For Our Future Daughters in Law

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

I was floating in the lake in my “mama suit” with my hair going every which way when one of my sons looked over at me and said, “Mom, you’re beautiful!” A few months ago, I might have answered, “Oh, please! I look awful!” but I’ve learned better since then. A few months ago I read…
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Q: My Son Blames Everyone But Himself …

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

The message started, “[I] desperately need advice …” … My almost six year old always blames me or someone else for his behavior. We are very big on teaching our children accountability. It can be small and big things. Yesterday, I told him he had to put on a coat to go outside. He preceded…
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What’s Your Son Got to Say Tonight?

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Recently we asked our Facebook page what people wanted us to write about. Several asked “How can mothers have a good relationship with their sons?” Our friends Marilyn and Rick Boyer helped us a lot with this topic in the articles they called Learning to Delight in Your Children. It helped us to clarify something we’ve…
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Grand Theft Auto V and Hoods In Training

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

The headlines have been everywhere this week. Grand Theft Auto V is out and, to listen to social media, everyone is super-excited. Well, not everyone, but it sold $800 million dollars worth the very first day! And it has over 4.3 million fans on Facebook. We were thinking about this today when we read the…
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Announcing Our New Radio Show – and an iPad Mini Giveaway!

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

We are thrilled to announce that we’ll be hosting an hourlong weekly streaming radio show on the new Ultimate Radio Network! Our new show, Making Biblical Family Life Practical, will be the Hal & Melanie you guys know and love — there will be lots of back and forth and humor, but also pointed, principled…
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Miley Cyrus, MTV, and Why It Matters (A Lot) to Christian Families

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

For a couple of days, our personal Facebook feeds have been full of outraged posts and links about Miley Cyrus’s reportedly (we didn’t watch it) disgusting performance on MTV’s VMA Awards. It was curious that the almost universal response among our friends was either shock (What in the world has happened to our world?) or…
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Pushing Mama Up a Mountain

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

I was so excited about taking our children to Yellowstone National Park. I’d been there with my family as a child and some of the happiest memories of my father, who’s been in heaven many years are centered around that area. Unfortunately, I tore a ligament in my knee on one of our conference trips…
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A Mother’s Prayer by Kristyn Getty

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Keith & Kristyn Getty are some of our favorite modern songwriters. Right up there with our son, Matt Henry Young (BTW, if you haven’t listened to this song of his, you need to!). They write songs of praise that aren’t merely choruses or full of mindless repetition, but instead are full of faith-building truth just like…
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Risk and Reward

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Most of us have been frustrated at some time or another by our boy’s love of risk-taking and adventure. They seem to do the craziest things and seldom think enough about them first. As a mom, I want to protect them and coddle them and keep them completely safe. What they need, though, is balance!…
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Something’s Changed!

Monday, October 8th, 2012

“I just don’t understand! My sweet son is so temperamental lately.” “It’s like he’s a different kid.” “I don’t understand the anger. What’s that about?” “School used to be fun, but now it takes forever.” “He acts so addled. Can’t remember what I tell him for one minute.” We hear it all the time. We’ve said it ourselves. We…
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