Archive for the 'Family Life' Category

Quick Call on Big Game Commercials

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

If you can tell a story in 30 seconds and you had $4.5 million to do it, you could have bought a commercial spot during the Big Game this year. If you’re like the rest of us, you may be looking forward to the explosion of persuasive creativity which plays out this weekend. Commercials are…
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How Do You Sort Out Conflicting Stories?

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

One of our webinar participants asked a simple but significant question: When two children have an argument, how do you determine the truth when the two disagree? What do you do when you get two different stories? “Mama, would you please lower the boom on somebody?” Often when the kids have a disagreement, we only…
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When Your Boys Gang Up On Each Other

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

A mom with several boys asked us, “How do you handle the constant ganging-up on each other?”

Five Ways To Optimize Your Christmas Budget

Monday, November 30th, 2015

A lot of us are watching the budget very carefully this year. What heartless elf put open enrollment for health insurance right before the holiday season? (If it’s giving you pain, check out what we did.) And rich or poor, if you have a large family (like ours) you naturally look for ways to make…
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Avoid The Awkward Pause

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

One of the great joys of the holiday season is the chance to spend time with family members that you don’t get to see the rest of the year. Unfortunately, that’s also one of the stressful things about the holidays – extended family that you don’t see the rest of the year.

Guys That Help Around The House Are Just Being Biblical Men

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

This time of year, the housework goes into high gear – cooking, cleaning, and all that, getting ready for the holiday rush. If your home is like ours, the cry for “All hands on deck!” is deep, often, and heartfelt in November and December! When we were a boys-only family, though, a friend with daughters…
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Talking to Your Kids (All of Them) About Choking

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

A dear sweet friend of mine nearly lost her son the other night. Just a few seconds, maybe a minute more and she’d be planning a funeral right now. Here’s her story: Sam, our fourteen-year-old, came stumbling into my bedroom on Saturday night at ten, crying pretty hard and saying, “Mom, I don’t know what happened,…
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Preparing for Christ-Centered Holidays

Monday, November 9th, 2015

  The holidays are rapidly approaching, and while we all enjoy the feasts and the fun, there’s so much more than that. The trick, really, is remembering why we celebrate, being sure to teach that to our kids, and somehow figuring out how to plan a big family celebration without losing sight of the One who…
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Q&A: Are Violent Video Games Ever Appropriate?

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

Video games are wildly popular among young men – the Pew Research Center found that 84% of teenage boys play video games on a computer, game console, or portable device, and one survey found that 60% of daily gamers spend an hour or more every day. Two-thirds of teenage gamers say they play games with “considerable…
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Q&A: Why Do My Boys (And My Husband) Like Such Dumb Entertainment?

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

It’s one of those mysteries between the sexes – what makes our choices of entertainment so different? Wives and mothers shake their heads over boys’ choices of movies, videos, books, and so on. To their thinking, so much of it is just stupid. And it’s not simply childishness – dads and husbands are laughing too. Why is there…
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