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FAMILY LIFE

Information for: parents, men/women, college age, teens, children, finances, pornography, single parents, abortion, divorce and much more.
This is the home of one of the nation's most listened to radio program, "Focus on the Family".


Includes info on marriage, parenting, singles, life issues, devotionals for couples and families, more.

Many modern and up to date articles about families, parents, couples, and singles. Featuring Dennis and Barbara Rainey.

Here you will find articles relating to Marriage and Family from a Biblical perspective and also answers to questions asked by email correspondents.

Explore one of God's greatest miracles, LIFE... in this fresh, attractive presentation. Learn about the development of babies, and more, with answers to frequently-asked-questions, like: "Is the unborn human less than human at any stage?", "Doesn't a woman have the right to control her own body?", "Is abortion justifiable in case of rape or incest?", and many more.

"FamilyStyle is a resource newsletter that addresses major topics, such as: Marriage-Saver Resources, Family Interaction Ideas, Couple Dialogue Resources, Advocacy News, Book and Video Reviews, and Recovery Issues." Read the archive issues of this relevant and timely newsletter produced by the Church of The Nazarene.

I am sure you have questions, here are some answers: Parenting, Discipline, Teens, Entertainment Media, Marriage, Divorce, Sexuality, Homosexuality, Abortion-Pro Life, Authority, Finances, Depression.

This article and the whole web site is written about and written by ex-witches. That is, ex-witches who became Christians. They have a ministry to lead witches to new freedom in Christ and also to teach Christians about the actual beliefs and rituals of witches. There are many things about witches that I didn't know and some that I thought I knew but where wrong. This is very interesting and important info for our Christian faith.

Articles to uplift our families so we can walk straight. The articles are written by many of the broadcaster from Salem Communications radio shows.

"There are many homes which can never be wholesome until some radical changes take place in the home structure. It would be foolish to try to build a house in a swamp on straw bales. And it is just as foolish to think we can build godly homes on the values commonly accepted in Western culture. If in Christian homes we find straw bales in the foundation, we cannot correct the problem by hiring some interior decorator to counsel us on paint. The foundation needs help first."

"These Inspirational Family Poems and Parenting Poems are favorites. Why not pretend you’re at a trendy café about to enjoy a poetry reading. Got your tissues handy? Now, grab a cup of cappuccino, relax in a comfy chair, think about the words, and feel the emotions."

"Christian Book" offers many books about marriage, parenting and home life. This link will take you to the Bestsellers.

A great site that offers inspirational quotations, e-mailed to you each day. They will lift you up and get you moving. We enjoy this one daily, also.






PARENTING

Does your child have behavior problems? Your relationship with your child likely needs some attention. Also, the are many other pages on WebMD.

Christianity Today's web site is filled with many articles which should educate and encourage today's parents.

Devotions and articles for Christian parents, with Dennis and Barbara Rainey.

"Advice for parents for building happy and healthy families. Tips for parent to help your children have good self esteem and to be as self sufficient, smart and confident as possible so they can reach their individual potential."
Includes 'Family Counselors and Therapist Parenting Advice' and 'Parent to Parent' Advice. Lots of topics and ideas.

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"Straight Ahead Ministries primary focus is working with incarcerated juvenile offenders. Over the last sixteen years of working with at-risk youth, we have come to understand many of the pressures bearing on teens today and how they can disrupt even the best of intentions of parents. We offer you a compilation of information on parenting teens."

These articles are not Christian in general, but the topics and authors are so vast that you could probably glean out some useful information.

"I figure later in life, no one will pay them for simply getting out of bed, unless they're supermodels." "I'm trying to instill responsible money habits in my three kids, and something a relative said has lodged in my mind...." A good article on Yahoo, by Laura Rowley.

There are many facets to being a parent. On any given day we have to discipline our kids, hug our kids, organize them, coach them, love them, teach them, and so many other things. The Bible says that children are a blessing. These articles and resources will encourage and inspire you as you take your journey through parenthood.


By Dr. James Dobson / Tyndale House

Although the principles on which it is based are timeless, The New Dare to Discipline is revised and expanded to address parenting in today's modern context. Dobson offers to his readers his game plan and philosophy for parents to understand their children. Dobson believes the principles of love and control must be in balance to facilitate healthy development in children. Dobson's child rearing philosophy is rooted in the Judeo-Christian system of values. Also included in this book are a question and answer section and drug survey information.


By Tim Kimmel / Thomas Nelson / W

Dr. Kimmel offers a revolutionary concept that focuses on the model and guidance provided by God the Father -the ultimate childand family expert. This is not another manual full of impossible standards; rather it is a new map for learning to see ourselves and our children through God's limitless tenderness-to raise our kids the way God raises us. This thoughtful, profound, and compassionate book presents a truly liberating way to nurture a healthy family. As we embrace the grace He offers, we begin to give it-creating a sound foundation for growing morally strong and spiritually motivated children.


By Dr. James Dobson / Tyndale House

America's most trusted family-life expert has completely rewritten and updated his classic bestseller. Parents and teachers will find practical advice on how to handle difficult children in the home and the classroom, including guidance on sibling rivalry, ADHD, and low self-esteem. Includes new illustrations, stories, research, and statistics; questions and answers; and a topical index. 270 pages, hardcover from Tyndale.

