*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on StudyFinds. There’s no doubt that dogs can bring a whole lot of joy to a household. Our canine companions are loyal, caring, and offer unconditional love to every member of the family. Now, an interesting new study finds that a pet dog may also offer…

Autumn Ward I was the mom with the schedule. Feeding schedule. Sleeping schedule. Reading and playtime schedule. I even had a written schedule on my refrigerator that I followed so I wouldn’t forget anything. I’m telling you, I was the schedule queen. (I’m shaking my head laughing just thinking about it.) Why the scheduling? I simply…

Courtney DeFeo Do you remember the first time your child was in harm’s way? I remember the time my oldest kicked a bright bouncy ball and landed on her head on the concrete. I remember when my youngest got her feelings hurt by a friend and cried real tears, not whiny tears. I’ve watched my…

Tricia Lott Williford I was holding my friend’s baby boy, a long-awaited newborn who was fifteen days old. He was wide-eyed awake and cuddly, and I was as smitten as I’ve always been with those perfect little newborn eyelashes and impossibly tiny fingernails. I remembered those earliest days when Robb and I were new parents,…

  *The following is excerpted from an online article posted on News Medical. Overly strict parents undermine the autonomy of their children which can lead to less favorable outcomes well into adulthood, a new study has shown. A team of researchers at the University of Virginia reveals that teenagers whose parents are overbearing and overcontrolling…

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on MedicalXpress. By age four, children could be established picky eaters, a recent study suggests. And the more parents try to control and restrict children’s diets, the more finicky they may become, according to findings published in Pediatrics. “Picky eating is common during childhood and parents often…

On February 18, 2020 my wife and I were introduced to our firstborn child. It was a surreal experience. It was the holiest moment I’ve ever been a part of outside of the moment Jesus saved me. I have had many dads tell me about the birth experience, “There is nothing like it and it’s…

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on Medical Daily. Many parents have expressed concern about the growing impacts of COVID-19 on children. They said that the lockdowns and forced isolation to manage the disease have been negatively affecting the mental and emotional health of kids. A new Gallup survey shows nearly 3…

Carey Nieuwhof Each of us has a unique pattern that recharges us. I remember the first time I became aware of this.  We were on our way to a family gathering.  The kids were in the car, and my wife Toni and I were just about out of the house. Seemingly out of the blue,…

  You made it! Summer is FINALLY upon us. Welcome to the smell of driveway campfires and fresh cut lawn. Before you know it, you may even be hearing ice cream trucks playing that one song over and over and over and over… Never mind that, never mind that. My family enjoys doing certain things…

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