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Time for a Radical Sabbatical

April 3, 2015
Are you feeling overwhelmed with busyness? If so, you'll want to hear about the radical steps one over-extended mother took to step out of the rat race and refocus on her family. Author Joanne Kraft talks about some of the fun family field trips they took and her favorite family memories from their relaxing and rejuvenating year off.

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Remember time-outs? Have you ever wished there were time-outs for families—time away from all the to-do lists generated by our culture and more freedom to do what you really want? Recovering too-busy mom Joanne Kraft recalls the day when she and her husband decided their family was going to take a year off from all sports and extracurricular activities to spend more time together. Find out how they benefitted from a slower pace of life, and how you can do the same.
April 2, 2015
“Mom, what is divorce?” “Dad, what does 'homosexual' mean?” “Mom, did you and Dad have sex before you got married?” Our kids are going to throw some tough questions our way. Will you be prepared to answer? Biblical counselor Elyse Fitzpatrick and her daughter Jessica Thompson help you answer these challenging questions and more.
April 1, 2015
Kids love asking questions, as any parent knows. But answers aren't always easy to come by. Mother-daughter duo Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson know that parents can be nervous about giving kids a wrong answer. So they teamed up to answer some of the most challenging questions for parents like, “What happens when we die?” “What is suicide?” and “Why does God allow natural disasters?”
March 31, 2015
Jessica Thompson knew deep down she wasn't a Christian. Her mother, biblical counselor Elyse Fitzpatrick, was clueless. Jessica, joined by her Elyse, recalls the 18 years of her life during which she feigned an abiding faith in Christ. Keeping up appearances even while attending Bible college, Jessica tells how her life began to change when God's love finally pierced her heart. Find out how you might diagnose if your kids are faking it too.
March 30, 2015
Fostering a child can be challenging and adoption even more so. Pastor Brian Borgman shares how he and his wife came to adopt their son Alex out of the foster care system. While adoption is a blessing to all involved, it also requires perseverance and many sacrifices, as Brian and his family have learned.
March 27, 2015
Pastor Brian Borgman was hesitant about foster care, at least at first. But with his wife's encouragement and God's leading, they stepped out in faith to become therapeutic foster parents. Today Brian talks about the little boy, Alex, they would eventually provide care for, and the challenges of parenting a child who has known nothing but neglect.
March 26, 2015
The dangers of the world used to be "out there." But now the world's dangers can waltz right into your home with or without your invitation through the use of the internet. Youth expert Brian Housman addresses parents’ concerns about cyber bullying, cyber porn, and video gaming.
March 25, 2015
One hundred and sixty eight. That's the average number of texts a teen types in a day. Author Brian Housman, founder of 360 Family, gives parents some practical advice for keeping their kids safe on the internet.
March 24, 2015
When it comes to technology, are your kids light years ahead of you? Youth expert Brian Housman talks realistically to parents about engaging their kids around the topic of technology. Exhorting parents about their assignment from God to love and protect their kids, Brian reminds parents that technology is to be used in an honoring way, and this must be modeled and taught in the home.
March 23, 2015
Baskets filled with brightly colored eggs. Soft furry bunnies and tiny yellow chicks. They're a common sight in the spring, but what do they have to do with Easter? VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer joins Dennis Rainey to talk about the real meaning of Easter.
March 20, 2015
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About FamilyLife Today®

FamilyLife Today® is a weekday podcast featuring fun, engaging conversations that help families grow together with Jesus while pursuing the relationships that matter most.

About Dave and Ann Wilson

Dave and Ann Wilson are co-hosts of FamilyLife Today©, FamilyLife’s nationally-syndicated radio program.

Dave and Ann have been married for more than 40 years and have spent the last 35 teaching and mentoring couples and parents across the country. They have been featured speakers at FamilyLife’s Weekend to Remember® since 1993, and have also hosted their own marriage conferences across the country.

Dave and Ann helped plant Kensington Community Church in Detroit, Michigan where they served together in ministry for more than three decades, wrapping up their time at Kensington in 2020.

The Wilsons are the creative force behind DVD teaching series Rock Your Marriage and The Survival Guide To Parenting, as well as authors of the recently released books Vertical Marriage (Zondervan, 2019) and No Perfect Parents (Zondervan, 2021).

Dave is a graduate of the International School of Theology, where he received a Master of Divinity degree. A Ball State University Hall of Fame Quarterback, Dave served the Detroit Lions as Chaplain for thirty-three years. Ann attended the University of Kentucky. She has been active with Dave in ministry as a speaker, writer, small group leader, and mentor to countless women.

The Wilsons live in the Detroit area. They have three grown sons, CJ, Austin, and Cody, three daughters-in-law, and a growing number of grandchildren.

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