Dear Barbara: How Can I Help My Children Learn Better Manners While We Are Quarantined?

By Barbara Rainey | April 20, 2020 | 4 Comments

  Dear Barbara: I remember reading about an etiquette dinner. We are planning one for our kids who are ages 10,8,4, and 2. Where do you suggest a list of manners to learn? I love this question because this mom recognizes an important part of child development; teaching kindness and respect for others using the […]

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Soul Care (Part Two)

By Barbara Rainey | January 27, 2020 | 8 Comments

“The human soul longs for things higher, warmer, and purer.” Alexander Solzhenitsyn “To become ourselves is to enjoy God in alignment with the way He created us to be.” Crossway Devotional Psalter Once upon a time, a group of missionaries serving in Africa in the 1800s hired local villagers as porters, who knew the land […]

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Soul Care (Part One)

By Barbara Rainey | January 20, 2020 | 8 Comments

Dear Barbara: How do I care for myself as a woman and mom? I’m curious to hear your thoughts on self-care and self-development which seems to be the thing right now. Thanks, Amanda I’m delighted to attempt a reply because this is a topic I’ve been thinking about for a long time, but especially in […]

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Dear Barbara: How Do I Not Resent My Husband?

By Barbara Rainey | May 13, 2019 | 9 Comments

Dear Barbara, Your words were wonderful to read tonight as I just got into a fight with my husband because I feel he does not appreciate all that I do and gives no help at all with our daughter, while I am expecting a second child. After reading your post, I just realized that I […]

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Dear Barbara: What About Santa?

By Barbara Rainey | December 3, 2018 | 26 Comments

Dear Barbara, How should our family handle the popular tradition of Santa? I know Christmas is about Jesus, so is it wrong to talk about Santa too? Like many of you, Dennis and I kept our favorite childhood holiday traditions alive as we began growing our new little family: Santa, cookie recipes, all white lights […]

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