small let them color a card for her—or you buy one and let them scribble on it. If your kids are older have them use some of their allowance money to get her something of their choosing. This will help teach your children that they...
Jan 01, 1970 / Holidays

Honoring Our Veterans

Veterans Day pays tribute to American veterans of all wars — especially those veterans still living. So spend some time this holiday honoring their service to our country. Fly the American flag in front of your home. Teach your children what the holiday means and why we celebrate it. Encourage them to send notes or cards to veterans you know, or those in hospitals and veterans' homes. Volunteer with your kids in...
Jan 01, 1970 / Holidays



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