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“I think I am fine and dealing and then my mother calls out of the blue. She acts as though we spoke to each other last week when it’s been four years. She sounds friendly but it doesn’t take long for her to start berating me for not being in touch and, instead of listing all the reasons I haven’t been, I start apologizing and feel horribly guilty.” (reference)

December 21 and 22 are the worst travel days of the entire year. And we know some of you are going home to families that sound a lot like Sarah’s. Today is a day for hope, because we are are going to journey with you and give some simple tips for dealing with hurtful, broken family relationships.

The Distraction of the Day:

We all know the lengths I went to in order to win your attention.  Male cheerleading, yada yada yada. But then there’s James Mack from New Jersey, and there’s no way you can guess what he did to win back his ex-girlfriend Sara Lopez.

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Improve your communication right now

On today’s show we are giving you 3 things you need to stop immediately in order to improve the communication at home. Well almost three things, because one of them I totally disagree with and will fight to the death with Amy about it! Welcome to SMR.

The Distraction of the Day:

Meat and potato pies were banned this year for the first time in 26 years at the World Pie Eating Championships. Do you know why?

Honoring News of the Day:

Three Women Are Being Praised for Coming to the Rescue of Stressed Mother at the Airport

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FLQ - Breaking the teenager

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How do you break a teenager from entitlement? This Friday Listener Question has a teenage daughter who thinks she’s entitled for everything. "We are going crazy." Amy and I want to help this listener and you feel less crazy about dealing with teenage entitlement.

Mark Gregston: “At this point, I realized I was talking with a young lady that was somewhat entitled. Entitled. So, I decided to give her a principle that I have shared with many other kids and their parents. “Sweetheart, I owe you nothing, but I want to give you everything.” I really don’t...

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The deception connection - Intimacy Intelligence

Today's show gets right to the point! One of our Facebook friends made a brilliant comment about the grey area of private thoughts verses secret thoughts.  She helped us clarify something important that we share with you today.

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The affection connection - Intimacy Intelligence 2

Today we are talking about the sound of intimacy and what you can do to make intimacy sound beautiful! And it’s not dirty.

The Distraction of the Day:

So now that I know how much cockroaches freak you out. I’m going to fly through this show just to get to this distraction of the day! Yea, it has cockroaches!

Honoring News of the Day:

Mom Brought to Tears When Airline Stranger Gives Up First Class Seat for Her Sick Daughter

 

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Should you lie - Intimacy Intelligence

It’s going to be a week for intimacy! Four shows all under the heading of, Intimacy Intelligence. On today’s show, do you really have to be totally honest with your spouse?

Distraction of the Day:

Amy...the following three things are possible reasons why a Nebraska Principal is now on administrative leave, can you guess which one it is?

  1. She banned candy
  2. She was caught eating cockroaches
  3. She hosted a kegger for 10th grade class during school hours

Honoring News of the Day:

Mom Stops To Help 'Big Hairy Tatted Up' Biker And Uses Her Last Bit Of Change

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FLQ - Answers to questions you don't want to miss

Today we answer your questions, and they are incredible questions! But perhaps the thing you need to know most, is that I messed with Amy in the craziest way today...and she loved it! You might want to check out the Facebook Live video here.

Honoring News of the Day:

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/88-year-old-reunites-with-daughter-she-thought-died-at-birth/ 

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“I have been listening to your podcasts as I commute to work every day! Love your sense of humor and all the good information! My husband and I took your animal personality test and it sure...

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The art of freedom from hurt

Have you ever gotten your feelings hurt by someone’s words or actions? Of course you have! Which is why today is so important for you. Whenever you experience things like Character assassinations, Threats of abandonment, Threats of exile, Invalidations, and Preaching...there’s actually something you can do in the moment to help you not take it so personally. That’s what we’ve got going on today for you on SMR.

Distraction of the Day:

What’s the most obnoxious thing a mother-in-law could do regarding hosting a family Christmas meal? I honestly don’t know what your reaction will be to this one, which honestly makes me feel very nervous =] because it feels like I should know what your thoughts would be on this one, if I was a better husband.

Honoring News of the Day:

Good News in History, December 4 - Good News Network

103 years ago today, Henry Ford launched a ‘Peace Ship’ during World War I sailing toward Europe ”to get the boys...

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FLQ - Dealing with separation and mental disorders

Today we take two of your questions, the first one is a voicemail hotline question from Matt who wants to know how to talk about his current separation and trying to get a plan together with this estranged wife. The second question came through our website and this wife wants to know how to deal with a spouse who has a serious mental disorder like Bipolar with sociopathic tendencies.

Your wish is our command, welcome to SMR.

Honoring News of the Day:

Here’s why we do this segment: “Thomas Jefferson said the job of journalists was to portray accurately what was happening in society. GNN was founded because the media was failing to report the positive news. In the 1990’s while homicide rates in the U.S. plummeted by 42 percent, television news coverage of murders surged more than 700%, according to the Center for Media and Public Affairs.” https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/more/about-us/ 

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The joy in caring for yourself - Relentless Joy #3

Title: The joy in caring for yourself - Relentless Joy #3

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Jean Shinoda Bolen once said, “When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.” Today we continue our series on Relentless Joy and talk about the joy in caring for yourself.

Distraction of the Day:

What’s the weirdest crime ring ever busted?

Honoring News of the Day:

From the Good News Network
Generosity pays: selfless people tend to make more money

What happens to those who behave unselfishly and make sacrifices for the sake of others? You might be surprised to hear that greed may not be the path to prosperity.

According to an interdisciplinary study by researchers from Stockholm University, the Institute for Futures Studies, and the University of South Carolina, unselfish people tend both to receive higher salaries, in comparison to more selfish people.

“The result is clear in both the...

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