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3 Bedtime No No’s for Moms

As bedtime approaches, your kids obediently put on their pajamas, they only ask for one sip of water, and then they quietly listen to you read the perfect bedtime story.  Right?  Wrong!  Putting the kids to bed may be more like a wrestling match —wrestling with a child who always needs to get up to go to the bathroom just one more time.  With all the frustrations that come with bedtime, how can parents keep their...
Jul 10, 2019 / Motherhood

How to Handle Teenage Rebellion

As parents we must understand why our teen is rebelling if we want to figure out what to do in response.  Here are 5 reasons why your teen is rebelling and 5 solutions for you.  First, your teenager may be rebelling because they’re struggling for identity. They’re trying to answer the question “Who am I?”  As a parent, you must communicate to your teen that their identity is found in who they are, not in what they...
Jul 09, 2019 / Life Stage: Pre-Teens and Teenagers

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

Teenager and Parent Relationship Advice

Over the years, my wife, Susan has taught me how to maintain a great relationship with each of our children. Here are a few lessons I’ve learned. First, don’t take it personally.  When my daughters became teens, I didn’t understand…“Why doesn’t she want to hold my hand?” “Why would she rather go to the mall than go bike riding with me?” Susan told me, “Don’t take it personally, and don’t try to force anything…give...
Jun 25, 2019 / Life Stage: Pre-Teens and Teenagers

What a Daughter Needs from Her Father

As your daughter grows up, she’ll develop relationships with young men. But the one man she should be able to count on to always be there for her is you: her Dad.  You play a huge role in your daughter’s journey from a little girl to a young lady.  And on that journey, here are 7 things your daughter needs from you.  First, she needs you to be involved.  Ask her about her day, join her in her hobbies, and become a...
Jun 21, 2019 / Fatherhood

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

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