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22
Aug
2017

I remember the first year of being a dad. The late nights, the diaper changing, the shift in habits and time management, the sheer cost of children—it was both exciting and overwhelming. I heard about all of this stuff and been warned, so although it was craziness, it was not particularly surprising. Something did surprise […]

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This post is an excerpt from the book Basic Training for a Few Good Men, by Dr. Tim Kimmel. ******************************************************************************************** I stood on the edge of the floating memorial spanning the deck of the USS Arizona and tried to imagine how horrifying it must have been that Sunday morning back in 1941 when the Japanese fighter […]

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Family Matters, Grace Filled Marriage, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Grace Based parenting

“It’s been more than four decades since my wife, Darcy, and I recited the classic wedding vows. Since that time, we’ve often found ourselves as part of an audience listening to some other couple repeating those same words. It’s amazing how differently those words hit us now than they did back then. Decades of marital […]

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Grace based parenting, family matters, karis kimmel murray, digital age, parenting

Parenting has always been tough. But technology, social media and the virtual space have added nuance and complexity to the job of raising kids. Our generation, born in the 70’s and 80’s, had front row seats to the rise of the digital age. We’re probably the only generation of people who’ve actually used both a […]

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Grace Filled marriage, Dr. Tim Kimmel

Everyone wants to raise successful kids, but we often forget that it starts with our marriages. Having a healthy marriage is one of the most potent tools for raising successful kids. That’s why Family Matters provides teaching and resources for couples to strengthen and invest in their marriages. Ways to help: Find out more about […]

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Body Image, How to talk to your kids about fitness, Karis Murray, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Grace Based Parenting, Healthy

  I’ve written before about body image and the important role that both fathers and mothers play in helping to form a healthy body image in their children. We have an important responsibility as parents to keep a healthy body image and therefore transfer that healthy body image to our kids. Mostly, how we feel […]

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03
Aug
2015

A Way with Words

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Sonia Cleverly, Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting, Grace Filled Marriage, Bible Verses, Quotes, Advice, Teaching, Guiding, Words

  I love, love, love words.  I love to read them, speak them, think about them, analyze them, and put them together.  I love the precision of some of them.  Discovering a word that has the most perfect meaning for a feeling, a sound, a situation – utter felicity!   When I was teaching I know […]

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20
Jul
2015

Imagine being forced to wear your shoes on the opposite feet all the time. Or what if you always had to dress in clothing that was too small for you? You would have ongoing discomfort. It might not be enough to stop you in your tracks, but it would certainly keep you off your game. […]

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Darcy Kimmel, Family Matters, Grace Filled Marriage, Grace Based Parenting, Dr. Tim Kimmel

Many years ago, we had a consultant come to help us do some strategic planning at Family Matters. As he walked us through some next steps and big picture tactics, he also taught us a great lesson on keeping our priorities straight. In fact, he drove his point home with a great illustration.   He […]

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Grace Based Parenting, Inside Out

  I can be pretty rough as a parent. I could blame it on my childhood, learning to be tough as I played with boys older and bigger than me. I could blame it on a lack of examples of men who themselves were able to show emotions appropriately. But I know that I am […]

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