The Origin of My Best Christmas

All of my life Christmas has been one of the most exciting times of the year. Beginning with intense expectancy on Christmas Eve, I anxiously awaited the gifts I would receive from my wonderfully, overindulgent parents. This excitement carried over to Christmas morning when I would open my presents. But these emotions always subsided shortly […]

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Seven Steps to a Great School Year

Before any big event, wise people make thorough preparations. Whether it’s a wedding, a vacation or a new career, we want to be prepared for whatever comes our way. In the same way, wise parents plan ahead for their child’s success. Instead of playing defense and taking on each battle as it comes, it is […]

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Love Says “No”

Much of life is about balance – finding a balance between work and play or maintaining a balanced budget. In the “Parenting on Purpose” process, nothing is more important than the balance between relationship and discipline. The right disciplinary program gives a child the ability to eventually discipline himself. A right parent-child relationship gives the […]

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Extending Love

There was a time when extended family met the needs of a person in crisis. Those were the farm communities that built America to become what it is today. When a couple or a mom had a need it was her brothers and sisters, her aunts and uncles and her parents who helped her through […]

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Raise Your Child to be Business-Smart

Are parents training children to handle business transactions – or are most children left to be eaten alive by the sharks of sales? We must prepare the next generation how to speak up and negotiate proper business deals. If not, our offspring will become sitting ducks for the shysters and schemers who are lying in […]

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Time to Train Young Leaders

As we head into the primaries, every eye is on candidates.  This is important!  The election of a leader is very important and we should all be involved.  Having said that, let me also say that what is really important is not the next leader, but leadership. We need to be training leaders. We can’t […]

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My Best Christmas

My best Christmas recollection as a child actually began on summer vacation.  I was about eight years old and my dad and I were walking through the tourist village where we were vacationing. I saw a pair of red, knit slippers with fake leather sole and Indian beads on top. They were those ugly slippers […]

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Who Do Your Kids Look Up To?

Who do your kids look up to?  Who are their heroes?  Is it even important to think about who our children look up to?  Only to the extent that we as parents realize that our children will want to emulate their heroes. You tend to want to be like the person or people you look […]

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Time To Perform A Family Audit – More Family Time

It’s seven weeks into the school year and you’ve already lost control.  This is not the way you saw the family schedule going.  Every man for himself, everyone going in different directions and there is no family time whatsoever.  It’s like the whole family fell down a steep hill and everyone is rolling faster and […]

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We’ve Lost Something Important

Today’s family has lost something and it’s a huge loss.  Not to worry though; it can be found.  The members of today’s typical family have lost their connection to each other.  They have little in common other than the same address.  Unfortunately today’s family members have unplugged from each other. To meet a natural need […]

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