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12 Great Series to Read from Amazon FreeTime Unlimited!

It's no secret that reading is incredibly important, from improving writing, spelling, and vocabulary, to aiding and increasing imagination and creativity, but 21% of adults in the U.S. read below a 5th grade level. Reading opens up all kinds of doors that many of us take for granted. I don't think it's coincidence that 63% of prison inmates can't read. I was blessed with a family who valued reading pretty highly. Going to the library used to be a favorite family activity, and some of my … [Continue Reading...]

Before you speak, think - is it TRUE? is it HELPFUL? is it INSPIRING? is it NECESSARY? is it KIND?

Simplifying Parenting: Becoming a Respectful Family

There are many things we wish we did better as a family, and this year we decided to simplify our process by doing one Family Character Focus™ each month, instead of trying to haphazardly work on 20 things at a time. Our theory is that we’ll feel less crazy that way and make better progress. The goal of this focus is to arm you with resources to help you become a more respectful family in 1 month. There is no wrong way to do it – just look through the ideas and choose the things that fit your … [Continue Reading...]

the Four A's of Managing Stress - Avoid, Alter, Adapt, Accept

65 Common Symptoms of Stress + 6 Natural Ways to Manage Stress

77% of people in the U.S. regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress.* Stress is something that affects all of us, from job interviews to first dates, piles of laundry to sick kids. It's not always bad, but it can quickly get out of control and start negatively affecting your life. I didn't used to be very realistic about what I could reasonably accomplish, or very good at saying no. That, combined with the mentality that you just do what needs to be done, had me in a downward … [Continue Reading...]