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All Pro Dad's Day Chapters

Men, will you take one simple action for the good of your child today? I’m Mark Merrill with today’s Family Minute. The action I’d like you to take will strengthen the bond you share with your child, help your child do better academically, and make you a hero. What is it? Start an All Pro Dad’s Day chapter at your child’s school. Simply go to AllProDadsDay.com and click on the How to Start a Chapter link for the...
May 23, 2019 / General

From Empty Nest to Love Birds

School is coming to a close and that means some households will be child-free for the first time in 18 years.  For many moms, the Empty Nest Syndrome can be really difficult emotionally.  And moms who’ve invested all their time and energies into raising their children also face another challenge.  When the kids fly the coop, mom suddenly turns her affection and attention back to her husband, only to find that he’s...
Apr 11, 2019 / General

Lincoln’s Lessons for Enduring a Difficult Marriage

“Can’t you do anything right?” “You’re worthless.” Or “I don’t know why I married you.” Have you ever heard any of those scathing words before in your marriage? If you have, you’re not alone. In fact, one of the greatest men in American history has dealt with similar issues. His name? Abraham Lincoln. At the same time Lincoln was working to promote peace in America, he was struggling to keep peace in his marriage....
Mar 21, 2019 / General

The Dangers of Complaining to Your Kids About Your Spouse

Without realizing it, you say something to your kids like, “How is it that your mom always forgets to do things I ask her?” No big deal, right? Wrong. When you speak unkind words about your spouse you are creating a negative image of your spouse to your kids. And once your kids have a negative image of one of their parents, they start repeating those unkind and disrespectful words also to that parent. Then,...
Mar 14, 2019 / General

Are You Sure You Can Make Medical Decisions for Your Child?

Recently, a friend asked a small group of us that question. We all had unmarried adult children. She explained to us that if our any of our children were incapacitated and needed someone to make healthcare decisions on their behalf, and see their personal health information, a signed Designation of Health Care Surrogate was necessary. Without it, we did not have legal permission to make decisions or receive...
Feb 20, 2019 / General

Building a Firm Foundation for an Uncommon Marriage

In his book, Uncommon Marriage, Tony Dungy writes “So many problems in marriage occur when spouses notice that the intense physical attraction is no longer there and assume that must mean that the love is gone.”  Coach Dungy goes on to share three ways to build a strong and lasting foundation in your marriage. First, don’t rely on feelings.  Love is a choice you must make every day. It’s not just something you’re...
Feb 19, 2019 / General

Are You Equipped to Protect Your Family from Pornography?

Recently, my adult sons and I decided to watch a movie together.  Half way through the movie, a very inappropriate scene unfolded on the screen…I was shocked.  I grabbed the remote and fumbled to get it off the screen. I knew it said PG-13 on the trailer but when I looked again it said, “UN” next to the movie we rented. That stands for unedited…basically, anything goes. My job as a father is to protect my...
Feb 13, 2019 / General

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