Good News: Dog Can’t Quite Reach Newborn

 

An absolutely adorable moment! Watch as Billy the puppy continuously jumps up to see baby Isabelle resting on the bed. The little guy is either trying to get up there, or playing the cutest game of hide and seek!  What I can’t understand is why not help the poor pup up so little Isabelle can get some puppy dog smooches?  Watch the video here.

 

Good News: Elderly Couple Flips Car, Take Selfies

 

An elderly couple rolled their car over and had a very different response than your normal car accident victims. They took selfies! The unnamed couple, who have been married for 60 years and are in their 80’s, were driving their blue Honda Fit along Linda Flora Drive in Bel Air, California when somehow they flipped it over. Amazingly, no one was injured, so the couple decided to take a picture while waiting for the fire department. Click here to check out this hip couple.

 

Good News: Boy Receives Letter From Heaven

 

Gino Valentine and his mom, 42-year-old Gayle Valentine, visited the grave of Gino’s father, Daryl, who died in January 2010 at the age of 24. Gino placed a card that read “Dad, you’re the best” at the headstone, where he also found an envelope hidden underneath a heart-shaped stone and a potted plant. “What’s that beneath the stone?” asks Gayle. The letter was addressed to “Gino Valentine.”  Click here to watch the video of him reading this note.

 

SACKed June 30th

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Because we’re celebrating our Independence this week, probably with festivals, parades, and the like, there are TONS of opportunities to SACK your friends and neighbors.  A few ideas are:
·         Pass out water bottles (with SACKed cards) at a parade
·         Give away glow sticks (with SACKed cards) at the fireworks
·         Hand out 4th of July Double Bubble gum (with SACKed cards)
It’s just another fun, low-cost way to make a difference in someone’s day!  Call us to share your story at 855-98-SHINE!

Be Right or Be Married?

Well, I’ve got a question that someone posed the other day, “Do you want to be right or do you want to be married?” It kind of depends on the mood I’m in in an argument sometimes, but I understand your point. Yeah, because sometimes we get so kind of rot up in some kind of situation about proving our case that we kind of forget that, “Hey, it’s just a little point here and the big picture is we are on the same side.” Exactly, that the relationship matters a lot more than the exchange we are having right now and if I’m right or wrong. Yeah, and that can be about anything – how you drive the car, what we are having for dinner or anything else. Friend, think about that in your own marriage. Do you want to be right or do you want to be married?

If you have a comment or question for the New Shine.FM Relationship Experts Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, visit the relationships experts page at Shine.FM.

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Shop Till They Drop

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A shopping trip with young kids can be quite a juggling act—and as it turns out, a potentially dangerous one. There’s more than falling prices going on.

Latest findings show one child goes to the ER for a shopping cart injury every twenty-two minutes—or over 24,000 a year. That may give you sticker shock, but I hope it leads to safer shopping.

The majority of injuries came from children simply falling out of a cart—either from not being restrained or riding in the basket. But many injuries occurred from carts tipping over or collisions.

I remember plenty of times I went shopping with my children. The temptation to leave them “just for a moment” is real. And we all know a fussy baby hates to be strapped in. Unfortunately, compromising can leave you checking out of the store—and checking into the hospital.

You can read additional blogs by Dr. Larimore on this topic here. Just scroll down the home page to find and click on the article in which you’re interested. In addition, you can see Dr. Walt’s twice-daily devotional, Morning Glory, Evening Grace, here. Last, but not least, limited numbers of autographed copies of Dr. Walt’s books are available here.

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Could Your Kids Be Packing Pounds This Summer?

Could your kid be packing on the pounds this summer?

 

As you probably know, school districts across the country have been banning sugary drinks and fatty lunch foods in order to help curb childhood obesity.

 

But a new study suggests that SUMMER is the time when kids are more likely to gain weight.

 

NBC News is reporting on researcher done by the Harvard School of Public Health. It showed that many kids gain weight during the summer, particularly black and Hispanic kids and children and teens who are already overweight.

