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Family Councils

I grew up in a family of ten children. We were all involved in different activities and had different schedules. Now that I have a family of my own I realize how difficult it must have been for my parents to keep track of everyone’s weekly activities. A great way to keep everybody on the […]

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Don’t Just Do It – Talk Them Through It

I talk to myself all the time and have been teased about it over the years.  I used to be embarrassed by this trait and would try hard to not speak out loud when I knew someone else was in the house.  When I had my first child, I was glad to have a built-in […]

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Save, Spend, Share

When I was a little girl, my mother gave me a little wallet that she had sewn herself.  It contained 3 pockets that could snap shut.  She told me that this little wallet was for me to keep my money in and to learn how to budget.  The pockets were labeled:  Save, Spend, and Share. […]

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Family Finances

My husband and I discussed finances a lot over the duration of our courtship and engagement. We came from different financial backgrounds with parents who dealt with finances contrastingly. Because of this our financial perspectives did not line up. My husband is very conservative with money whereas I’m more of a flyer. By gaining knowledge […]

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Comparing Milestones

I will never forget the day my daughter was born. The first words that popped out of my mouth were, “She is perfect!” I didn’t start looking for flaws. I didn’t immediately compare her to other newborns.   I didn’t wonder if anything was wrong with her. I just knew that she was perfect. Unfortunately it […]

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Helping our Children Choose Role Models

In a famous 1993 Nike commercial featuring the former NBA basketball star, Charles Barkley, he states, “I am not a role model. I’m not paid to be a role model. I am paid to wreak havoc on the basketball court. Parents should be role models. Just because I dunk a basketball doesn’t mean I should […]

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Dating

My husband is a little crazy.  Well, okay, he is a lot crazy!  When our oldest daughter turned sixteen, we gave her permission to start dating – double dating, that is.  No single dates until she was eighteen.  When her date came to the door to pick her up, my husband answered it, dressed like […]

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Do Unto Others

I was out driving and approached a busy intersection.  Cars traveling north and south had stop signs, and had to give the right-of-way to the east-west traffic. Unfortunately for me, there was a car stopped at the intersection ahead of me.  I could see from the back of her head, that it was an elderly […]

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Good Enough

I have a daughter who has always been naturally studious and hard-working.  During high school, it was her normal routine to come home each day, sit at the kitchen counter, pull out her books, and start on her homework.  She would moan and complain about how difficult many of the assignments were, but she would […]

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Hidden Gifts

“I’ll never be as good as Beth!”  These were the words I was hearing from my younger daughter, Annie.  In her eyes, she had the misfortune of having to follow in the footsteps of a very talented big sister.  Beth had an amazing voice, played the piano well, excelled in school in both language arts […]

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