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Planning a vacation this year? Read this first.How to be intentional as you plan a trip.

Your kids are watching you. Constantly. All the subtle messages from the way you live life are being absorbed by their active little minds, even...

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Family GatheringsWho's in Charge?

Large family holiday gatherings can be tough for lots of reasons. Over-stimulated, over-sugared,  over-excited and under-slept kids are simply going to struggle. But there may...

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Questions to Put the THANKS Back in Thanksgiving

“So, kids, what are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?” you ask. “My family, my house, my friends, my dog and Jesus.” (Same answers as last...

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To Unlock Your Child’s Heart, Just Ask for the Key!

If you are reading this, you probably want your kids to know how much you love them. And you probably tell them often that you...

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Beat Boredom This Summer With These 4 TipsEmpowering your kids’ God-given creativity

Research has shown that being bored is not such a bad thing for kids.  Boredom can foster creativity and patience.  Yet, when a parent hears...

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Finding Sanity During Family Car Trips5 Tips for Peace in the Back Seat

“Are we there yet?” “I have to go to the bathroom!” “I want a Happy Meal NOW!” “No, I want Taco Bell!!” Ahh, the bliss...

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4 Sure-Fire Tips for Parents to Survive the Summer

It’s summer again, and you know what that means: a totally different rhythm to schedules and family time, with lots of time for connection… and...

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What to Do When Relatives Criticize Your Parenting

Do you ever feel like your family is under the microscope at holiday gatherings? Your lively kids – in unfamiliar places, without their usual toys...

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The Best Vacation Ever

Tom was worried about taking his family on a short mission trip to a South Dakota Indian reservation. He told me, “We’re really interested in...

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A Prescription for Connection

A pediatrician friend of ours once had parents bring in their child and request a diagnosis of Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD) so they could get...

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