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Now that school is out, Summer can also be known for the time of year families move. While long distance moves can be full of logistical details, all of that can pale in comparison to shepherding your kids through the emotional challenges of pulling up (and laying down) roots. Whether you’re moving across town or […]

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The thrill of Summer, don’t you remember it?! That giddy feeling of not having to study for three whole months and the promise of no schedules. (Yeah remember when summer break was from Memorial Day until after Labor Day?)  Days of sleeping in a bit, staying up late, sleepovers on weekdays, outdoor exploration, video games […]

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Teachers play a vital role in developing each one of us in and outside of the traditional classroom. We have all been shaped and molded by the help of a “teacher” at some point in our lives. We gathered some quotes for you to use during Teacher Appreciation Week and encourage you to write that special […]

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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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Dear Parents, Now more than ever, there are endless opportunities vying for our kids’ time. School and homework is enough to fill a schedule, let alone sports, clubs and extra-curricular activities. As a veteran mom and a youth group leader, I’m writing this open letter to plead with parents to prioritize church youth group for your […]

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Family Matters is proud to present a NEW BOOK, Grace Based Discipline: How to Be at Your Best When Your Kids are at Their Worst by Karis Kimmel Murray. If you’re a parent who’s ever scratched your head wondering how to discipline your kids with grace, this book is the practical help you’ve been waiting […]

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25
Jan
2016
Grace based parenting, Motherhood

  I saw your stilettos as soon as they entered the room. I was hunched over trying to retrieve my two year old from under someone else’s chair. I could not help but notice the mulch from the playground stuck to the bottom of my dirty tennis shoes.   I sat up and took notice […]

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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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21
Aug
2015

As the World Goes to Pot

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pot, marijuana, Family Matters, Dr. Tim Kimmel

  If things at street level keep proceeding on their present course, we’ll soon be raising our kids in a world that sees smoking pot on par with having a glass of wine with dinner.   When you add to this the fact that …   some of the most popular music videos now leave […]

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29
Jul
2015

Teens & Texting

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Grace Based Parenting, Listening

Texting, Kiking, Oovooing, or whatever the latest version is, my kids enjoy these apps that allow them to text or talk to their friends. This digital age we live in has new challenges for parents. A wise person told me that the church often calls things “yucky” and spits them out entirely. This could be […]

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