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23
Feb
2015

Epic Parent :: Veteran Advice

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Grace Based Parenting, Chris Spradlin, Family Matters, Parenting

God has blessed my wife, Jodie, and I with 3 amazing kiddos.  ColeTrain is 16, KylieFaith is 15 and Tifton Jack (AKA The Jackhammer) is 13.  Jodie and I have been at this raising kids thing for 16 years now and if I could go back in time, there are a few things I would […]

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Parenting, Family Matters, Grace based parenting

  CREATE A JOURNAL: Team Sprad loves to journal!  I encourage all parents to purchase a journal for each of their kiddos and create a habit of writing in the journal on a weekly basis.  I write about the gifts I see in them, encourage them, tell them I am sorry, let my boys know […]

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familyprayer

{originally published in 2011}   Several years ago, my youngest son, Tifton Jack (aka…Jackhammer), decided that he wanted to pray for the family meal. At this time Tifton was around 6 years old and he asked all of us to hold hands as he launched into “one of those prayers”. And it went something like […]

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22
Apr
2014

I Will Change History!

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happy-man-smiling

Our world is in desperate need of a few parents that will stand up, raise their Braveheart sword and scream… I WILL CHANGE HISTORY!! My friend Melissa has struggled with alcohol for much of her life. Her lowest point was when she was drunk in the middle of the afternoon, passed out while taking care of […]

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06
Mar
2014
Let them be kids

The opportunities for kids’ today are endless… Foreign exchange opportunities in Australia Speed and agility classes College prep classes in 2nd grade Tech camps where your baby can learn to make iPhone apps Gaming design teen camp Enrichment, honors and AP courses for students completing PreK through grade 12 24/7 athletics Advanced instrumentation for the […]

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bullying

I recently saw the newly released documentary, “Bully.” If I’m honest, I was a bit anxious to drag my 13, 12 and 10 year old to see the flick…and I was right to be anxious about it. The movie was raw, emotional, offensive and ungodly…and that’s exactly why you should see it!  The creators of […]

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31DOP_Day29

DAY 29 : MATE  ”Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” – Matthew 19:5  {ESV} When my cousin was a young’en he knelt down by his bed, bowed his head and prayed this simple, heartfelt, life changing prayer… “Now I […]

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31DOP_Day13

DAY 13 : DIVERSITY “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” - Galatians 3:28 {ESV} Do you remember your Sunday School teacher sharing God’s Word on the flannel board?  Do you remember getting a star by your […]

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24
Aug
2012

Discover Your Child’s Heart

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KFP-resource-of-the-month

Today is going to be a great day at Family Matters! I have the awesome opportunity to introduce you to another smokin, hot resource from the one and only Dr. Tim Kimmel.  (I’m sure he hates when I intro him this way…but somebody’s gotta keep it a bit ridiculous around here) And NO, they don’t […]

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06
Jun
2012

Be Your Kid’s Hero

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be your kid's hero

The next few months are shaping up to be a blockbuster, mega hit, multi million, super hero save the world kind of a summer! I was at the movies with my oldest son Cole (AKA…ColeTrain, Train) last week and we saw trailers for The Avengers, Bat Man and Spider Man.  My family, also known as […]

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