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Family Minute #39

We all want to be popular, right?

We want to be liked. We want to fit in. We want to be invited. We want to do what others are doing. Well, so do our children. And they’re especially vulnerable during their impressionable teen years -- a time when they are seeking their identity as a person. So we need to show our children, by example, how to stand against what is wrong and stand for what is right... no matter what others may think or say.

And we need to plant a moral compass in our children that will help them safely find their way through this sometimes dangerous jungle called life.

Remember your family first.

Family Minute #38

Parents’ Day

Do you honor your father and mother? Sunday is Parents' Day... a day established by Congress for the purpose of “recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in bringing up their children.” If you’ve had a good relationship with your mom and dad, use this day as an opportunity to thank them for one important thing they did to impact your life in a positive way. If your relationship with them has been more difficult, use it as an opportunity to open up the relational door that’s been closed for so long. Find something... be it ever so small... to thank them for. Forgive them... if you need to... seek forgiveness... if you need to. Honor your mom and dad for who they are and for what they’ve done in your life.

Remember your family first.

Family Minute #37

What’s the division of labor like at your house?

If one person is saddled with the majority of the chores, something may be out of balance. So sit down with your spouse and come up with a plan, which includes your children. Assign tasks according to each person’s abilities, interests and preferences, rather than by so-called “men’s work” or “women’s work.” Then, let whoever does each task do it his or her way – without criticism. Switch jobs regularly... maybe each week or month.

Remember your family first.

Family Minute #36

Have you ever said or done something you regret?

We all make mistakes. We react in haste or we respond without thinking. And sometimes we wish we could go back and undo something we did or un-say something we said. But life doesn’t have a rewind button. So it’s important to weigh our actions and our words carefully, before we act... before we speak... before we injure or offend someone else.

A Proverb says ‘Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.’ Let’s remember that and live a life with fewer regrets.

Remember your family first.

Make Me Laugh Monday - Kidisms #2

Marc, age 4
Marc was engrossed in a young couple that were hugging and kissing in a restaurant. Without taking his eyes off them, he asked his dad, "Why is he whispering in her mouth?"

Clayton, age 5
Clayton was in his bedroom looking worried. When his mom asked what was troubling him, he replied, "I don't know what'll happen with this bed when I get married. How will my wife fit in?"

James, age 4
James was listening to a Bible story. His dad read: "The man named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee out of the city but his wife looked back and was turned to salt. Concerned, James asked, "What happened to the flea?"

Tammy, age 4
Tammy was with her mother when they met an elderly, rather wrinkled woman her mom knew. Tammy looked at her for a while and then asked, "Why doesn't your skin fit your face?"

Sandy, age 4
"Dear Lord," the minister began, with arms extended toward heaven and a rapturous look on his upturned face. "Without you, we are but dust." He would have continued but at that moment Sandy leaned over and asked her mom quite audibly in her shrill little girl voice, "Mom, what is butt dust?"

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