4 Things Your Marriage Needs

Good mentors can mean the difference between success and failure.

When Tammy and I first married, we quickly found that there were at least 4 things your marriage needs. We both knew that we would need outside help to have the marriage that we hoped for. Our birth families were good to and for us, but we wanted our marriage to be more and deeper […]

4 Ways to Help Your Kids’ Dad to Be a Better Dad

Do you help your kids’ dad to be a better dad? Or do you unintentionally (or intentionally???) leave him out of the equation? Lots of research shows how vitally important a father’s role is in the life of children. Kids with strong, engaged fathers are helped socially, emotionally, academically, physically and more. By helping your […]

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Teach Your Son Guidelines for Approaching Girls

This is a much-needed skill in a man’s life

Parents need to give their sons guidelines for approaching girls. I have heard stories from women and girls about how badly this can go wrong. If the stories are even partially true, many men and boys badly need to be coached about this. A woman once told of her experience in being approached by a […]

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Mistakes to Avoid This Holiday Season

If you did, would your New Year be less stressful?

What are 6 common mistakes to avoid this holiday season? Could your New Year perhaps be less stressful? Years ago, as young parents we often found ourselves overly-stressed during the holiday season. Most months of the year, we were barely able to pay our bills and feed our kids. The arrival of the holiday season’s […]

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Don’t Give Up on Your Marriage Yet!

Here are some things to consider before ending things

There have been a couple of times during my 38 years of marriage when trusted advisors said to me, “Don’t give up on your marriage yet! The best is yet to be, unless you give up and walk away.” Of course, in each of these cases, those who were advising me knew me well, and […]

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Are YOU the Silent, Emotionally Distant Couple in the Room?

You didn’t just run out of things to say!

Have you ever been out in public and noticed a silent, emotionally distant couple? Their eyes focused on any and everything but each other They have no ongoing discussion They have dead-looking eyes There is obviously little if any “life” in their relationship Watching them makes you wonder: Do they act like this in the […]

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6 Things That Might Surprise You About the Right Kind of Man

Good Men Really Don’t Fit Into Masculine Stereotypes

There are some things that might surprise you about the right kind of man, and what they are really like. We live in a world where it seems that people feel the need to categorize others into well-established mental “boxes.” But the truth is that the men you know don’t always fit into the “Man […]

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Increasing Our Endurance

3 basic ways to give members of your family a backbone and staying power

Increasing our endurance is a key to having a long, productive life. The ability to make yourself do what you DON’T want to do (and to do it well) is vitally important. Without grit, fortitude and determination, success in the major endeavors of life can be overwhelmingly tough to obtain. In my early 20’s, I […]

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7 Ways to Prove You Love Your Spouse

We need to “walk the walk” as much as we need to “talk the talk.”

Talk is cheap. In order to prove our love for a spouse, we need to “walk the walk” as much as we need to “talk the talk.” Whether you are just starting your marriage journey, or have been at it for several years now, the love we show, or the lack of it, begins in […]

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Is Our Behavior Acceptable or Unacceptable?

4 Things That Are Only OK With Those Who Do Them

  Can our children/grandchildren’s actions unknowingly be reducing the number of friends/dates available to them? Are you doing things that automatically reduce your influence and effectiveness as a parent/grandparent among other parents/grandparents? Are we unconsciously repelling good people, causing them to dismiss or ignore us because of things we do? ____________________ Michael Hyatt, an online […]

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