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Why letting your kids struggle is good parenting

2019-03-01T10:26:42-04:00November 15th, 2016|Categories: Matthew Ruttan|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The opposite of good parenting is doing the easy thing in the short term. Now don’t get me wrong. There’s a certain parenting high when we just “let kids be kids,” stay up late, go for the sugary cereal, and wear pajamas all Saturday. I love all the ways we [...]

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4 Things I Learned from the American Election

2019-03-01T10:41:16-04:00November 9th, 2016|Categories: Matthew Ruttan|Tags: , , , , , |

We just witnessed one of the biggest political upsets in American history. Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton to become the next American President. Not only that, but the contest was nasty. And since various forms of media are used much more widely today that they were even four years ago, [...]

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Introducing TheUpDevo.com, your daily partner for a practical faith Today

2019-03-01T11:23:11-04:00November 1st, 2016|Categories: Matthew Ruttan|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Some people are passionate about Pokemon Go. For some it’s Starbucks or Fair Trade Coffee. For others, it’s the environment or finding the latest, greatest indie band. Everyone has a passion. Mine is helping people live out their faith in practical ways… Today. That’s why I started writing the [...]

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The Curious Origins of Halloween

2019-03-13T12:20:17-04:00October 25th, 2016|Categories: Matthew Ruttan|Tags: , , , , , , |

Every October 31st we cake on cheap make-up, forego our “don’t talk to strangers” rule, and pile in more chocolate than Augustus Gloop. Yup, Halloween. But it seems to be getting weirder… and more gruesome. So what are it’s origins anyway? Turns out, it’s a curious tale. Here’s some [...]

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How to quickly become the perfect husband and improve your wife’s life without changing anything you’re already doing

2019-03-18T16:36:06-04:00October 14th, 2016|Categories: Matthew Ruttan|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

You’re right. There is NO way I can deliver on a title like that! So yes, it’s a bit misleading. But I did it for a good reason: If you think you can “become the perfect husband and improve your wife’s life without changing anything you’re already doing” you’ve [...]

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The Yes or No List

2019-04-12T15:17:52-04:00September 27th, 2016|Categories: Matthew Ruttan|Tags: , , , , , |

We all need a permanent vacation from complication. Who’s with me! Life gets fast and furious. Demands get thrown at you like water balloons at a kindergarten fun day. Next thing you know, you’ve said yes to so many things you barely have time to go to the bathroom. [...]

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The Giving List

2019-04-16T14:30:17-04:00September 16th, 2016|Categories: Matthew Ruttan|Tags: , , , , , , |

A few weeks ago in a blog I asked you this question: What is one thing you’ve done that has helped or served someone in a practical way? I promised to take what you sent in and send it out as a blog and download. So here it is! [...]

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3 Ways to Curb Sibling Rivalry

2019-04-17T15:16:10-04:00September 1st, 2016|Categories: Matthew Ruttan|Tags: , , , , , , , |

If you have kids you’ve probably thought about sibling rivalry. It’s kind of like debt or a skin rash: You don’t think about it until you have to deal with it yourself! Plus, parenting zips along so fast it’s not like any of us have a week to lock ourselves [...]

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Two Awesome Rules for Your Home No Matter Who You Are or What You Believe

2019-06-10T14:20:38-04:00August 9th, 2016|Categories: Matthew Ruttan|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Every home has rules. Even the homes without rules have rules. (‘No rules’ is a rule!) Some are spoken, like ‘Put the toilet seat down.’ And some are unspoken, like ‘Don’t talk to dad until he’s had his first coffee.’ I realize it’s not popular to talk about rules. But [...]

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