Study: Diet Soda Increases the Risk of Diabetes. Why Do We Still Drink This Stuff?

Hi, I’m Bekah, and I’m a Diet Coke addict. Yes, I’ve always heard it’s bad for me, but the reasons people gave me as to WHY it was bad were so vague. Well, I just found out that it can increase my risk of Type 2 Diabetes by 33%. That’s not something to mess with! If you’re an addict like me, you might want to take the time to read up on how Diet soda IS bad for you here.

A Great Reminder!

A great reminder…

~ Garrett

If You Could Create Your Own App…

It’s Garrett from Shine Afternoons and my wife and I were downloading apps for our new iPhone’s and she said, honey what if we could create an app that would tell us if our kiddos made their beds.  And I thought, what about one that would tell us if they took their bath…”The Bath-checker App.”  If you could create an app for your smartphone that would help your family, what would it be?  Hey…be creative!

It’s Okay To Forget

You know you put your keys somewhere!  Check under the pillows, in the freezer, and the dog dish.  Turns out, they were in your bag all along – exactly where you left them!  In Lisa’s Home School, learn a few tips to improve your memory, and come to terms with the fact that it’s okay to forget sometimes too.

Good News: Homeless Heart Of Gold

Ray, a homeless man living in Kansas City, hit the jackpot in his change cup—a diamond ring!  But he showed his heart of gold by returning it to upset owner Sarah Darling.  Sarah had mistakenly dumped her ring into Ray’s cup when she emptied her coin purse.  Sarah didn’t realize what she had done until the next day.  Panicked, she went back to see if Ray still had the ring.  Ray had held onto the ring, knowing it was of tremendous value, and when Sarah approached him, he gave it right back to her.  Read his explanation here.

The Importance Of Quality Family Time

Dear Dr. Bill,

My husband and I have been married for two years now and our biggest concern has been “How to have good, family leisure time.”  We want to know how we can do that as a family, being together and spending time communicating.  Watching TV or movies together is an easy way of being together but we agree that it doesn’t encourage any communication.  We have a one-year-old son, and we want to set good patterns now.  What do you suggest?


Dear Esther,

You are one wise lady.  The fact that you want to do the best for your family and are thinking ahead to the future puts a big smile on my face.  Now is the time to establish healthy new patterns, while your child is young.

You’re absolutely right, watching TV and DVD’s together every so often is fine, but a steady diet of it can be harmful to your family’s relational health.

The average American family has the television on in the home 49 hours per week. This in spite of the fact that we have research showing how detrimental too much TV viewing can be on kids—it can lead to obesity, aggressive behavior, and may even cause attention problems that interfere with learning.

After you turn off the TV, here are a few ideas for spending quality time together.  When the weather warms up, take walks as a family in the evening.  Put your baby in a stroller and walk around the neighborhood, visit a local park, or check out the bike trails in your community.  Read together as a family.  Find children’s books for toddlers, hold your son in your lap, and take turns reading aloud to him.

After your son is in bed, talk about your day, your plans for the weekend, and your goals for the future.  Play board games together as a couple, and when your son is old enough, find some simple games that he can participate in.

Get involved in a service project at your church or in your community.  And finally, pray together.  If you keep God at the center of relationship and pray with and for each other, you will be building a great foundation for a solid marriage.

Thanks for writing, Esther.  If you have a question for me about family issues or Christian living, just click the “Questions” tab on the Family Expert page.

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