Where’s Christ In Our Christmas Songs?

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I was listening to Christmas music on the radio when it dawned on me they weren't playing many songs about Christ. Oh, the weather outside is frightful, and there are plenty of songs about that. Baby, it's cold outside when you're walking in a winter wonderland, going on sleigh rides, and making snowmen. Sometimes those snowmen come to life and...

Don’t Be “Mr. Important”

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Let me just state the obvious right here at the start: I'm more important than you! I shouldn't have to say it. I mean, I'm ME and you're YOU; of course I'm more important! We have rules for a reason, and that reason is to keep people like you in check. The rules apply to everyone except me, because I'm...

The Funny-ish Files: Get up and do something!

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Sometimes that recliner is just a little too comfortable. You know you should get up, get out and do something, and you're sure that you will...but in a few minutes. Not right now. You're cozy in the chair. You've got your smart phone and you're cruising through a game of Candy Crush. You're mindlessly watching another episode of Family Feud....

Celebrate summer in September!

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Did you know it's still summer after Labor Day? It's true! After Labor Day there are more than two and a half weeks of summer left before it officially becomes fall. That doesn't seem right, does it? We're always being told that summer ends as soon as school starts up again in August. Or, they say that the Labor Day...

Summer vs. Back to School

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Summer vacation! For those who don't have to be at work, it can be a wonderful, fun-filled adventure. But, seemingly without warning it'll be time to go back to school, and it will all come to a screeching halt. On a random summer day, you can sleep in until 10:30 (or later) if you want. Once school starts, the alarm...

Is July fire season or fireworks season?

It's July. Does that mean it's fire season, or fireworks season? The answer, of course, is both — and that can be a problem. We wait until July when all the weeds are dried out and everything is at peak flammability, and then we light the fuse and send exploding fire bombs up into the air. And, just in case...

8 times you can’t say ‘no’ to your kids

As parents, we spend an awful lot of our time saying "no" to our kids. "Can I have candy for breakfast?" "No." "Can I have a pony?" "No." "Can I have $200?" "No." "Can I give my brother a haircut?" "No." "Can I put baby in a corner?" "No." (Nobody puts baby in a corner.) You get the idea. Sometimes we get so conditioned to...

Why is bedtime such a surprise?

Bed Time Surprise Joe Capell
Every night the kids go to bed. Every. Single. Night. And yet, almost every night it seems to come as a surprise. "What? Bed time? You've got to be kidding me, right? Are you trying to tell me you actually expect me to go to bed? This is unheard of! I won't stand for this!" Bed time for the kids at...

Before I had kids …

Before I had kids . . .
Before I had kids, I would go to whichever fast food restaurant was closest. Now, I'll drive 20 miles out of my way to find a fast food restaurant with a PlayPlace. Before I had kids, my only concern with stairs was how winded I might get if I had to climb several flights of them at once. Now, I look...

5 things to do while your kids nap

There's going to be a total eclipse of the sun visible across much of the United States this August. This is rare; the last time it happened was 26 years ago. Do you know what else is so rare that it only happens once or twice a lifetime? All the kids actually napping at the same time! If you have...