Create New Year’s Systems, Not Goals

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It’s that time of year again: the end of the old year, and the beginning of the new. It’s a time of renewed motivation, effort, and focus. It’s a time to reflect and review the past year and get excited about the possibilities of the upcoming year. For me it’s a time of learning and optimism…. Continue reading…

Teach Children Phone Use Principles: A Response to the Phone Contract

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This is post #2 of 2 in the series “Setting Boundaries for Children's Phone Use” I like the idea of a phone contract, if it is done well with the right amount of seriousness and lightheartedness. Interestingly, in therapy, we are discovering that “contracts” are not usually an effective method. In fact it often enables… Continue reading…

Use Screenwriting Tricks to Make Your NaNoWriMo Novel Awesome

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Editor’s Note: this is a very-lightly edited repost of an article originally posted in 2012. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), where people around the world try to write a novel in one month, is going to start in a few days. Here’s some ideas that Screenwriters (both film and TV) use. They have to write within… Continue reading…

Enhance Personal Prayer & Scripture Study with White Noise

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This is post #1 of 4 in the series “Enhance Your Scripture Study” Are you like me? You kneel down at night to say your nightly prayer and start out with sincere thanksgiving for your many blessings, and then your wandering mind gets thrown off track. You suddenly realize you have been thinking about ways to improve… Continue reading…

Home Teaching by Priority, Based on Need

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I was recently listening to the excellent LeadingLDS podcast. Kurt (contributes here), interviewed the mysterious person known only as @ldseqpres on Twitter. @ldseqpres is known for his usually humorous, sometimes snarky, tweets. But he’s a real-life Elder’s Quorum President, with all the problems and issues that come with that calling. And he had some great… Continue reading…