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Face to Face with Tragedy

Japan has faced more than its share of tragedy lately. They've suffered through a catastrophic tsunami, record flooding and even nuclear disaster. The country could have responded by just giving up. There could have been looting and violence in the aftermath of the disasters. Instead, the Japanese people have responded by showing each other honor and grace as they face an uncertain future. We can learn from that....
Jan 01, 1970 / Coping & Loss

Leaders Set the Climate

It's not something that's in your job description at work. It's not something that you think about as a husband, wife or parent. But it's critical in any position of leadership. It's establishing the climate… the right kind of climate. A mother or father establishes the climate when they walk through the door at night. A worker sets the temperature for co-workers at the office. A coach sets the climate out...
Jan 01, 1970 / Inspirational

4 Ways to Give your Spouse your Freshest and Best

I'm not talking about last night's dinner. I mean what we end up giving our spouse at the end of the day. We give leftover time—after too many hours at work. We give leftover affection—after loving on the kids all day. Those leftovers don't satisfy, they leave us craving more. What our spouse wants—and deserves—is our freshest and best. There are 4 ways to serve your spouse something fresh. First, post-it. Put a...
Jan 01, 1970 / General

The 7 Marks of Maturity

When they can demonstrate maturity. That can be a tricky thing to pinpoint these days. Your teen may look like an adult physically, but emotionally still be child-like. You can't stand Tommy up against a door jamb and mark his emotional growth like you measured his height. Instead, you have to look for other marks to see growing maturity. Leadership expert, Dr. Tim Elmore has compiled a list of 7 Marks of...
Jan 01, 1970 / Life Stage: Pre-Teens and Teenagers

iMOM Movie Monitor

Every year, there is a huge movie push from Hollywood to take advantage of the holidays. The problem is that we often don't know whether the movie is truly suitable for our children until the money is paid, the popcorn is purchased, and the show has started. Well, this year, you don't have to worry about that. Is Tron: Legacy okay for your kids and teens? Want to know if Gulliver's Travels is family friendly? Find...
Jan 01, 1970 / Kids & Culture

Renewing Your Wedding Vows

Renew your wedding vows. It doesn't have to be anything elaborate. You can even surprise your children. Just tell them you have something planned for this Valentine's night. When the time comes, repeat the same vows you took on your wedding day, or use different words. The point is to show each other and your kids how committed you are to your marriage. Finish up the evening showing them your wedding album...
Jan 01, 1970 / General

Mother’s Day Gifts

Maybe you're buying your wife some flowers or you're taking her out for a nice lunch. Well all that is wonderful but be sure to help your children honor Mom too. If they're really small let them color a card for her—or you buy one and let them scribble on it. If your kids are older have them use some of their allowance money to get her something of their choosing. This will help teach your children that they...
Jan 01, 1970 / Holidays



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