Choose from a variety of high-quality diapers at low prices - for babies and adults.

 


Click on this link if you want to feel better about yourself. This little humourous link uses flattery to build up your self esteem. And it works. Who doesn't like to be told how wonderful they are, even if it is shallow and insincere. We all like to be appreciated and loved. We like to be told out loud, not just assumed.

And of course this applies even more with our own families. Our kids need to be told, out loud, that they are wonderful, worthy, appreciated and loved people. Our spouse needs to hear how amazing, intelligent, good-looking and sweet they are, and why we still love them. Our parents need to hear that they did a great job of raising us and we appreciate all of the sacrifices they made for us. I think it's OK to exagerate a little, with out telling downright lies (they would see through that or suspect something).

Go, right now, and tell them how wonderful and amazing they are. Don't wait another minute, or something will distract you and the opportunity will fade away. Remember how it felt when you clicked on the link above. Do it to those you love most, make them feel great.







FAMILY HEALTH

WebMD includes any and all health topics, written by expert Doctors.

More WebMD, includes: vaccine schedule, healthy meals, obesity, potty training.

"Welcome to MedlinePlus, a goldmine of good health information from the world's largest medical library, the National Library of Medicine. Health professionals and consumers alike can depend on it for information that is authoritative and up to date. MedlinePlus has extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 700 diseases and conditions. There are also lists of hospitals and physicians, a medical encyclopedia and a medical dictionary, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials. MedlinePlus is updated daily and can be bookmarked at the URL: medlineplus.gov. There is no advertising on this site, nor does MedlinePlus endorse any company or product."

If you don't know where to turn to, it might be here. This site has many hotlines concerning family matters. Go to the bottom of the page.


By Edited by Paul Reisser / Tyndale House

From the name you trust comes everything you need to take an active role in improving your family's health and well-being! Emphasizing the prevention of illness rather than the treatment of diseases, this easy-to-understand resource is filled with current medical information, charts, illustrations, expansive sidebars, detailed directions, reflection questions, and practical action steps. Indispensable! Approx. 1000 pages, hardcover from Tyndale.

"This service exists for one reason, and one reason only. The founders are tired of reading stories about missing 9 and 10 year old children killed by registered sex offenders, and decided to do something about it. They invite you to use their free service to locate registered sex offenders in your area. You just enter an address or zip code, and they will show a map. You can click on the squares that appear, and see photos (where available), addresses, and convictions. Unfortunately, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont do not currently provide addresses for registered sex offenders. Consequently, we are unable to provide adequate or meaningful information about sex offenders located in these states."







FAMILY ACTIVITIES

"This morning I glanced at my schedule for the coming weekend. Four baseball games and two birthday parties dominate the landscape, along with a list of household chores and errands longer than any one man should have to face. And these are supposed to be my days off!"
"The Bible says that children are a reward from the Lord (Psalm 127). I have certainly found that to be true. But I've also found that the fuller my quiver gets, the harder it is to find the time to give each child the attention they need and deserve."
"Can you relate? If so, here are ten things I do to develop my relationships with my kids, in spite of a hectic schedule."
An article on www.familylife.com by Dave Klassen with Glen Hoos.

Ways to encourage our children to study wildlife, in your own backyard. It helps them see God's love for us in nature.


It's strange that many American children know the animals of Africa, but not the birds of their own land. Introduce your kids to the American robin, and they'll have a friend to enjoy forever.

A nice story about what kids learn from nature. Because our culture has changed, kids don't get out much, so it's up the parents to take them where they can experience nature.

Parenting Tips for Christian Families, from Toddlers to Teens. Has a wide range of activities for each age group.

"Create a unique website for you and your family with a variety of features that are available at the tip of your fingers." This looks like fun. You can create a website which is all about your family and designed by your family. You can put on pictures, journals, family news and events. A good way to keep in touch with an expanding family. Grand parents could have fun, also. Check it out.

"We are a free E-Card site where we provide free E-Cards for Good Friday and other religious occasions at Good Friday Cards."

including: Research Ideas, Computer and Internet Research, History and others

All of these printables are free to anyone who wishes to use them, they are FREE, no strings attached. All sorts of attractive graphics.

·Craft Clubs - Choose from 3, 6, and 12 month subscription kits as well as Christian and non-Christian based kits. Pay monthly or prepay for the best deal. Your child will receive a total of 1- 4 craft kits each month. Each monthly shipment contains enough unique crafts to keep your child entertained once a week. Great for your home, home school, daycare, or school!
·Sticker Club – Only $20 for a full year of mail! That’s 50 stickers each month for less than $2/month! Kids love to get mail and they are constantly reminded of who gave this gift to them. That’s at least 12 thank yous for a mere $20. Fun and Easy Crafts Company is committed to delivering quality craft projects at an affordable price. If you are ever unsatisfied with your purchase simply contact us and we will make things right. Our mission is to help families spend more time together engaging in craft activities that are fun, educational, and easy. We do this by providing affordable arts and crafts projects directly to your door with easy to read instructions. Fun and Easy Crafts Company is a Christian based business. "Integrity and honesty are our core values."

