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5 Ways to Encourage Sibling Love

The term “sibling rivalry” often comes to our minds a whole lot faster than “sibling love.”  Perhaps it’s because of the way the backseat of our car is constantly filled with, “Tell Kevin to stop pulling on my hair,” or “Make Janie leave me alone!”  Teaching your children to love one another is never easy, but is always worth it.  So here are 5 ways to encourage sibling love in your family.  First, encourage warm...
Mar 15, 2019 / Relationships and Communication

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 06, 2019 / Relationships and Communication

5 Hard Topics to Talk About for Kids

In the midst of all the things we need to do for our kids, we sometimes forget that one of our biggest responsibilities is to communicate with them.  As our children grow older, certain topics should be discussed.  These topics aren’t always easy or fun, but they’re important.  So here are 5 hard topics you need to talk about with your kids.  First, talk about sex.  While it may be an uncomfortable conversation,...
May 28, 2018 / Relationships and Communication

5 Ways to Hug a Porcupine

It’s easy to love people who are loveable. But what about those who aren’t? It’s hard to hug prickly porcupine people but I’ve got some ways you can do it. First, hug the porcupine with your arms. This one’s obvious…sometimes a porcupine just needs your arms around them. Second, hug the porcupine with your hands. This is practical love. For example, if your spouse is overwhelmed, take the burden off them by...
Sep 29, 2017 / Relationships and Communication

The Best Conversation Starters for Teenagers

Sometimes it can be difficult to find common ground with our teen.  But with some alone time and fun questions, connecting with your teen can be easier.  To help you get started, I’ve compiled a list of conversation starters.  These questions will help you to deepen your relationship with your teenager, as well as share some laughs and build memories together.  Some questions to ask your teen include, “If you...
Jan 10, 2017 / Relationships and Communication

How to Form Authentic Relationships with Jon Erwin (Podcast)

It's easy to find a fair-weather friend. But how do you find someone to stand with you through the storms? Well, the new movie Woodlawn shows us that authentic relationships require evaluation, reconciliation, and restoration... First, authentic relationships require evaluation. As you develop a deep connection with someone, it's crucial to honestly evaluate where you are in your relationship. Are there any wrongs...
Oct 13, 2015 / Relationships and Communication

What I'd Do Differently if Today Were My Last Day

In the new movie 90 Minutes in Heaven, Don Piper came back to life after a head-on collision with an 18-wheeler. His incredible story got me thinking what I’d do differently if today was my last day.   First, I’d pour out my love to my wife and children.  There’s no one on earth I love more so I need to show it more. Second, I’d spend all my time with my family.  My family is a top priority and the best of my time...
Sep 10, 2015 / Relationships and Communication



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