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Parenting Tips to Get Your Priorities Straight

During busy times does your job or family become the main focus? University of Georgia head football coach Mark Richt said that no matter what, he drove his kids to school, even during football season. Spending that time with them was a top priority. So what can you do to make sure you’re spending enough time with your kids during a busy season? Start by setting appointments on your calendar to spend one-on-one...
Jul 05, 2019 / General

Teaching Kids That “It’s Just” Money

So many people are deep in debt and low in savings.  A recent study by Bankrate.com reported by CBS News found that nearly 30% of Americans report having more credit card debt than emergency savings.  Why? One reason is that many people were never taught how to handle their money.  Maybe it’s time to break the cycle and teach our kids the importance of managing money well.  Here are 7 tips for teaching kids about...
Jun 28, 2019 / General

Why Expecting the Unexpected is Important in Parenting

When our kids are young, we map out in our minds what we want for them.  We want them to be successful in school, in work, and in relationships.  But many unexpected things will occur in their lives.  Our kids will fail, face rejection, get sick, and make poor choices.  A key to parenting is to expect the unexpected when raising your kids.  Here are 3 reasons why. First, it helps you avoid overreacting.  Expecting...
Jun 20, 2019 / General

News Alert: Your Kids Are Not the Center of the Universe

Once when my wife and I were about to go out, my daughter said, “But Mom, I want you to stay here!”  My wife replied, “No honey.  I’m going on a date with Daddy.”  Wow, I felt like a million bucks. My wife was protecting her time with me and making us a priority. Our kids need to know how much we love them…that they are a priority to us as well…but, that they are not the center of the universe.  If they think they...
Jun 13, 2019 / General

5 Ways to Encourage Your Kids' Growth

Each day, our kids are experiencing new things and making new mistakes.  All the while, these moments are shaping and growing them.  As parents, we’re called to come alongside our children and lift them up as they grow.  Here are 5 ways encourage your kids.  First, let them make some decisions.  Seek out opportunities for your child make their own decisions regarding various situations.  After they’ve made a good...
May 31, 2019 / General

Want Respectful Kids? Do This One Thing

There’s no doubt about it: Everyone wants respectful kids. But more often than not, children’s attitudes and behaviors are far from respectful. To combat this, here are 3 ways to train your children to be respectful. First, understand the problem. Focus on how your child treats you—with both their words and their attitude—instead of getting sidetracked by the specific incident at hand. Second, come up with a plan....
May 17, 2019 / General

7 C's for Communicating with Teens

After raising 5 teenagers, my wife, Susan, and I have learned a few keys about communication. So here are 7 C’s for communicating with teens. First, be calm. Rather than go into a conversation angry or upset, be sure to keep calm. This creates an environment for you and your teen to talk without the pressure of emotions. Second, be confident. Teenagers can be very persuasive. But it’s important to stand your...
May 15, 2019 / General

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