Tips For Healthy Home Management

Helping Mom Keep It All Together With Less Stress

Some of the busiest and most influential people on the planet are moms. Whether a stay-at-home mom or a work-outside-the-home mom, she’s got a lot on her plate. It’s almost a military operation to keep all the logistics of a family flowing smoothly.

So it’s not surprising that many moms live in varying degrees of feeling overwhelmed and stressed. “A man may work from sun to sun, but a mother’s work is never done.” But, Mom can learn to work smarter, and not just harder.

5 Ways To Be Fully Engaged On The Homefront

Being Mentally And Emotionally Present For Your Family

There’s no place like home. As the provider for our family, I’ve always looked forward to returning home at the end of the work day. My retreat. My haven. My safe zone. No matter what happens during the day, I know I have a loving and supportive family waiting for me on the homefront.

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But I haven’t always protected that retreat. There have been many times I’ve allowed my negative emotions and preoccupations from the day to taint my home.

A Better Breakfast For Better Health And Performance

The Essentials Of My Daily Power Breakfast

We’ve all heard for years how important a good breakfast is. Yet how often do we skimp or skip the most important meal of the day?

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The best time to tune the instrument is before the concert. That’s why an energizing morning routine is so vital to get you mentally and emotionally prepared for the day. In the same way, a good breakfast provides the vital fuel to kickstart your day.

Ain’t No Sunshine When He’s Gone

Using Little Reminders To Stay Grateful For Your Spouse

By Gail Andersen

My husband and I usually travel together. Ever since we married over thirty-six years ago, we’ve found it difficult to be apart for very long. We realized that very early on when I went to visit my parents out of state—he showed up just a couple days later because he missed me! That wasn’t the last time that happened. So we try to plan accordingly now.

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Recently, he took a 5-day trip to see his extended family. It was a long awaited trip that had been put off for months due to some seasonal imbalance in our lives. Unfortunately, the seasonal imbalance was still in my life due to caring for my mom, so I wasn’t able to travel with him this time.

Creating A “Dad Link” For Your Kids

Keeping Dad Available When Needed Most

Few things are as reassuring in uncertain times as Dad’s presence. Even if the relationship is strained, when the chips are down, Dad on the scene makes everything seem better.

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Yet Dads are busy guys. Most vocations require Dads to be away from the family a big portion of most days. Is there a way to maintain that security of Dad’s presence even when not physically present?

How To Avoid Or Quickly Defuse Arguments In Marriage

3 Tactics To Resolve Differences Constructively

The Crazy Cycle. That’s what Emerson Eggerichs calls it in his book, Love & Respect. Any married couple will readily identify it once they read the description. A conversation that goes nuclear almost before you even know what just happened. He says something that sounds unloving. She zings back with something that sounds disrespectful. Or perhaps she starts it—doesn’t matter. It quickly devolves into another crazy cycle.

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Some arguments catch couples by surprise. They stumble into it and don’t recognize it until emotions are ignited. Yet other arguments can be predicted a mile away. The subject matter has been trouble in the past—perhaps many times—and unless you approach it differently, it will be trouble again.

5 Ways To Reinforce Every Child’s Value In Your Family

Discovering, Releasing, and Celebrating Uniqueness

By Gail Andersen

We are often asked, “How do you help each child in your family to feel valuable?” This is particularly important to parents who have more than one child. Although children shouldn’t feel that the world spins around them, every child should feel appreciated and valued as a member of the family.

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Some children have very outgoing and vibrant personalities. This causes those around them to recognize their talents easily. But, other children are more laid back, and you must dig to find those golden nuggets and draw them out for all to see. Recognizing each child’s uniqueness is an essential part of family life.

Why A Productive Tomorrow Depends On Tonight

Decisions You Made Before Bed Affect Your Decision-Making Today

Recently, I had one of those days. I felt like George Constanza—every decision I made was wrong. I would have been better to just do the opposite of my inclinations. I made one misstep after another. After several miserable hours into the day, I realized it all started by me staying up later than I should have the night before.

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That may sound a bit over-simplistic, but I know it was the first domino to fall and set off an embarrassing chain reaction.

How To Say “No” Without Offending Or Feeling Guilty

Help For The Overcommitted And Overextended!

You’re busy. I’m busy. If there’s one thing I hear more than anything else in small talk it’s how busy everyone is. It’s generally with a tone of frustration, feeling like victims of others’ demands or of circumstances out of our control.

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The good news is that we are in control of more than what we seem to be. So much of our time pressure results from overcommitting. We are the problem. It happens because we don’t say “no” as much as we could.

Teach Your Kids To Be Thankful

Break A Spirit of Entitlement With An Attitude Of Gratitude

By Gail Andersen

Have you ever given something to your child that you thought would be a big deal, but he just takes it and moves along? Most likely you have, and you’re probably reliving a flurry of emotions just thinking about it. Will you be inclined to give him anything else in the near future? Probably not.

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Children can quickly develop a mindset of entitlement. It’s not a glamorous trait. Yet it will become ingrained if we as parents don’t train them to be thankful. As with most character training, it starts with simple things.