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7 Foods to Boost Your Mood

As we enter the October/November/December months, it's the perfect time to think about our health and make some eating decisions before the onslaught of tasty treats comes our way! You know what I mean, right?  October brings Halloween candy into my home.  November...

Wearing Earbuds – Sorry I Don’t Want to Talk

Do your kids wear earbuds sometimes? Wearing earbuds can be a physical symbol that communicates, "I'm busy. Please don't talk to me." Yes, there are good uses for earbuds, but wearing them can become a bad habit for kids (and adults!). Instead of talking to family...

Kids addicted to Fortnite?

Has your child played hours and hours of Fortnite this summer?  If so, he or she isn't alone.  More than 125 million people are playing.  How can you tell if your child is addicted? Find out in today's Facebook Live chat. Each week, I'll be doing a Facebook Live chat...

Podcast: Dr. Tim Johanson on the Black Hole of Technology

Download the podcast on iTunes or listen here: It's my honor to have Dr. Tim Johanson on the podcast this month.  This is one interview I need to memorize as much as possible because Dr. Johanson compelling medical reasons why technology should be a huge concern to us...

Arlene airing on Focus on the Family today

Could you use some practical parenting advice?  Whether your child is currently thriving or struggling, you will find encouragement in today's episode of Focus on the Family.   I am beyond honored to be a broadcast guest today.  Talking with Jim Daly and John Fuller...

God is Smarter and Stronger

I saw a t-shirt the other day that read, "My Coffee Needs Coffee." If we're counting on coffee or personal confidence to get us through the day, we won't get too far for too long.  Instead we must count on the God of Israel who never sleeps! Today in my Proverbs 31...

Arlene on Focus on the Family August 13

Years ago, before my first book was every published, I told a dear friend my dream: Someday, I would like to be on Focus on the Family.  It seemed like a very far fetched, crazy, pie-in-the-sky dream for sure. How amazing that God has brought this dream to pass and...

When Isolation is Actually Good

I’ve been going to a neighborhood spin class for more than 13 years now.  In class today, my instructor yelled, “ISOLATE!” What did she mean by that? Did she want me to go back home and sit alone in my room?  No, of course not (although that would have been nice!)....

Back to School

This morning, the breakfast table was strangely quiet. Just three years ago, my three kids sat around the breakfast table in a beehive of activity and chatter.  Then when my oldest went to middle school (which started one hour before elementary school), that left my...

Dealing with Your Imperfections

I'm pleased to offer you this guest post from my friend, author Kelly Balarie.  She has a new book out, Battle Ready: Train Your Mind to Conquer Challenges, Defeat Doubt, and Live Victoriously.  Here's Kelly in her own words (I think you'll be able to relate!): This...

Teaching Your Kids About Christ’s Coming

A special shout out to my friends from Proverbs 31 Ministries!  Thanks for stopping by. We know how to talk about Christmas with our kids, but maybe it's harder to explain the coming of Christ again!  Yet the Bible has much to say about the return of Christ and urges...

Podcast: Dr. Kathy Koch Part 2 on Screens, Kids and Teens

                Download the podcast on iTunes or listen here: Most of us don't think,  "I feel so close to my children now that they have phones or their own iPads." The ever presence of screens has eroded quality time in many...