How to have great friends

How To Have Great Friends - by Ginger Hubbard

If I could only use two words to define my friend Paula, they would be “southern” and “southern.” Paula traveled with me to the West Coast, bringing with her all of the charming lingo that separates Alabama from the rest of our country. Paula doesn’t assume, she “reckons.” She doesn’t laugh, she “gets tickled.” She doesn’t get angry, she gets “mad as fire.” Traveling with Paula was definitely an adventure. Both of us being directionally challenged, we spent more time asking for directions than we did enjoying the lovely landscape of Southern California. After a mere two-minute conversation with us,

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Dead Man’s Float

Dead Man's Float - Ginger Hubbard

Isn’t it amazing how people can experience a complete shift of emotions in the blinking of an eye? I vividly remember one of those moments fifteen years ago—the day I went from total contentment to total terror in a split second. It all started with, “Kids, grab the towels and sun screen! We’re gonna indulge in an all day relaxathon at the pool!” Squeals of delight echoed through the house as two over excited children danced a jig while changing into their swimsuits. As we climbed into the car, I noticed some intense conspiring going on between brother and sister.

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Taming the Tattletale

“Christopher’s not letting me play with the ball!” “Sarah’s calling me names!” “Tommy won’t let me in the bathroom!” Sound familiar? Tattling reigns as one of the most common behavior problems among siblings. Unfortunately, it is overlooked rather than dealt with properly in many homes. Parents often pardon rather than correct the tattler simply because they do not know how to deal with the issue. While some parents are frustrated with their inability to control the problem, others try to rationalize their decision to avoid correction. “After all,” reasons one parent, “if my child is doing something that he ought

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Whining: An American Epidemic

Mooooommyyyyyyy, I want some juuuuice… I don’t wanna go to sleeeeeeep…. I have to go to the baaathrooooooom… Is there anything more annoying than whining? Perhaps, but off the top of my head, I can’t think of it. I participated in a four-day interview with Dennis Rainey on FamilyLife Today concerning one my book Don’t Make Me Count To Three. During the course of the shows, a poll was conducted to help determine which behavior problem among children was most prominent in the home and the most difficult for parents to address. “Whining” took the poll by a landslide. In

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On a Personal Note

Dear Friends, In 2009, I announced that I was taking an indefinite sabbatical from public ministry. My explanation was vague, but my sorrow was vivid. I know that many of you have questions and wonder what happened, and yet I also know that you have been faithful to pray for my family and me in the absence of details. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for your prayers. As God re-opened doors for me to return to ministry, I began receiving numerous emails inquiring about my name change. I respect and appreciate these inquiries as Scripture urges

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