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8 Great Dates for Moms and Sons

Moms spend a lot of time with their children, it’s the nature of the job.  But well thought out, one-on-one time with our kids is harder to come by. So get out your calendar and make it a priority.  Before you go, plan on using the time you have together to really get to know what your child is feeling and thinking with our Conversation Goal suggestions. Here are 8 great dates for moms and sons.  And, don’t miss...
Apr 04, 2012 / General

The Bachelor: True Love or Something Else?

Last night was the highly anticipated finale of The Bachelor.  People tuned in from all over to see if Bachelor Ben would propose.  After nine weeks of dating as many as 25 women at once, the Bachelor gave out the final rose.  But is this an act of true love or something else?  Love is patient.  Love is kind.  Love is all about giving, not getting.  It’s about giving selflessly and sacrificially to another...
Mar 13, 2012 / General

Nov 15, 2011 / General

Nov 15, 2011 / General

Are You Always Fighting with Your Spouse?

Maybe you’ve had a bad day at the office, or you’re stressed about the bills. You’re grouchy, you’re ready to unload, and you let the words fly. You take out your frustration on your mate hoping they’ll take the bait. Well, there’s a better way to vent.  Instead of creating conflict, try these 3 ways to fight conflict in your marriage.  When you see your spouse, just say, "I’m cranky." They’ll ask why, and that’s...
Nov 09, 2011 / General

The Grass is Always Greener

My wife, Susan, and I knew a couple…let's call them Sally and Greg. They were always so sweet and kind to each other…so affectionate and attentive. We always looked at their marriage and wondered why ours wasn't as wonderful. Well, shortly after we drooled over this dreamy relationship, they went through a terrible divorce. What seemed like a magical marriage publicly was actually a dreadful relationship...
Nov 03, 2011 / General

The Foundation of Marriage

Think of your marriage as a house, built upon a foundation of words. When we only notice the negative things about our spouse—and constantly point those things out—our comments and complaints chip away at that foundation. But when we recognize the good things about our spouse, and speak words of sincere appreciation day by day, we strengthen that foundation. Men need the admiration and respect of their wives, and...
Oct 12, 2011 / General



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