Facing the empty nest – The Morning Thing 8/29/16


As Marcy gets Rachel ready for her big college move-in day, we decided to take some time to focus in on that important transition from high school to college. On today’s show, we shared some wonderful advice to those parents facing the empty nest. This season in your life may feel like an ending, but it’s also a new beginning.

Click HERE to read this insightful article from Mary Ann Froehlich from www.Christiancollegeguide.net.

Need some help in packing? Click HERE to see a list of 12 surprising items your kid should be packing for college.

Parents – keep listening this week as we continue talking about the transition from high school to college.
Here is what is coming up:

Tuesday (Marcy and Kelsey) – On Tuesday’s show we will continue talking to the empty nest parents. We will share 12 ways to Say “I Love You” – practical things you can do when your college student needs to know you care. We’ll talk about the best things to put into care packages. Our Morning Thing co-hosts will share their own favorite care package stories.

On Wednesday (Marcy and Eddie) – We’ll share some tips on being smart – smart with money and smart with snacking. We found 5 tips for raising money smart kids. Plus, we found some wonderful healthy and portable high protein Snack Ideas.

On Thursday (Jenna and Dan) –
On Thursday’s show we will celebrate New Student Move-In Day at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. We’ll talk with several members of MVNU’s Student Life staff and give you a highlight of Welcome Week on campus.
Our co-hosts will also share their favorite Move-In Day stories. You’ll hear how it all started at MVNU for Marcy, Jess, Dan, Eddie, Aubrey, Kelsey and Jenna. 

 On Friday (Marcy and Aubrey) – We will celebrate another First Friday and give you a preview of a HUGE September First Friday event in downtown Mount Vernon. We’ll also chat with MVNU’s Dr. Henry Spaulding for our September Presidential Update.

For our Morning Thing Fave 5, The Morning Thing co-hosts will share their favorite college experience here at MVNU.

(picture from http://marybuchan.com/filling-empty-nest/)


Celebrate National DOG DAY with The Morning Thing 8/26/16


It is National Dog Day. Celebrate with The Morning Thing crew and dog lovers all across the country.

www.nationaldogday.com is a great site for every dog lover.

Click HERE for a little history on this special day for our pooches.

Click HERE for 20 different ways to celebrate. These are cute ideas and cute pics of dogs.

If you have small children, it is important to keep safety as a priority when your kids are with dogs. Click HERE for some safety tips from www.parenting.com

Today, we honored dogs for our Morning Thing Fave 5.
Click HERE to hear our 5 favorite memories with our favorite dogs.


Burger Day and Family Dinners – let’s CELEBRATE! The Morning Thing 8/25/16

perfect burger

On Thursday’s show we celebrated Burger Day! Yes! If you love a good burger, make sure that you check out these 36 yummy burger recipes.
Click HERE to see 36 Killer Burger Recipes. If YOU are the chef, grab your “Kiss-the-BBQ-Chef” apron.🙂

We also shared 7 reasons why eating family dinners together is very important.
Anne K. Fishel, Ph.D. shared these thoughts on www.parenting.com
Over the last 20 years, dozens of studies have confirmed what parents have known intuitively for a long time: Sitting down for a nightly dinner is good for the spirit, the brain and the body. Research shows that shared meals are tied to many teenage behaviors that parents pray for: reduced rates of substance abuse, eating disorders and depression; and higher grade point averages and self-esteem. For young children, conversation at the table is a bigger vocabulary booster than reading aloud to them. The icing on the cake is that kids who eat regular family dinners grow up to be young adults who eat healthier and have lower rates of obesity.

Click HERE to see Anne’s 7 reasons why you should plan a family dinner soon!
Anne K. Fishel, Ph.D., author of “Home for Dinner: Mixing Food, Fun and Conversation for a Happier Family and Healthier Kids,” is the director of the Family and Couples Therapy Program at Massachusetts General Hospital and an associate clinical professor of psychology at the Harvard Medical School. She is the cofounder of The Family Dinner Project and writes the popular blog “Digital Family” for “Psychology Today.” You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Teaching Kids Self-Motivation and Manners

Today’s focus on the Morning Thing was all about bettering your kids.

We started the show by sharing some ways to encourage self-motivation in your children. You can find the full list by clicking HERE.

We also shared 10 manners parents should be teaching their kids, but often don’t. You can find that article HERE.

In the 7 am hour, we shifted gears a little bit and told you all about International Strange Music Day. For more information on the unique holiday, head over HERE.

