Are your expectations for your Preschool kids realistic?

It’s hard to be a parent.  Kids don’t come with rule books or training manuals.  With technology and culture advancing quickly, it makes it even harder to not feel as if kids are growing up too fast.  How do we sort through all the unsolicited “support” we get from family, community, and even strangers who […]

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An Interview with Wanda – From 1988 to 2018

by Lutheran Family

Wanda Pritzel, Director of Development, has been an integral part of the Lutheran Family Service (LFS) ministry efforts since 1988. Her expertise, passion, faith, and heart for sharing the love of Jesus with others is evident in every encounter, visit, and conversation. On February 15, 2018, Wanda celebrates 30 years of service with LFS. We are incredibly grateful for her unwavering dedication to serving our Lord.

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I’m a dreamer.

by Rev. Dr. James Lamb

I’m a dreamer. I have a right to be born and pursue my dreams. The unborn are dreamers too.

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Life is Beautiful. Adoption is Beautiful.

Excerpt from Iowans for Life blog post: Modern Day Hero. Both Iowans for Life and Lutheran Family Service are founding members of the Iowa Coalition for Pro-Life Leaders working to protect life at all stages. For me, the highlight of the president’s State of the Union address Tuesday was Ryan Holets. Did you hear what […]

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Patience, Peace & Kindness

by Tracy Stetzel - Pregnancy Counseling & Adoption Services

In our busy world, it is easy to focus on our own feelings and needs, and overlook those of others. We need to remind ourselves to look beyond the obvious to extend patience, peace, and kindness.

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Helping your child with Self Regulation

Some kids act impulsively in emotional situations. Some kids get overexcited and have a hard time winding down. Some kids have meltdowns at unexpected times with little warning. All the above may be a sign of struggles with self-regulation.

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Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.

by Linda Kramer

The first time that I heard this phrase was at the end of the 2012 Summer Olympics when swimmer Michael Phelps announced he was quitting swimming (he later changed his mind). I was completing a vacation in Hawaii and found this phrase helpful. Just recently, I have adopted this phrase as last month my husband and I […]

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Avoiding Addiction Relapse During the Holidays

by Courtney Frerichs, LMHC

It’s important to take precautions and create a plan to avoid relapse this Christmas Season, and start the New Year full of faith and hope.

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What to Do When Your Partner Will Not Attend Marriage Counseling

by Lynnette Aschinger, LISW

When one is experiencing a personal crisis such as serious marriage problems, it is very difficult to know where to turn for help.  Many times, couples wait before doing anything and the end result can be one of the following: divorce, chronic marriage problems, or living with a life time of pain and hurt. A marriage is worth the effort and of course marriage counseling is one of those options, but for the spouse who can’t enlist cooperation from the other spouse, don’t settle!  Do something!  There are resources out there to help and I want to highlight a few, especially when a partner will not attend counseling with you.

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Got Hope?

by Rev. Michael Wolfram

Hope! It is an intrinsic part of human existence! • Every farmer hopes that it will rain and he will have a good yield • Every businessman purchases goods hoping that he can sell it and make profits • Every student hopes to do well on the exams. • Every athletic team takes the field […]

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