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When your kids graduate High School and head to college, how do you know that you have been successful as a parent? Have you been successful if… Your kids decide to sport a WWJD bracelet at college Your son is awarded a full ride scholarship in wrestling (gotta love those wrestling outfits!!) Your daughter graduates […]

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Don’t Forget to Have Fun!

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I live in a world where I am constantly thinking, dreaming, and trying to crank out content to help parents be the best parents on the face of the planet. I love teaching mom and dad how to invest in their kids, earn respect, talk about sex, guard their kid’s heart, protect them on Facebook, […]

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voice of God

I am the proud father of three kiddos.  I have a 13 year old son, 12 year old daughter and then there is my 10 year old.  His name is Tifton Jack Spradlin, AKA The Jack Hammer, and let me just say that he is one of the most unique, different, march to the beat […]

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Do you take work with you to bed? On weekends? On vacation? Do you work more than 40 hours a week? Do you believe that it is okay to work long hours if you love what you are doing? Have your long hours hurt your family or other relationships? Do you prioritize cleaning, laundry and […]

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Family Meeting

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One of my favorite shows on television is The E Channel’s era based shows.  I am particularly fond of “Remember The 80’s”; I love this one because I am a product of this Flock of Seagulls hair wearing, parachute pants sporting generation.  I wish I still had those pants, my kids would love them! My […]

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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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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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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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{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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