No, it’s not chocolate—although that may be true for some and all probably deserve!
It’s encouragement. Plain and simple.
Ever have thoughts like time is flying by faster than you thought it would? The kids are growing up way too fast? Are we building the family memories that all of us will treasure years from now?
I’ll bet I’m not the only one who’s lost a bit of sleep over those types of questions. It doesn’t necessarily mean we’re doing something wrong. It does mean we’re conscientious enough to be concerned about the kind of family culture and memories we’ll be proud of.
Thanksgiving is such an amazing holiday for so many reasons. It starts one of the longest weekends of the year. It kicks off the Christmas season in many ways. And for many, it’s a time to reconnect with family and friends that we don’t get to see as often as we’d like.
But the actual Thanksgiving Day can be a mixed bag. It can be filled with miscommunication, overcrowding, and a few being overworked. Put a bunch of people in close proximity for an extended time, each with their own idea of what the day should be like, and you’ve got the makings of a stressful and disappointing day.
When you want to make a change, it’s wise to find an expert to help you shorten the learning curve. And it’s a bonus if the expert motivates while he educates.
You probably are among the millions today who are wanting to take steps toward greater health. You may be living with a chronic medical condition, were just diagnosed with a serious health challenge, or just want to head off any trouble. And you want to find the most reliable information quickly that will help you make the biggest impact overall.
Does your child know that you are 100% committed to them through thick and thin? I don’t mean that you are willing to pull them out of every jam they get themselves into. Instead, that you will lovingly do the best thing for them in every situation and be with them.
It’s not always easy for parents to stand by and watch a child experience an uncomfortable natural consequence. Yet it may be the most loving thing we do in the long run.
Another presidential election is behind us—and, man, was it a doozie. You’re either elated, deflated, or apathetic with the results. I think we’re all relieved it’s done—at least for a few years.
Now begins the work to unify our country the best we can and keep moving forward. Our country has been doing so for over 200 years.
As parents, we do all we can to train our children during the eighteen or so years they are under our roof. However, there are many times during those years of training that our children don’t live up to the standards that they’ve been taught.
I remember one incident in particular when I went to pick up my son from his 5-year-old class at church. My husband was the Associate Pastor, and we expected a certain level of obedience because of our role. When I asked the teacher how my son’s behavior was, I found out he had been leading the class in walking all over the desks. I was so embarrassed that I apologized and hurried off with my son.
I’m not sure who said it first but they were brilliant. “Plan as if you’ll live a long time. Live as if you only have today.”
Part of living wisely is remembering our time here is limited. We all had a start date and there will be an end date. It generally comes unexpectedly and consequently impacts those closest to us in a huge way.
There are many methods we can use to teach and train our children. One of the most effective ways I have found—especially with children 7-years of age and older—is to use natural and logical consequences.
So often, when our children forget something they need, leave something out, or don’t get an assignment done, our first response is to run to their rescue. While it is admirable to help them, we may be doing them a disservice by rushing in to take care of their problem for them.
Do you have a stack of unread books, unplayed podcasts, and videos saved under “watch later”? Chances are you do because most of us have the sincere desire to learn and to grow. But those lists and stacks of resources that we hope to tap eventually become more of a haunting reminder that we’re getting no where fast.
I’m a serial learner and always have plenty of books, audiobooks, podcasts, and videos in the hopper. But I’ve been through many seasons where I’ve proven to be a better gatherer than actual student. During those times I’ve often whined about not having enough time.
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