Family Matters

Fido Killing The Grass? 3 Ways to Save Your Green

on Sunday, 12 January 2014. Posted in Family Matters, LifeStyle

Dogs can be hard on lawns. As spring approaches, now is the time to think about strategies you can employ to keep both your lawn and your pet happy.

Fido Killing The Grass? 3 Ways to Save Your Green

Dogs are great pets, loving companions, and a lot of fun. Every dog has its own unique personality, and can quickly become a member of the family. However, the family dog can also have some annoying habits when it comes to your lawn. Digging or rutting around in the grass can destroy your lawn.

Moving Mom Out? 4 Tips For a Memorable Last Christmas at Home

on Wednesday, 11 December 2013. Posted in Family Matters, LifeStyle

Make Christmas special for elderly family members who face moving from the family home for the first time.

Moving Mom Out? 4 Tips For a Memorable Last Christmas at Home

The big, white farmhouse at the top of the hill has been a homing beacon for the little village since the mid-eighteenth century. It’s housed only four families in its one hundred and seventy-one years. It sat empty and abandoned during the great depression, with children hurrying past, eyes averted, lest the ghosts it was rumored to harbor follow them home. Since 1962, a single family has called it home.

5 Ways to Dismantle the Commercialism of the Holidays

on Monday, 25 November 2013. Posted in Family Matters, LifeStyle

Christmas is not about the frantic rush to buy the latest gadget. It's about celebrating the birth of Christ and living His teachings.

5 Ways to Dismantle the Commercialism of the Holidays

Christmas has become very chaotic, with commercialism taking over the holiday. Starting as early as October, retailers begin bombarding the public with advertisements about what they need to buy for this season. People are told what large meals and elaborate parties they must throw, and they are made to believe that they must buy many gifts, preferably expensive, to make the holidays “happy.”

Parents Caring for Parents: The Rising Conflict of Senior Care

on Saturday, 31 August 2013. Posted in Family Matters, LifeStyle

With a large segment of the country’s population now reaching its senior citizen years, families are facing unique challenges in caring for parents who are no longer as young, active, and mobile as they once were.

Parents Caring for Parents: The Rising Conflict of Senior Care

Caring for senior-aged parents can put a burden on people who also must care for their young children and their own households. While some people try to assimilate their aging parents and children under one roof, others find that they need different options when it comes to caring for their senior citizen moms and dads. As families decide what option is best for them, they should be aware of the choices and resources available to them.

Clever Ways to Jump-Start a New Marriage - Without Adding Debt

on Friday, 14 June 2013. Posted in Family Matters, LifeStyle

Planning that special day is exciting and fun, but trying to stay on budget can tie you in knots. Don't be overwhelmed by big wedding price tags. Take control, and get creative.

Clever Ways to Jump-Start a New Marriage - Without Adding Debt

Lavish weddings are wonderful for those who can afford luxury settings and gourmet catering. Designer gowns and expensive rings are lovely, but their price tags aren't always attractive. With a little creative bridal thinking, you can have the ceremony of your dreams, stay out of debt and enjoy the freedom of making your wedding day truly unique.

Put Away the Video Games - Sports are a Child’s Best Friend

on Saturday, 01 June 2013. Posted in Family Matters, LifeStyle

Raising a child means learning to help that child develop both physically and mentally. Organized sports can play a role in both areas, and have the added benefit of reducing the amount of time kids spend in front of the television playing video games.

Put Away the Video Games - Sports are a Child’s Best Friend

Believe it or not, kids are actually willing to do other things other than watch TV and play video games. With a little encouragement, of course, you can have your child longing to hit the ice rink or the field, rather than being in a permanent state of “couch potato”. Children actually crave structure, and while being on an extremely regimented schedule can be draining and obnoxious, having a set routine offers a sense of stability and comfort to a child.

Unplug and Reboot Your Relationship

on Thursday, 16 May 2013. Posted in Family Matters, LifeStyle

If both you and your partner are feeling disconnected, it is a good idea to unplug together at least a couple of times a week. Shelby Warden has some advice on how to reboot your relationship.

Unplug and Reboot Your Relationship

Almost every American household has access to the Internet, and smartphone usage is increasing each day. Although these technological advances are positive in many ways, they can wreak havoc on a relationship. After all, if you spend all of your time with your nose buried in your phone or laptop, it will be very difficult to have the type of emotional connection that is imperative for a relationship to survive.

Encore Careers: Mastering the Hunt for Your Dream Job

on Saturday, 23 March 2013. Posted in Family Matters, LifeStyle

Is now the time to go after your dream job? For those answering this question later in life there are many variables to consider and challenges to overcome.

