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New Baby, Distant Husband

Do you feel abandoned? Our mentors are here for you. Request a mentor today. “Ever since I had the baby, my husband has been distant.” In the midst of all the excitement of new baby, especially the first baby, you rarely hear expectant parents talking about how this child will change their marriage. Babies are wonderful, let’s be...

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Planning for Baby Number One
Planning for Baby Number One

“Are we ready for this?” The decision to start a family is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make.  There is excitement and apprehension, not to mention all the comments from family who think it is about time. So how do you get ready for this momentous occasion? Let me suggest a few things to consider before you go off birth control. How...

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Have a New Teenager by Friday
Have a New Teenager by Friday

I truly believe that Leman’s “Have a New X by Friday” series is really just a gimmick. I don’t mean that in a bad way. It’s his way of capturing your attention: if you drastically change the way you act as a parent, a wife, a friend, then you will see dramatic changes quickly in those you love. He’s right. In his book, Have a New Teenager...

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Courageous
Courageous

I was invited to see Courageous as a preview.  I was looking forward to seeing a movie, because I love going to the theatre.  The showing was scheduled for 10:30 a.m.  At 9:00 we got a phone call that the house we were planning to moving into in less than a week fell through.  We were really excited about that house!  We thought God had miraculously...

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Be Time Creative
Be Time Creative

You know, I keep on emphasizing this and hammering it home: it takes time, and be creative with your time. This is probably one of the last segments we’ll spend on this, but I want to give you two examples. Look at flowers and bugs through a magnifying glass. You will be amazed how impressed you will be with the inside of flowers, and weeds,...

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The Summer of Letting Go
The Summer of Letting Go

This fall my 18 year-old son, my first-born, my newly minted young adult, will be leaving home to start university.  I have never been an overly protective mother.  Over the years, he has often left home, even for extended times.  At 8 years old, he spent a week with members of our extended family whom he barely knew. After that there were...

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Should a Child’s Room be Awesome?
Should a Child's Room be Awesome?

When my children were first born, I did something radical. I didn't really decorate their room. Part of it was a money issue; we had so little cash, and we were trying to save for a down payment for a house. I thought putting our money into an apartment sized washing machine would be a far better use of our funds than buying cute little Noah's Ark...

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Sure Fire way To Teach Kids to Cook
Sure Fire way To Teach Kids to Cook

Teach your kids to cook so you don't have to! Here's my philosophy in a nutshell: Each year after age 10, they learn to make one meal per year. So at 11 they can make 1. At 12 they can make 2. At 13 they can make 3. And so on, and so on, and so on. That way, when they move out at 18, the goal is that they can make seven different meals well,...

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