Do you like the old television classics from the 50s, 60s and even 70s? If so, you can see many of them – for free – from various online sources. Here’s an article telling more about how to find the good old shows.
My kids messy? Nooooo.
Just a bit distracted. So they forget what’s in their pockets. So those clothes get into the washer and deposit their little goodies. So the assembled mess cost me a $60 service call to pull ‘em out of the washer’s pump.
What can I do?
Here’s one woman’s answer.
BTW, the pic shows just some of the stuff that really clogged that washer pump.
Inspiring, insightful and remarkable. Pretty funny, at times, as well. I’d challenge you to listen to at least five minutes of this engaging speaker – and know that if you do, you’ll want to hear her entire message. I promise.
Here’s where you can learn about ways to pray for this nation.
A remarkably event; unforgettable, really. The day Dr. Dobson surprised us all. Hear the crowd reaction at this link.
As a youngster I recall watching Art Linkletter on television. I know I am dating myself here, and that’s okay!
Did you know he has been a show business star for more than 60 years?
Did you know that he hosted two of the longest- running shows in broadcast history: House Party (25 years) and People Are Funny (19 years)?
Did you know he has authored 23 books including Kids Say the Darndest Things, which is in the top 15 best-sellers in American publishing history?
Learn more about this inspiring, humorous and tender-hearted man on a three-day Focus on the Family broadcast series.
Our youngest son, Zane is four years old. He is very fond of his oldest brother and misses him quite a bit. He is fond of telling us, “When I grow up, I’m going to go to college and see Dakota.”
A couple of days ago, while Dena was in the kitchen, Zane came to her carrying with a brown paper bag full of his belongings.
She was on the phone but paused to ask him what he needed. He smiled and held up the bag of his items, which included a pair of shoes, a teddy bear, several books, pajamas, a “Bob The Builder” toy crane. Then Zane proudly proclaimed, “These are the things I’m going to take with me when I go to college with Dakota!”
Pretty sweet! Makes me get a little weepy, though.
When I moved from Wisconsin to Texas in the early 1980s, I found myself unaccustomed to a lot of things. Food, weather and the general approach to life seemed so different to this midwest boy. One thing that I liked: kids seemed to be more…respectful. I guess part of that was their propensity to address adults as “sir” or “ma’am.” Hadn’t really heard many children speak to me with a “Yes, sir” or “No, sir.” I rather liked that emphasis on being respectful of elders. Especially at the ripe old age of 23!
Unfortunately, it seems I’ve not done such a good job of instilling that verbal habit in my own kids. It isn’t that they are disrespectful, just that they haven’t been required/trained/taught by me to speak in such a manner. Notice I am not reflecting at all about my wife’s role in the home – she is a wonderful nurturer and has trained the kids so very well. This was my failure, not hers. I had an idea – to have my children learn this trait – and I didn’t follow through. I regret that, although now that I think of it, my oldest son does often refer to older adults in that way. Maybe I didn’t miss the mark altogether?
Appropriate speech is just one way we can help our kids learn to be more respectful. If you’d like to learn how to teach these and other age-appropriate ways of instilling respect in a child – without being obnoxious or overbearing about it – listen to this web-exclusive audio clip.
We home school our kids. On my occasional day off, I’ve noticed something. Every day when the postman comes by there is a race by the children to the mailbox. They are very interested in the stacks of bills and magazines and newsletters…because there might, just might, be something in there for them. After they investigate every envelope, the pile goes…somewhere. Rarely does it end up in the same place twice, though.
So when I come home from work, where can I find the day’s mail? On the desk? By the phone? In between the sofa cushions (really)?
How can a busy parent stay on top of the clutter that so easily develops from day to day, including the mail? Here’s one expert’s suggestion, specifically addressing the mail issue:
- Distribute the mail as soon as it comes in. Ask the following questions:
a) Is it junk? Toss it in the trash.
b) To whom does it belong? Put it in its rightful place.
c) Does it need follow up? Try to respond within 48 hours if possible.
d) Does it require reading? Place it in your reading file and take it with you so you can read while waiting at the doctor’s office, the dentist, to pick up a child from school.
Emilie Barnes is a nationally recognized home-and-office organization expert. Here’s another tip from Mrs. Barnes, especially to improve the clutter in a child’s room.
Children’s rooms need proper tools to keep them tidy and neat. Consider these suggestions:
a) Keep a small vacuum handy to quickly clean up messes.
b) Put up a pegboard or bulletin board to hang things on to keep things off the floor.
c) Use extra large wastebaskets with plastic garbage can liners.
d) Organize toys in plastic boxes or buckets.
e) Install closet rods (appropriate to the height of the child) so he or she can hang up their own clothes.
f) Limit snacking in bedrooms.
I think every father wants to have his daughter’s heart. You know what I mean. He wants her to look up to him as her protector, and as her Prince. The way a 1st grade girls sees her Dad. As that precious little girl grows, however, things can take a turn, and the relationship can change dramatically.
Robert Woglemuth knows this, and has written about the ways a Dad can make sure he has his daughter’s heart. He shared his perspectives, and some great stories, with Dr. Dobson in this audio interview.
BTW, if your little girl is interested in a young man, check out Robert’s suggestions about how you can interview the fellow and help him understand your affections for your daughter – and your desire that he treat her well.