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Good Critical Thinking:  Do Try This at Home “A good critical thinker always asks where the author is coming from, and why.” That was good advice from one of my recent “Family Studies” professors, as he urged us to carefully examine the research studies we were analyzing....

Diane Robertson In 2013 California made it legally possible for children to have more than two parents. More states will surely follow suit. The diversity-in-family-structure-loving-liberals think this is enlightened. They’re working hard to bring society out of the dark ages of Married mother and father families...

Nathalie BowmanAudrey was a happy go lucky child with a vivid imagination and loved making other people happy. She had dreams and talents galore-or at least she thought she did. As she grew up, she began to focus on the things she liked most. She...

by Joseph Moore One night after arriving home from a school dance, I found my parents watching old movies together on the couch. As soon as they heard me come through the door, they moved to the kitchen to listen to my stories and adventures of...

(2 of 3 in a Series of Entrepreneurial Adventure) by Rebecca Mallory It's been two weeks since you started your own business, right? Or perhaps you've been waiting patiently for the "how to's" in launching your teen into entrepreneurial success. You're in luck, because today, we're...

Diane Robertson In a speech at Independence Hall on the Fourth of July, Vice President, Joe Biden, declared that gay marriage is “the civil rights issue of our day”, stating that it is, ”clear that you should be able to marry whoever you love — period.” Accusing...

Nathalie Bowman (This is the third in a three part series: Introduction, Part 1, Part 2) For years there was a huge chasm in my marriage called parenting. Any time my husband and I would discuss discipline, behavior issues, or how to change our family culture and...

Emily Bleazard America is based upon the principle of equality. We all want to be treated with the same respect as the next person. The feminist movement stemmed from that pure idea of equality and yet society holds such a negative attitude towards feminism. Generally, Americans...

Samantha Anderson When my grandpa, Leland, was 10 years-old, sugar was hard to come by, so sweets were particularly special.  On one occasion, Leland was left alone while his parents were preparing to entertain company.  Seizing this opportunity, he decided to make fudge in order to...

Diane Robertson Monday morning in the west, we awoke to the good news that the Supreme Court actually sided with Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood!! These companies and other companies that can show “closely held” religious beliefs can opt out of the HHS contraceptive mandate. A...

Nathalie Bowman   (Note: this is the second in a three part series. Click Here for the introduction of Living Love, and here for Part 1: It starts with you)   Have you ever driven on the freeway through pelting rain? Where I live, it doesn't rain like that...

Roseann Salanitri on June 25, 2014 in Faith & Family,   Last year I wrote an article entitled “Resurrecting Sodom”[i]. In it I chronicled seven events in our nation’s history that I believed were leading us down a path that would end at Sodom’s front door. The advent of Common Core...

Rebecca Mallory You've heard it said a million times: "There are two kinds of people. Those who make it happen and those who sit back and watch it happen." That is so true! I asked some people this past week what they would love to see...

Diane Robertson We live in an age of entitlement. People believe they are owed things by the government or others. Unfortunately, we live in an age where the government typically agrees with this attitude of entitlement. Regardless of the desires and convictions of anyone else, many...

Nathalie Bowman "Mommy, let's paint it purple!" my daughter exclaimed as we were playing at a school playground on a Saturday morning. She handed me an imaginary paintbrush and pointed to where I should paint. Together, we "painted" the metal bars. We were princesses, painting our...

Jennifer and her boyfriend had lived together for more than four years before they were married. She and her husband had a lavish wine-country wedding. The wedding was attended by the couple’s friends, families, and two dogs. Less than a year later, she was looking...

Holly King Mom and Dad loved getting to know our friends, and in the case of my sisters and me, they especially liked getting to know the boys we were spending time with. Oftentimes, my dad would offer summer jobs to our friends. My dad owns a...

"Policy makers and the media are doing no favors either to the public or the transgendered by treating their confusions as a right in need of defending rather than as a mental disorder that deserves understanding, treatment and prevention."  Now that's the statement of a...

Diane Robertson President Obama announced plans Monday to sign an executive order that would add homosexuality and transgender as a protected class for the employees of federal contractors. With ENDA stalled in the House, the President decided to act unilaterally to make this part of the law....

Nathalie Bowman Think about the last time you were out and about in a public place, perhaps at the grocery store, park, mall, library, church, museum….. Did you notice any mothers and their children? What were these families doing? What were the interactions like between mother...

Maddi Gillel In her story, “The Invisible Woman”, Nicole Johnson likens the mother’s role to that of the builders of the great cathedrals. She reminds us that those builders made great sacrifices to build a cathedral ‘they would never see finished.’ Though their individual efforts were...

Rebecca Mallory I don't understand art. I mean real art. I can look at the Mona Lisa or a Rembrandt and think it is beautiful and interesting, but I marvel that a piece could cost millions of dollars.  I realize it's my own ignorance, and you...

Diane Robertson Fatherhood is noble. Despite the fact that popular movies tend to make fathers out to be stupid or incapable, mothers, children, and society need fathers. Mothers need fathers present. When I had my first baby it did not take me long to realize just how...

Nathalie Bowman Yesterday morning, as we were getting ready for church, my three-year-old daughter climbed up onto the counter in the bathroom where I was putting on my lipstick. In her sweet little voice, she told me her lips were dry, and before I knew it,...