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11 Tips for How to Keep the Spark Alive After Having Kids

How do you keep the spark alive after having kids? Following this list of simple tips can help: Ditch the fairy tale Always say goodbye and hello, preferably with a kiss Chat often Flirt daily Greet each other with a compliment Affirm each other Express appreciation Prioritize your relationship Don’t be subtle about intimacy Leave …

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4 Signs of Parental Peer Pressure and What to Do About It

I’ve been told by more seasoned parents than myself that they fear for the youth of today. On top of parental peer pressure stresses, they don’t know how we will raise good children while protecting their innocence. My response; God put us here at this time for some definite purpose. I don’t know what mine …

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10 Toxic Marriage Habits and How to Change Them

Watching my beautiful bride walk down the aisle all those years ago was a dream come true. I saw perfection. Not in the literal, shallow sense, but in the sense that she made me whole, was absolutely amazing in so many ways, and I just knew our life together would be an adventure. What I …

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Effectively Negotiating With Your Child: A Quick How-To

One of the popular parenting tips out there is to give your child choices, so they feel like they have control over their decisions. I can’t say I 100% agree or disagree with the above when negotiating with your child. It has helped us get out of many arguments and skip the long, drawn-out fits …

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7 Game-Changing Ways to Find More Time in the Day

Two words—time management. One minute you think you’ve got it figured out, and the next, everything is in chaos again. My wife and I constantly felt like circus performers; you know, the ones that spin plates on those little sticks, and you’re just waiting for them to all come crashing down. Balancing our life with …

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What Financial Goals Should I Have for My Family?

What financial goals should I have for my family? That wasn’t something I thought about very much. Fast-forward to year five of our marriage, and it became abundantly clear after reviewing our bills that we needed more income. I was providing in-home daycare for one child, and Joe received an honorable discharge from the military, …

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Should We Give Our Kids an Allowance?

Do we need to give our kids an allowance? An all too familiar question that I believe every parent will ask once their child shows an interest in spending money. Or worse, they hear about other children who DO get an allowance and how it’s “so unfair!” that they don’t get an allowance. So what …

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How to Have a Happy and Healthy Marriage in Your Thirties

Raise your hand if you’re in your thirties and never heard of the movie Forrest Gump. That’s what I thought—not one hand! One of my favorite lines from that movie goes like this: My momma always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get. —Forrest Gump Certain …

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11 Charitable Family Christmas Traditions You Need to Start Now

It’s easy to find yourself going through the motions with your family over the Christmas season. Christmas is my absolute favorite time of the year, but the seasonal festivities can get repetitive. Decide if we’re going to put decorations up before or after Thanksgiving. Go around to family Christmas parties and eat way more than …

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How to Have Effective Communication With Your Spouse to Have a Happy Marriage

A Little Back Story Effective communication with your spouse? I never thought that would be a problem. I’ve always been a fairly confident person; at least, I try to be. Maybe I’m not, who knows. Joe and I got married when I was 20 years old. At that time, I can assure you that I …

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