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08
Feb
2012

Raise Your Kid To Be A Quitter!

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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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santavsjesus

As you examine your life, is there more evidence for the existence of Santa Clause than there is for the existence of Jesus? Has “Jesus is the reason” has been exchanged for “Santa is the reason”? When you look in the mirror do you see evidence of an imbalanced focus on Santa? So if I […]

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21
Nov
2011

Are You A Hokey Pokey Parent!!?!

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When I was a “tween”, one of my favorite things in the whole world was to go to SkateLand Skate Center in Duncanville, Tx!! That’s right baby!  I would put on my double reinforced knee tough skins.   I would slide on my v-neck velour shirt and securely fasten my “old skool”  lucky rabbits foot to […]

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05
Sep
2011

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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27
Jul
2011

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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22
Jun
2011

How to Handle Sibling Fights

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Can I just say, “I AM DONE WITH SIBLING FIGHTS”?!?!? It seems like every time I turn around my two boys are arguing and fighting.  I am sure that my kids are the only ones that do this, but several months ago while Team Sprad was snowboarding,  my two boys got in a huge fight!  […]

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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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11
Apr
2011

Let’s Talk about Sex

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Several years ago my wife had what I call installment #1 of “The Sex Talk” with my youngest son; it went something like this… Jodie: Do you know where babies come from? Tifton: Duh, Mom.  You push them out of your bottom. (He isn’t referring to the correct part of the bottom… you know boys.) […]

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My name is Chris Spradlin and it is truly an honor to write for Family Matters!  Thanks FM team for the opportunity and trust to speak into your readers lives.  So just a little about me…I’m bald, have a “chin-hawk”, live in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, love peanut butter chocolate spinach smoothies, am madly in love […]

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