Build a Stronger Family Identity

Category: Family
My wife, Cathy, and I stared at each other in disbelief as our oldest daughter, Christy, told us she was running away. When she started packing her suitcase, we knew she was serious. Cathy and I weren’t sure if we should laugh or cry — after all, Christy was only six. Our daughter told us […]

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Don’t Go to Bed Angry, Stay Up and Fight!

Category: Family
Anyone who has been married for more than five minutes has probably heard the same sage marital wisdom.  It could come from a parent, a close friend, or even your crazy Aunt Matilda but the message is clear:  When you are fighting with your spouse, no matter what you do, don’t go to bed angry

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Teaching Children the Real Meaning of Christmas

Category: Children, Mother
Mommy and the Joyful Three12/08/16 As Christmas approaches, it is important to keep the focus on Jesus’ miraculous birth. As a young child, I remember the month of December as one of the most exciting times of the year. There is anticipation in the air and it can make a child wide eyed with

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A Wish List That Matters

Category: Children, Mother
Mommy and the Joyful Three12/01/16 As a mom of three young children, I constantly aware of what I’m teaching them. This Christmas, I wanted more than anything for them to understand that giving can be as much fun as receiving. Writing a wish list to Santa Claus is something most children

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Top Six New Christmas Songs of 2016

Category: Music
Do you hear it? Bells are jingling. Chimes are ringing. Children are singing. Christmas is almost here. There’s nothing quite like decorating the family tree or baking Christmas cookies to the classic stylings of Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Johnny Mathis or Ella Fitzgerald. But, before

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Rebuilding Your Life after the Death of a Spouse

Category: Family
Mishael Porembski seemingly had it all.  She had an inspiring career in network news, a happy, faith-fueled marriage with her chiropractor husband, a darling three-year-old daughter, with a second child due in just two months.  Then it all stopped.  A cryptic note, a missing husband, and

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Four Ways God Speaks to Us

Category: Family
There is an old story preachers tell about a man trapped on the top of his house during a flood or hurricane or tsunami (insert your own natural disaster). The water is swiftly rising. As this man sits on his roof, fearful of being swept away by the current, he cries out to God, “God […]

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The Myth of “Friends with Benefits”

Category: Family
Urbandictionary.com defines “friends with benefits” as “two friends who have a sexual relationship without being emotionally involved.” But, scientifically, that’s impossible. Let me explain why. The deep limbic system of your brain is your emotional center. It, not the heart, is

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Mom and Dad, Parent on the Same Page

Category: Family
Opposites attract (or cynics may say “attack”), which is why most couples raising kids together know all about parenting-style clashes. Dad feels his daughter should start dating at 30 while Mom remembers the excitement of young love. Mom feels money as a reward for good grades goes

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Making Prayer Essential to Your Children

Category: Family
As parents and grandparents we should all want what is best for our children.  The best schools, teachers, coaches, even the best brand of laundry detergent are what we most desire for making their lives better. Sometimes in our never-ending quest to provide these opportunities we forget about

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Teaching Kids How to Accept Forgiveness

Category: Children, Mother
Mommy and the Joyful Three05/04/16 Yesterday morning, my husband and I took our three children to the beach. My seven-year-old Sage and I were digging a moat for a castle. Each time we dug more sand out of the hole it would collapse a little and fill back up. It seemed like we were getting […]

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Do You Ever Feel Like an Inferior Mom?

Category: Children, Mother
Mommy and the Joyful Three04/10/16 There are moments when I actually feel so overwhelmed that I just feel like shutting down. Let’s face it life is full of unplanned circumstances and stress. Sometimes it feels like we are swimming against the tide, just trying to reach some peace. As

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Is Your Family Spiritually Healthy?

Category: Children, Mother
Mommy and the Joyful Three02/05/16 Spiritual health is important. Everything in our bodies is connected, including our spirit. I feel better physically when I feel better mentally. As a mom of three young children, I’ve allowed myself to get overwhelmed by small things in my life, big things

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Parenting a Child with ADHD

Category: Children, Mother
Mommy and the Joyful Three10/26/15 There is always something to worry about as a parent: your children’s future, their homework, and their behavior rank at the top of the worry list. My son’s six years old and is repeating kindergarten. He’s full of energy, full of life, and sadly his focus is

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