Remember those Ant Farms we had when we were kids. Well, they still have them, but now we have choices. There is the old original Ant Farm, a NASA Space Age Ant Farm, a Village, and a Connectable. Watch as these hard working critters burrow underground to create an amazing network of subterranean tunnels. We love this stuff.
And they also have kits to grow butterflies, Ladybugs, Dragonflies, Frogs, and of course Sea Monkeys.

Have fun raising those beautiful insects. You can buy kits with everything you need, but if you are more adventurous and energetic, you can do it yourself. The article tells you where to look for butterfly eggs, how to raise the caterpillars and what to keep them in. An old jar still works. Lots of fun in the summertime.


Full color, giant wild animal wall decals for the playroom, den, kids rooms, wherever! Create whole jungle scenes or compliment your existing decor. Easy to apply and remove. High-quality artwork, huge selection.

Unusual and hard-to-find toys and games for kids.
They entertain and educate at the same time.

- Parent's Choice Award Winning Wooden Gifts and Toys.

Compassion International. Sponsor a child online through Compassion's Christian child sponsorship ministry. Search for a child by age, gender, country, birthday, special needs and more.

e-Books, Information about many diverse subjects.






JUST THE TWO OF YOU

Devotions and articles for Christian couples, with Dennis and Barbara Rainey.

This is not a happy article, but it takes on the subject with courage. When God gave marrieds the gift of sex, he was not handing them a toy. He was entrusting them with nitroglycerin that even within marriage must be handled with holy fear.

The following relationship advice will help you minimize marriage problems and avoid being a divorce statistic.

Stripping away the plastic love of romantic fiction and fairy tales to find the genuine article. The more we fantasize about an unreal person, the harder it will be for us to relate to our real flesh and blood spouse.

To educate, edify and minister to those seeking God's best for their marriage relationship. Whether you are just starting out, have some problems, or just want to improve an already good love life, we offer information and resources on many areas of sexuality and marriage enrichment.

"When God created man and woman, He created them to complement each other. God formed woman to round out man's incompleteness, so that physically, socially, emotionally, intellectually, and even spiritually, male and female would not be rivals, but mates."


By Dr. Emerson Eggerichs / Integrity Publishers

Discover the secret that cracks the communication code between husbands and wives-and reap the benefits of marriage as God intended. Citing extensive biblical and psychological research, Eggerichs shows that harmony and happiness in relationships is not achieved by love alone, but by building on both parts of the Ephesians 5:33 equation-love and respect.





SINGLES

"There is nothing ordinary about non-marital sex; it has no normal qualities. When you are sleeping with a guy you just picked up at a bar, you are not bringing your whole self to him; you inevitably dissemble, hiding the fact that you had a lousy week at work, hiding the fact that your sister screamed at you and you are fragile."An amazing, straightforward discussion with Lauren Winner about sex and singles. You have got to read this.

Many articles dealing with the issues that singles face. Includes: Loneliness, Pressures, Sexuality, Dating and much more.

“Marry in haste; repent in leisure,” is a saying laced with alarming possibilities. Even more terrifying is the possibility of too hastily presuming that our views on divorce and remarriage are of God. One person's viewpoint.

Up to date and positive, these articles will uplift any single.

What does it take to experience real intimacy with someone? What is love? What is intimacy?


By Kate McVeigh / Harrison House

Don't wait on your mate--Start fulfilling the vision God has given you! The world seems to offer only two popular perceptions about living single--
  • you live an unfulfilled life of misery and silent desperation
  • you have not grown up and are having too much fun to make a real commitment We all know that these are blatant misconceptions, but when repeated over and over they can take a toll on our self-esteem and sense of purpose. In Single and Loving It, Kate McVeigh reminds you that your life, far from being incomplete, is full of opportunities for incredible joy, high achievement, and most importantly, becoming an explosive force for God. McVeigh reveals the five secrets for realizing your God-given dreams and why pursuing them won't allow you to feel sorry for yourself--there's too much to be done! So are you single--AND loving it? When you allow God to rekindle your dreams and your faith, your answer will be a resounding YES!







  • FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT










    Less of a "should you or shouldn't you" site and more focused on questions to consider when you watch.

    Another site to get reviews from a Christian perspective. Tends to be a bit more conservative.


    The purpose of this site is to provide thoughtful evaluation of current films from a Christian perspective. Not conservative in general.


    These are not necessarily family friendly flicks. You must use you own judgement when selecting.

    A great source for: Veggie Connection, Jesus is my Superhero, Who is the Lord, and Shout praises for kids. All children's products.







    INTERNET SAFETY

    Some great internet safety tips, which should be explained to all kids by their parents.

    A very comprehensive and interesting article from the FBI.

    "There are three types of adult Web sites on the Internet. The first type of adult site tries to operate in a responsible manner... The second category of adult sites doesn't know any better... The third type is the most dangerous... " Read this article.

    Safe Email for KidsSafe email for kids means different things to different parents. Here's a checklist of features to help you choose a solution.







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