Entries in the Category 'Family Togetherness'

Discipling children: Spending one-on-one time

December 2nd, 2011 / 8 Comments

(This is the continuation of the series on Discipling Our Children.) If you are not an only child, perhaps you have felt that your parents loved your siblings more than you. Or maybe you were the one loved more. Now that you are the parent, you know that parents have enough love to go around, […]

More on living with my mother-in-law

October 27th, 2011 / 8 Comments

In my previous post on living with my mother-in-law, several of the comments indicate the sentiment that they wish they did not have to live with their in-laws.  They want to get out of that situation, but have no choice. Not many of us, if any, marry our spouses wanting to invite the in-laws to […]

How to stop siblings from fighting

October 17th, 2011 / No Comments

If you have more than one child, chances are they fight. Well-meaning parents sometimes do more to aggravate the situation rather than help the children come to a solution. Babysitters.net offers the following “10 Solutions to Constantly Fighting Siblings.”  Try these out and see if your kids will keep the fighting to a minimum. Sibling […]

What I want for my little girl

May 18th, 2011 / No Comments

A little humor and a timeless message from The Duke.

This is what I should’ve done

March 29th, 2011 / No Comments

You might have noticed that I am a big fan of Family Life. That’s because the President and host of the radio program, Dennis Rainey raised 6 children. And anyone who has raised 6 successful children is someone to whom I pay close attention. So I am going to quote him again today. I read […]

Is less than 81 minutes a day with your child enough?

March 28th, 2011 / 1 Comment

According to The Telegraph, a new study found that in Britain, those who work outside the home spend on average 81  minutes a day looking after their families, and that included meal times. This also included time spent with children at weekend – meaning that on working days, the average amount of time parents spent […]

In praise of my mother-in-law

October 14th, 2010 / No Comments

You don’t read a title like that very often, do you? It’s not easy being a mother-in-law. I can already see myself being a critical mother-in-law. As my children enter the dating age, I can’t see how there is anyone out there good enough to marry my perfect children! Hence, being a mother naturally leads […]

Deeper conversation starters

September 28th, 2010 / No Comments

Rather than just talking about school, or about shopping, or about college applications, how can we as parents connect better with our children with deeper conversation? Here are some complete-the-sentence conversation starters. Parents have to answer too. Use these when you take a walk together, or on an hour drive to grandma’s house, or over […]

What to do when children say, “We’re bored!”

February 11th, 2010 / No Comments

“Boooring…” This word has become the ultimate putdown. If a party is “boooring”, it is a total disaster. Or if a class is “boooring”, the teacher is the epitome of failure. I recently heard that in Michael Crichton’s  novel Timeline, a character made this insightful remark: “In other centuries, human beings wanted do to be […]

Why should our homes be fun?

January 27th, 2010 / 5 Comments

I  noticed that I talk quite a bit about having fun and laughter in the home. I suppose this is because I hear too often from teenagers that home is not a place they want to be.  They are bored at home; their parents nag them; they would rather be out with their friends. It […]