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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


8 Ways to Affair-Proof Your Marriage

Preventing a problem before it IS a problem is important.

Why should you be interested in affair-proofing your marriage? To me, that’s like asking, “Why should I child-proof my medicine or cleaner cabinet?” Preventing a problem before it even IS a problem just seems wise to me. ____________________ One of the visible cultural shifts in our world today lies in the views of and expectations […]


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 […]


6 Ways to Make a Man FEEL like a Man

In a world where gender issues and confusion reigns, women need to know this!

In a world where gender issues and confusion reigns, women need to know how to make the men in their lives FEEL like a man. Why? If he loses his way in the path of manhood: He might stray too far into the false world of the overly “macho” man. He might stray to far […]


Helpless Kids Hurt Society

Helpless babies need to transition into helpful adults.

Helpless babies are an expected thing. Temporary helplessness in growing children is a normal part of the developmental process. But at some point, helpless babies need to transition into helpful adults. The lack of competency in basic life skills is a BIG threat to our children’s future success in life. There is a huge nationwide […]


6 Things Smart People Notice in the Opposite Sex

Does your son or daughter know what to look for in a potential boy/girl friend? Do they know what kind of person they have to be in order to attract the right kind of attention? Are YOU helping them to avoid future relationship train wrecks? ____________________ There are generally 2 pieces to the “relationship puzzle.” […]