 

Rebecca Franckle, a Harvard doctoral student who led the study, says “It’s especially those kids who are already at risk who are the most at risk during the summer.”

 

About a third of children and teens in the U.S. are either overweight or obese, and piling on extra weight at a young age can lead to serious health problems later in life.

 

The researchers aren’t certain what is behind the summer weight gain, but they suspect that it’s less structure, extra snacks, boredom and more time spent in front of a screen.

 

More research is needed to determine the best ways to curb weight gain over the summer, but Rebecca Franckle at Harvard suggests that parents worried about extra pounds should look to the school year for suggestions.

 

She says engaging kids in sports or camp programs is a good idea. She and her colleagues also believe that expanding access to summer food programs for low-income children may help.

 

For more suggestions on keeping your kids healthy this summer—and all year long–go to healthychildren.org.

 

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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I Promise

You every feel like you are breaking a promise to your spouse when you didn’t even know you made a promise? Now come on! You said we were going to have date night tonight and it’s not going to work out and sometimes I think that’s a promise. Well, you say, “Hey, how about catching a movie sometime?” and yeah, you might read that as, “Hey, you promised to take me to the movies.” Exactly! That never entered my mind. It was just a suggestion for you, but I took it to be gospel truth. So you say, “Promise breaker!” Exactly, and I’m crushed fallen. Friend, think about this your own relationship. If you encounter some disappointment about a set up that you didn’t know existed, empathized with your spouse to see why would have read something into a message that wasn’t there.

If you have a comment or question for the New Shine.FM Relationship Experts Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, visit the relationships experts page at Shine.FM.

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Music and Moods

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Does music affect your teenager’s behavior? We know that your kids probably don’t think so. And, many parents would agree. But if you underestimate the power of music, I have some information that might make you change your tune.

In a four-year study, researchers discovered that teens who gravitated towards gothic, punk, heavy metal and hardcore dance music by the age of 12, showed displays of rebellious behavior–including shoplifting, vandalism, fighting, and graffiti spraying until the age of 16. Other researchers have found violent lyrics can lead to negative behaviors.

The study also found that teens who listened to mainstream pop, classical music, and jazz, showed no such results.

Your kids may not agree, but I believe parents need to know what music their children are listening to.  What reaches their ears really can change their minds—and their emotional health with it.

You can read additional blogs by Dr. Larimore on this topic here. Just scroll down the home page to find and click on the article in which you’re interested. In addition, you can see Dr. Walt’s twice-daily devotional, Morning Glory, Evening Grace, here. Last, but not least, limited numbers of autographed copies of Dr. Walt’s books are available here.

Listen to today’s audio here.

Faith-based Cable TV Programming

Good news—more faith and family-friendly programming is coming to a cable network near you.

 

According to Plugged In.com, networks such as Up, Aspire, INSP, TV One, Bounce TV and the Hallmark Channel are all looking for wholesome programming, shows and movies that the whole family can watch together.

 

Cindy Bond, co-founder of Mission Pictures International, says “We’ve hit a watershed moment in the faith film arena. This audience isn’t a fluke any more.

 

Cindy says the next step for us is for Christian film and TV producers to raise the bar in terms of quality.

 

Barbara Fisher, senior vice president of original programming for the Up Network, says there’s a growing demand for uplifting television movies, too.

 

According to Barbara, “It may sound cornball to some people, but we are recognizing that there’s a big country out there that hungers for programming that makes them feel hopeful. I’m seeing a new kind of respect for this programming. It doesn’t have to be schlocky or subpar.”

Eli Lehrer, senior vice president of nonfiction programming for Lifetime, believes that the Christian audience is ripe for more programming.  He says there are tens of millions potential viewers who hold Christian beliefs, but they’re not well-represented on TV these days.

 

And here’s another benefit of all the faith-based programming.  Tina Campbell, star of WE TV’s reality show Mary Mary says “I think people are starting to see Christianity as normal thanks to all these shows. If we’re going to expose the world to every other aspect of life, why not expose it to Christian life when you’re not at church?”

 

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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