Business and Marriage – Making it Work – MBFLP 198

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Have you ever thought about “coming home” from the corporate world and running a family business? A lot of homeschooling families dream about that day … but we found there are some surprising discoveries when your mate is now your business partner and co-worker!

This episode, Hal and Melanie sit down with their friends Larry and Sue Pruett of Side-by-Side Business, to talk about work-life balance, homeschooling while running a business, and what all four of us learned in the transition from 9-t0-5 life to working from home with our spouses!

LINKS AND RESOURCES

Learn more about Larry and Sue Pruett’s family business journey at Side-By-Side Business

Ancient Paths Christian Bookstore

The Kanban work management tool, TRELLO – trello.com 

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Adulting – MBFLP 197

Studies are showing that high school seniors are less prepared for independent adult life than their parents and grandparents were, and psychologists are saying “Twenty-five is the new fifteen.” Does it have to be that way? Can’t we raise teens who are ready to step into grown up life? What are some practical steps for teaching adult skills? This episode, we look at “adulting” and how to get kids on track for responsibility – and success – as grownups!

 

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Escaping the Endless Adolescence (Joseph and Claudia Allen)

The Vanishing American Adult (Ben Sasse)

 


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Love and Sickness – MBFLP 196

 

 

To love and to cherish … in sickness and in health

For most of us, getting married at our healthy young-adult peak, the thought of life-rattling sickness is just a theoretical thing … most of us haven’t suffered more than an annual flu or a sprained ankle. Yet living in a fallen world, we can count on encountering an injury, a serious illness, or some other medical issue that calls us to account for that promise. How do we show love in sickness – whether our mate’s the one under the weather, or we are?

We’ve been there (both of us) so join us for a full episode of reasons to show extra love – and ideas how to make it work – when there’s sickness in the family!

 



Protecting Your Kids from Predators – MBFLP 195

Just when you thought the rise in sexual abuse of kids couldn’t get more horrifying, recent news has been full of the trials and convictions of Dr. Larry Nassar, the former team physician for Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics – the oversight organization for the U.S. Olympic gymnastics program. Over 150 women and girls have testified how he molested them in the context of sports medical treatment – for over twenty years, in spite of reports and appeals to supervisors and authorities. It’s horrific … but we need to learn from the revelations how we can better protect our own children from this sort of abuse. Warning about “stranger danger” and us simply being there are not enough in today’s climate of rampant abuse. This episode, we talk about important practical steps we can take to combat the new wave of abuse … even from persons in positions of trust.

RESOURCES WE MENTIONED

Get our package of articles, workshops, and podcasts to teach and protect your children’s sexual purity

Check out our book for single guys!
Love, Honor, and Virtue – Gaining or Regaining a Biblical Attitude Toward Sexuality

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Have A Great Mid-life Crisis – MBFLP 194

“Is midlife crisis even a real thing?”

The question arose in a Christian forum recently, and it’s a valid concern. Should we just expect something to go bad when we turn 40, and brace ourselves for a time of existential grief and self-searching? Or is it just a worldly excuse for a spin of self-indulgence once the kids are in high school? We’d say no to both ideas – that there are normal times of transition and reflection in our lives, but they’re times of opportunity and advance. This episode, we’ll talk about how to make the most of your midlife transition without making a fool of yourself!



Why Do You Have SO Many Children? – MBFLP 193

Only one out of five American families has more than two kids. If you’re in that 20%, you’ve probably been asked why – or if you’re in the 80%, you might have posed the question yourself! We have eight kids, and we’ve been asked – this episode, we talk about why a couple of average Baptists decided having a big family wasn’t a bad idea after all!

 


Dealing with Parental Guilt – MBFLP 192

A recent study reported that parents experience 23 “pangs of guilt” every week about their parenting decisions. Surely we’re not all ruining our children, destroying the planet, and failing in every regard. So what can we do about nagging guilt feelings as Mom or Dad? This episode we talk about real guilt, false guilt, and how to deal with both kinds Biblically!

“THE ‘GUILTY TRUTH’: New Research Reveals Top Reasons for Parental Guilt”, PR Newswire (by Farm Rich), 9/13/17

 

 

Talking About the Movies – MBFLP 191

This episode, we open up about several of the big releases in the theaters right now – and share some principles we use for evaluating entertainment through a Biblical lens for our family! Join us as we look at Darkest Hour, Murder on the Orient Express, The Greatest Showman, and The Last Jedi, with a different approach for thumbs-up or -down.

Some Other Resources You Might Appreciate

How we score the media …

Our blog reviews on …

Murder on the Orient Express

The Greatest Showman

Darkest Hour



Christmas and Convictions – MBFLP 190

For a holiday in the church calendar, it’s amazing how many opinions and practices and scruples Christians have about celebrating Christ’s birth! This week we start from a friend’s question about Christmas trees and look at the underlying issues of Christian liberty, conscience, grace, and the gospel. Join us for this timely and practical look at Christmas and convictions!


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When Your Kids Make You Angry – MBFLP 189

We all have to deal with it – there are days when the kids drive us crazy, or even, just one kid pushes us a little too far. What do you do when the anger rises? How do you deal with mad feelings? Is it okay to express our frustration … or should we bury it instead? This episode, we’re talking about anger and what we do with this powerful emotion …