Have an awesome Wednesday!

Communication – in conflicts and in parenting. The Morning Thing 8/23/16

On Tuesday’s show, we focused on communication in parenting and in the midst of conflicts.

Parenting is difficult, especially in the midst of fights and bickering.
We found some wonderful advice from author, Tara Ziegmont from www.FaithGateway.com


Tara has 9 brave ways for kids to diffuse conflicts. Parents – these will be great tips that you can use for those teachable moments in the midst of conflict.

Nine Brave Ways For Kids to Diffuse Conflicts

  1. Remind kids that it is never okay to hurt someone else. Even when you’re angry. Even when you feel that someone else has hurt you. You still have to play by God’s rules, and be kind and do not harm others.
  2. Slowly count to 10 before reacting. Taking a few seconds before you respond to a situation is always a good idea.
  3. Listen to the other person’s side. In James 1:19, Jesus says, “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.”  This isn’t the only place in the Bible where it talks about being slow to anger. Listening and finding out all the sides to the story is an important part of diffusing any conflict.
  4. Proverbs 15:1 says “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” It’s always a good idea to say you’re sorry – and mean it – when situations are tense. If there’s a conflict happening, you may have said or done something that deserves an apology. Be the first one to apologize.
  5. Tell how you feel, starting with the words “I feel…” It’s really important to use statements that begin with “I” instead of statements that begin with “you.”
  6. Walk away. There is great power and dignity in not responding to fruitless arguments. Help kids find their calm and encourage them to find some space when their emotions rise.
  7. Sometimes, you have to give in. No one likes this answer. It is never fun. But sometimes, it is necessary to let the other person have her way. Even when it seems unfair. Even when you don’t like it. Remember that Romans 12:21 says “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
  8. I think this is the ultimate act of bravery. In Colossians 3:13, Paul says, “Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” The Lord forgives us even though we are sinners. We need to forgive others even when they do things that hurt us.
  9. I think kids are much better about this than adults are. I know my kids can be fighting one minute, and then hugging the next minute. They get over things quickly. Leviticus 19:18 says “You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.” Holding a grudge is a sin.

Click HERE to read the complete article from Tara Ziegmont.

The Morning Thing also shared 10 of the most powerful things parents can say to their kids. The Pew Research Center recently showed parents across America a list of 10 skills,  asking the question: “Which of these skills is most important for a child to get ahead in the world today?” The winner, by far, was communication. In fact, not only was it chosen as the most important; it beat out traditional favorites, such as reading, writing, teamwork and logic.

Paul Axtell is the author of the book, “Ten Powerful Things to Say to Your Kids: Creating the Relationship You Want with the Most Important People in Your Life”. In the book, Paul stresses that effective conversation—what you say, how you say it, when you say it—is one of the only tools parents have in creating lasting and meaningful relationships with their kids. He shared the 10 Most Powerful Things You Can Say to Your Kids on www.parenting.com

1. I like you.

This is a different statement from “I love you.” This statement says, “I like who you are as a person.” Use them both.

2. You’re a fast learner.

Learning is natural. Young children are amazing at it. Learning is play to them. What you say to them early influences how they relate to learning later in life, when it can be more difficult or frustrating.

3. Thank you.

Simple courtesies are a sign of respect. Social skills are critical in life, and the best training for tact and grace starts early.

4. How about we agree to…

This is about establishing a few basic agreements that set the stage for how you work together within the family. Having agreements in place helps avoid common issues and provides a framework within which to solve problems when they do arise.

5. Tell me more.

This is a request for your children to share their thoughts, feelings and ideas with you. It also involves learning to listen, which is always a gift because it signals that you care.

6. Let’s read.

Reading to your kids brings so many benefits. It helps them build skills they need for success in life. It enriches your relationship and instills a love of learning. And books provide a gateway to the world—people, places and ideas.

7. We all make mistakes.

Problems happen. No one is perfect. Dealing with problems and learning from mistakes are vital life skills. When you have a moment in which you don’t live up to your own standards, it’s an opportunity to show your children how to take responsibility for mistakes and move on. Kids can beat themselves up over not meeting your expectations or not being perfect. Giving each other a little room around this is a gift for both of you.

8. I’m sorry.

It’s something you can learn to say. Better yet, learn to catch yourself before saying something that might later require an apology.

