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Prayer for your Husband

With Father’s Day celebrations recently, I reflected on praying for my husband through the seasons of our life together. Many blogs, posts, memes, and media stories have shown up over the last week: thought-provoking ones, some that were inspiring, funny … Read More

Playpen Time, Part 2 – Introducing it to your Baby, by Bethann Plumberg

  The best way to introduce the play-pen is to use it from the beginning. As soon as your baby comes out of the sleepy newborn stage and begins to have some actual waketime, chose one time per day to … Read More

Playpen Time, Part 1- The Benefits by Bethann Plumberg

  Frequently when asked about various aspects of routine in older infants and toddlers the topic of play-pen time comes up. Often moms ask if using the play-pen is really necessary. Many do not realize the benefits of having and … Read More

Children and Childhood Fears, Part 1 of 2

How old were you when you first saw the ghoulish monkeys dispatched by the wicked witch of the west to pick up Dorothy and her dog, Toto? Do you remember the scene of winged monkeys spreading the gentle Scarecrow “here, … Read More

Home for the Holidays

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  It seems that once we see that date on our calendar stating “First Day of Fall,” our thoughts fly ahead to the holidays… which then seems to engender all kinds of emotions, ranging from nostalgic to absolute dread.  To help … Read More

Sibling Friendships that Last!

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  Want more family peace? Require sibling honor!   Start at birth teaching your children to refer to each other as “best friends.” We practiced that along with implementing the following principles in our homes when our children were very … Read More

Let the Consequence Fit the Crime

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  Let the Consequence Fit the Crime Dano, the typical firstborn, who is tasked with always being first to generate the need to create a consequence for unwanted behavior, was consistently late for car-pool.  Well, technically, he was on time … Read More

Travel Buddies or Travel Bandits?

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  Since we’re in Sweden this week, we thought it’d be appropriate to talk about traveling with children. Parents love their kids, but those rose-tinted glasses get a good cleaning when kids suffer the gauntlet of cramped seating, long waits, … Read More

How do you rate?

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  Are you:         neat, loving, gentle, kind, polite, considerate, patient, responsible, hardworking? Are you your wife’s dreams come true? Okay, well, if not now, were you earlier in your marriage?   What about a critical self-assessment … Read More

Sibling Relationships

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  It is pure bliss when family members are living in harmony with one another, when relationships are interwoven & interdependent and when siblings are best friends. Is this possible or a far-stretched dream? Is it really achievable for siblings … Read More

ABBA

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  Abba — (Hebrew) papa, “dear father”, daddy I love my dad. Talking about my earthly dad. He is a wonderful man. Loyal, hard-working, contemplative, slow to anger, quiet, focused, faithful, tenderhearted, loving, sarcastic, humorous, the most important person in my life … Read More

New Father – New Thinking

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  Keenan, Christian, and you other gentlemen that have newly arrived bundles or are now awaiting this impending profound change in life – Welcome. Since you’re going to be a new father for the first time only one time – write … Read More

Expectations

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Expectation: something we think will or should happen… When life unfolds according to our dreams and expectations, we feel satisfied, rewarded and exhilarated because things are lining up according to our plan. On the other hand, missed expectations (when things … Read More

Love DNA

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“I Love You” These simple, profound words communicate a deep meaning expressing a connection, a commitment, a feeling, a decision. These three words are the most powerful words that can be given to someone. These three words are the most … Read More

Daddy Doodles

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When he can’t say “good morning” in person, a father finds that a simple sketch is worth a thousand words. Five a.m. Still dark. A soft click from the clock radio, and my last dream of the night surreally segues … Read More