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Category Archive: Compassion

More on living with my mother-in-law

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 [...]

This is what I should’ve done

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 [...]

Teaching children respect

Have you heard the complaint that kids nowadays do not show proper respect? I read an Agatha Christie mystery where a room full of eyewitnesses were not able to identify the culprit, because the murderer was dressed as one of the housekeepers in the hotel, and “no one ever looks at the face of servants.” [...]

What character goals do we have for our children?

Soccer, basketball, scouting, karate, piano lessons,  art lessons – we give our children many opportunities to grow. Have we also considered the character traits that we want our children to develop? It can be all too easy to let the prevailing culture’s values carry us along while we are too busy with the daily living. [...]

What can we do for Haiti?

What can we do for Haiti?

Everyone is talking about Haiti. Is it enough to just talk about Haiti? My son reminded me yesterday that it’s possible to feel strong emotions about a devastating situation and that in itself somehow gives us the impression that we’ve done our part. Our mere sympathy for Haiti shows that we are compassionate people, and [...]

Does having a pet teach responsibility?

Does having a pet teach responsibility?

“Can we have a puppy for Christmas?” Doesn’t every child dream of having a pet? A pony? A puppy? A rabbit? When I was growing up, I wanted a dog, but the closest we got was a fish tank with an array of colorful fish. I developed a fear for fish when I woke up [...]