9. What do you think?

Asking for input and giving kids a chance to be part of family conversations lets them learn to exercise their decision-making skills and begin to take responsibility for their choices. Expressing what you think and asking for what you want are fundamental skills that will serve your children throughout their lives.

10. Yes.

While I do think “no” is still a viable option at times, too often parents are “a ‘no’ waiting to happen.” If you create a pattern of “yes” in your family, you’ll find that “no” doesn’t need to be said as often as you think.

Click HERE to read the complete article from Paul Axtell.ut

It is “Be An Angel Day”! How will you show kindness to others today? The Morning Thing 8/22/16


Today, we celebrate “Be An Angel” Day.

History of Be An Angel Day
Jayne Howard Feldman opened the doors to this celebration in 1993. She wanted to encourage people to do random acts of kindness.

How to celebrate Be An Angel Day (from www.daysoftheyear.com)
This would be the day to put others before yourself. Mow a neighbor’s lawn, maybe watch their kids for a few hours so they can eliminate some of the stress in their lives. Show gratitude and thanks to someone that you know. Thank them for everything they do for you, even if it is just a call, a hug or a thank you note. Write a note to a loved one, fill a random parking meter, volunteer at a soup kitchen. Plant a tree or two, clean up litter at your local park or even give out some flowers to a random stranger. Donate some clothing or items from your home that you don’t use anymore, or just reach out to someone who needs a little help. Every action we take that helps another can result in many different things occurring, not the least of which are lasting friendships, eternal gratitude and or sometimes just a feeling of contentment of doing something good. While it is true we should all strive to be more kind in our daily lives, and more aware of the plights those around us suffer from, this is the day to really embrace generosity, on this, Be An Angel Day.

We found a great website that will give you great ideas on how to show kindness to others. www.randomactsofkindness.org
Try showing kindness to someone else today and see how much it can change YOUR day!

We saw a true random act of kindness at the 2016 Rio Olympics. At the 5,000 meter run last week, two runners collided, but they both managed to finish the race due to a combined act of kindness. The collision happened between USA runner, Abbey D’Agostino and Nikki Hamblin from New Zealand.  D’Agostino was able to get back up and was about to push forward until she saw Hamblin unable to get up herself. So, D’Agostino helped her. At this moment, D’Agostino realized that she herself was unable continue, and collapsed once more. Now was Hamblin’s time to return the favor as she pulled D’Agostino to standing. Hamblin finished in second to last place, and D’Agostino finished last, nursing a limp from her fall. (news story from www.romper.com)

D’Agostino was taken off the track for treatment, but Hamblin lingered and spoke to reporters afterward to praise D’Agostino’s kindness.

“I went down, and I was like, ‘What’s happening? Why am I on the ground?’ ” Hamblin said. “Then suddenly, there’s this hand on my shoulder [and D’Agostino saying], ‘Get up, get up, we have to finish this.’ And I’m like, ‘Yup, yup, you’re right. This is the Olympic Games. We have to finish this.’

“I’m so grateful for Abbey for doing that for me. That girl is the Olympic spirit right there. I’ve never met her before. I’ve never met this girl before, and isn’t that just so amazing? Regardless of the race and the result on the board, that’s a moment that you’re never, ever going to forget for the rest of your life, that girl shaking my shoulder like, ‘Come on, get up.’ ”

This reignited Hamblin’s drive, as she thought “Yup, yup, you’re right. This is the Olympic Games. We have to finish this.”
(quotes from www.latimes.com)

Click HERE to see the video from NBC Sports.

We also shared a conversation with Mike Skaggs about his ministry at Kenyon College. Mike is part of the Coalition for Christian Outreach. Click HERE to hear about this exciting ministry at Kenyon and find out how you can pray for the students this year.

So we encourage you to BE an Angel today! A simple act of kindness can change the world.



Back to school prayers and traditions – The Morning Thing 8/19/16


The Morning Thing has been focusing on Back-to-School all this week!
Today, we shared some powerful Back-to-School prayers from www.crosswalk.com

One of the best ways you can prepare your children this year as they go back to school is through prayer. Praying Scripture over them is one of the most powerful ways to pray. Click HERE for five back to school prayers you can pray for your kids and grandkids:

We also talked about First Day of School traditions. You could try 1 or 2 as the kids get back into the routine of school days. Here are 10 ideas from www.thesimpleparent.com

For our Morning Thing Fave 5, The Morning Thing co-hosts shared their favorite Back to School memories.  Click HERE to hear these great memories.