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312, 2021
  • Frank Capra

When Real Men Speak, Truth Trumps Fiction

By |December 3rd, 2021|

The life of Frank Capra is a reminder that real-life stories are often the most powerful we will ever hear. When real men like Frank Capra speak, truth trumps fiction.  Like many in Generation X, I was raised on television by Boomers who chose to co-parent with the idiot box! ...

312, 2021
  • attentiveness

Listening is the Music of Love

By |December 3rd, 2021|

Attentiveness and discipline are keys to listening well. When we take the time to listen to our spouse, we strengthen our relationship like nothing else. One of the most supremely loving gestures we can give another person is to listen to them. However, being heard is a rare experience for ...

212, 2021
  • having fun

Choosing to Join In When Your Kids Have Fun

By |December 2nd, 2021|

Having fun with your kids sometimes means choosing to join them in their silly activities. The other day my girls emptied shredded paper all over the floor to play with it – so I joined them! On Friday afternoon, I had Phoebe asleep in the swing while Esther and Magdalene ...

112, 2021

Anger Busters for Kids

By |December 1st, 2021|

If your child is angry, neither lashing out or bottling it up is a good idea. Here are eight great anger busters to help your child manage his or her emotions. Your child is yelling, slamming doors and having an all-out tantrum – but can he trust you with his ...

2611, 2021

10 Ways to Defeat Depression

By |November 26th, 2021|

When it comes to mental health, prevention is always better than cure. Here are ten natural ways to defeat depression. Even if you don't suffer from depression, you will improve your life by implementing these ten simple strategies. C.S. Lewis wrote that "Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, ...

2611, 2021

New Dads Can Experience Pregnancy Hell Too

By |November 26th, 2021|

My wife went through pregnancy hell. And so did I, though my issues only surfaced years later. To all the dads out there: pregnancy may be tough for you too, and that's okay. If I made it, so will you. I remember the apprehension and nerves when my first child ...

2511, 2021

Be the Change You Want to See in Your Marriage

By |November 25th, 2021|

Are you facing conflict in your marriage? Make the first move. Change your mindset, respond with compassion, dwell on the positives. Change begins with you. All changes in our relationships should start with ourselves. It may be comforting to blame our spouse for the inadequacies of our marriage and expect ...

2011, 2021

International Men’s Day is Making a Difference!

By |November 20th, 2021|

The celebration of International Men's Day is saving men's lives by the tens of thousands every year that it is celebrated. Read about some of the awesome events that took place this year. International Men's Day is exploding around the world. So firstly, thank you for your support for Internationals ...

1811, 2021

The Daily ‘I Do’ When You’d Rather Not 

By |November 18th, 2021|

Think about your “I do” and make it a daily one. Ask, what will “I do” for my marriage today? It’s a powerful strategy for both the good times and the bad. At a recent business conference, a speaker made an offhand remark about having to recommit to her marriage vows ...

1811, 2021
  • healthy habits

5 Habits of Healthy and Happy People

By |November 18th, 2021|

Healthy habits are important when life is busy and stressful. These five simple strategies are almost guaranteed to improve your life and make you a happier person. Are you able to ‘shake it off’ when faced with the stress of looming deadlines, relationship conflicts, family pressures, long work hours and ...

1611, 2021

Every Mother’s Worst Fear

By |November 16th, 2021|

What is your worst fear as a mother? Mine is losing one of my children – and that's exactly what happened to me recently! I lost Magdalene at the shops on Monday, and it scared me like nothing else. One moment, she was standing with other children her age watching ...

1311, 2021
  • International Men's Day

International Men’s Day: An Idea Whose Time is Come

By |November 13th, 2021|

Life is an adventure. Coordinating International Men’s Day (IMD) for the world is a super adventure. For starters, it is a relatively new concept on the world stage of ideas, but as Victor Hugo once said, “Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time is come.” International Men’s Day ...

1211, 2021

15 Family-Friendly Flicks about Dads to Keep the Home Fires Burning

By |November 12th, 2021|

Forget Finding Nemo and Three Men and a Baby. Here are fifteen family-friendly films about dads that dads will actually enjoy watching! 15. Swing Vote (2008) Kevin Costner plays the uninterested, apolitical Bud Johnson. Thanks to the wiles of his daughter, Johnson ends up becoming an election-decider after she votes ...

1211, 2021

Triggered: A Little Restraint Goes a Long Way

By |November 12th, 2021|

It happens all the time: one of us does or says something and the other is triggered, reacting harshly. To break the habit of reactivity, try this mindfulness tool to develop the virtue of restraint. While it is often associated with Buddhist meditation, mindfulness has actually been a feature of ...

1111, 2021
  • God's wisdom

On Having the Perfect Plan for Your Children

By |November 11th, 2021|

God's wisdom and plans are greater than ours. It is tempting to chart our children's lives for them, but even better is when we let God take the wheel – directing our lives and our children's lives too. Do you already have the “perfect” plan designed for your children’s lives? ...

1011, 2021
  • treasure

Where Your Treasure Is, There Your Heart Will Be Also

By |November 10th, 2021|

What do your children value? Reflecting on the way children treasure the simplest things can teach us important lessons in life about what we treasure. My girls are obsessed with little bits and pieces. Their bits and pieces might be a compilation of parts from toys, Barbie accessories, bracelets or ...

911, 2021
  • can't sleep

Insomnomore: Six Tips to Sleep Well and Stay Happy

By |November 9th, 2021|

Can't sleep? You're not alone, and you're also not without hope. Consider these simple, practical strategies to get your sleep habits back on track. Whether it’s your late afternoon latte, noisy neighbours, or just too much on your mind, daytime mayhem often means bedtime bedlam. We work hard to meet ...

511, 2021
  • International Men's Day

International Men’s Day is a Defence for Men and Women

By |November 5th, 2021|

International Men's Day is more relevant than ever. Celebrating this important day is the key, not just to defending men – but women, children and families as well. In two weeks we will mark International Men's Day, on Friday 19th November. So why should we celebrate International Men's Day? The ...

511, 2021
  • forgive

3 Tips on How to Forgive

By |November 5th, 2021|

There are always ample opportunities to forgive others, especially in a marriage. But sometimes we don't know how. Consider three tips to help you forgive more easily in the context of a covenant relationship. We remember those long nights in the first year of our marriage. In the infancy of ...

411, 2021
  • sweet spot

Finding the Sweet Spot in Parenting

By |November 4th, 2021|

Parenting comes with so many challenges. But the biggest challenge of all is stopping to enjoy the joys – the 'sweet spots' – of parenting. This year has been one of the most challenging years of parenting for me. In some ways, I assumed this year would be easier because ...

311, 2021
  • kids church

An Open Letter to Kids Church Leaders

By |November 3rd, 2021|

An open letter to kids church leaders: you are doing more for our children than you realise. Praise God for your ministry! For 15 years, I’ve served in kids church or children's ministry at different churches and denominations. During that time, I worked almost solely with 2-4 year olds. Through ...

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