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Dealing with Spirited Children

If you have more than one child, there is likely to be a high-spirited one in the lot. Here are some good suggestions for how to deal with these delightful, rambunctious, sensitive, and determined kids. While some of these strategies apply to all children, they are especially important for parents with children who are strong-willed, […]

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Find a Healthy Living Strategy

In today’s society, meditation is relevant and popular, but not always easy. What does it require of us? Let’s think about this and realize that meditation requires a healthy lifestyle that includes changes. In fact, it is hard to discuss just one healthy living strategy. However, there are a few easy ways to combine a […]

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Is There an Afterlife in Buddhism

If you believe in reincarnation, then the afterlife can be thought of as a place where you go to be reborn again. Most westerners believe that the idea of reincarnation conflicts with their thoughts about heaven, but the two are not mutually exclusive.   Buddhists believe that there are realms of existence that one can go […]

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Teaching your Child to Choose Friends Wisely

If you haven’t seen Leave It to Beaver, you might enjoy screening an episode or two. Netflix has this show available. In addition to all the laughs, there is a lot I like about how this show portrays family life. Specifically: Within well-defined guidelines and parameters, children are free to express themselves and develop their […]

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Ecumenism in the 21st Century

John 17:11 tells us that shortly before his Passion began, the Lord prayed to the Father, “Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me, so that they may become one just as we are” (John 17:11).  Although we often associate division among Christians with the schisms that led to the Orthodox […]

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Your Child Knows More Than You Think

My 3-year-old surprised me the other night. It didn’t surprise me that he sneaked out of bed and was listening to us while we ate ice cream cake with my parents. It didn’t surprise me that he ran back to bed as soon as he heard us come up the stairs, or that he jumped […]

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Keep God in U.S. History

History doesn’t change; we might change the way we present it or think about it, but what happened happened, regardless of whether we acknowledge it or not. While the “penumbra” of the Constitution can be constantly reinterpreted, the fact is, there was a historical context and culture in which the Constitution was written. That included […]

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Strengthening Your Family Culture and Identity

Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about family culture and identity, partly because our own family identity is growing more and more, without us even noticing it. As our kids grow, their individual personalities, likes, and interests continue emerging, but in the same way, some common characteristics emerge – things that don’t apply to just […]

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25 Frugal Kids Activities

It’s easy to fall into a routine of letting your kids use electronic devices for hours on end, especially if you’re busy working or running errands. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children should not watch television more than two hours a day. They need time to get some exercise, play outside, and engage […]

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“Did you find everything you needed today?”

I am grateful for your question; however, I have lost an afternoon rummaging the endless aisles filled with stuff I don’t need and getting stressed out that I am wasting precious time I would like to spend with my family. This happens almost every time I go to Walmart. Our Walmart is big enough to […]