Encore Careers: Mastering the Hunt for Your Dream Job

No matter what your age, it's never easy to start over from scratch with a new career path. However, with enough drive, determination and a little help from the right people, it can most definitely be done. These days, many baby boomers are starting over and pursuing the career they have always dreamed about.

3 Unique Ways to Jumpstart Your Baby’s IQ

on Tuesday, 26 February 2013. Posted in Family Matters, LifeStyle

A child’s IQ is similar to that of a muscle which can grow the more it is used. Parents can help stimulate their baby’s mental capacities by incorporating these unique tools into their everyday lives.

3 Unique Ways to Jumpstart Your Baby’s IQ

A child that excels in today’s competitive society is every parent’s dream, and the latest studies conclude that they can play a key role in making this possible. The following are three unique ways to help raise your child’s IQ to the highest level.

Which Laws are Your Children Allowed To Break?

on Wednesday, 23 January 2013. Posted in Family Matters, LifeStyle

Traditionally, good civic practice includes teaching your children to respect and obey the law. While this remains true in general, children should be taught to use common sense to tell right from wrong.

Which Laws are Your Children Allowed To Break?

Although there might be some laws that you personally feel make no sense, it is important to realize that your actions are constantly sending a message to your children. For example, if you speed with your children in the car on a regular basis, they are going to get the impression that it is okay to speed. After all, most children get at least the basics of the morality that they will adhere to as adults from their parents, so it is up to you to provide them with a solid base for the rest of their lives.

The Importance of Creating a Life Emergency Umbrella

on Sunday, 06 January 2013. Posted in Family Matters, LifeStyle

It is impossible to avoid emergencies and set-backs in life. Be prepared by taking steps to create a life emergency umbrella to protect your family when emergencies occur.

The Importance of Creating a Life Emergency Umbrella

For families and married couples, financial planning for the future requires diligence and perseverance to ensure some protection from the burdens that life brings. Death and financial hardship are not circumstances any of us can prevent should they come unexpectedly, but as families there are things that we can do to make those unexpected events easier to manage. This requires a determined course of action to best protect a family's assets and welfare.

Rendezvous with Destiny

Written by Vicki H. Moss on Monday, 31 December 2012. Posted in Family Matters, LifeStyle, Opinion, Vicki H. Moss, Guest Column

Far away in distant and foreign lands American soldiers face danger and death at every turn. Poet and author Vicki H. Moss celebrates the life and reflects on the sacrifice of a soldier who lost his life in service while at war.

Rendezvous with Destiny

I've always struggled with attending funerals. After my father passed on, the struggle intensified. When I received an email that my Precept Ministry Bible leader's grandson had lost his life fighting in Afghanistan, my heart wept for Jan Priddy and her husband Don. However, attending the funeral wasn't an option — until I opened the attachment. When I looked into the young faces in the photo, Jonathon David Hall's life became personal. He stood in front at the far left. Another photo was of fellow soldiers standing alongside the tarmac awaiting the plane that would bring his body back home. Tears flowed. It was then I knew I had to be there to pay respect and honor this twenty-three-year-old young man who'd given his life so that I could live in a free nation. 

Choosing Assisted Living for The Active Senior

on Thursday, 20 December 2012. Posted in Family Matters, LifeStyle

Following a few guidelines in choosing assisted living arrangements can make the process for you and your loved ones go more smoothly.

Choosing Assisted Living for The Active Senior

Choosing a new home for older loved ones can be a challenge. Because it is also a very emotional time, it is often difficult to focus properly. Here are five tips on choosing elder care to make the process go more smoothly.

The Right Side of the Shield: Protect Yourself by Being a Legally Educated Driver

on Friday, 30 November 2012. Posted in Family Matters, LifeStyle

Don't take driving for granted. The risks are real, and the laws are complex. Knowing the laws of your state and locale can help you avoid trouble.

The Right Side of the Shield: Protect Yourself by Being a Legally Educated Driver

All drivers should use caution and follow the rules of the road. While each state may have it's variations, United States traffic laws are the same in general. Obeying the speed limit, stopping for red lights, using your seat belt, and proper turning procedures are required in each state and have similar stipulations.

How to Escape the Escalating Costs of Family Life

on Wednesday, 28 November 2012. Posted in Family Matters, LifeStyle

For many families, it isn’t easy to make ends meet. But with a little creativity and a commitment to spending quality time with loved ones (without spending cash), it can be a lot easier and more rewarding than you might expect.

How to Escape the Escalating Costs of Family Life

A recession is especially tough on families. Having to cut costs and live on an unusually tight budget puts a strain on relationships and inevitably provokes complaints from the children. But reducing your family’s expenses doesn’t have to be a recipe for turmoil on the home front. By following these simple tips, you can escape the fast-escalating costs of supporting a family, without sacrificing the harmony of your household.

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