Articles by Arlene Pellicane

Arlene Pellicane is a speaker and author of 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Mom and 31 Days to a Happy Husband. She is also the co-author of Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World (with Gary Chapman). She has been a featured guest on The Today Show, Fox & Friends, Focus on the Family, FamilyLife Today, The 700 Club, and Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah. Arlene lives in the San Diego area with her husband James and their three children. To learn more and for free family resources such as a monthly Happy Home podcast, visit www.ArlenePellicane.com.


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Just Say Nuts

It all started with a cashew. My family was having dinner with friends at a Chinese restaurant. Our son Ethan was fifteen months old. In a flash, he grabbed a broken cashew piece off the table and put it in his mouth. We had been avoiding giving him nuts since he was so young, but…

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Ask Arlene: Holiday Weight Management

Arlene, Like most people, I gain weight over the holiday season. What can I do to prepare and manage my weight through the Christmas season? Stacy Dear Stacy, My family likes to joke about the treacherous eating season between Halloween candy and Christmas day. Without some intervention, we are all bound to gain a few…

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Ask Arlene: A Question from a Male Reader

Arlene, I’m a single Christian guy in my mid-30’s and have unsuccessfully been looking for a godly wife for some time. I’ve been on a few dates here and there, but they are far between and nothing which lasted long term. My greatest hurdle is that I cannot get that “first date” with girls. The…

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Ask Arlene: The Over-Employed Husband

Hi Arlene! How do I encourage my husband when he is having to work many, many extra hours. We’re grateful that he has a job but the pressure wears on all of us. How do I encourage/support/appreciate him when what I really want to do is tell him to come home?! Thanks! Thanks! Ellen Dear…

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Ask Arlene: Spiritual Parenting as a Team

Hi Arlene! It is important that our children see a healthy relationship between their parents. And I want them to see their Daddy spending time reading his Bible and praying, not just watching tv. He is a God-fearing man and I hope our children see this. How do I encourage my husband without coming across…

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Ask Arlene: Encouraging an Unemployed Husband

Hi Arlene! My husband is unemployed and it’s driving us both crazy. What can I do to encourage him without being critical? Thanks! Amy Dear Amy, Being unemployed or underemployed is generally more difficult for men to cope with than women. So before you open your mouth to say, “Honey, have your tried this?” or…

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Ask Arlene: Combating Chronic Illness

Hi Arlene! I love your thoughts here on a healthier you. Do you have any specific tips on how to strive for a younger you for those who struggle with chronic illnesses and/or diseases? Thanks! Julie Dear Julie, Two things that came to mind: Have hope. Fight for your health. If you don’t have any…

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Ask Arlene: Lessons in Beauty

Hi Arlene! What kind of advice would you offer a mother who wants to teach her daughter the importance of being beautiful on the inside and the outside? I know this starts young and I don’t want her to believe that only the “Barbie” type girls are beautiful — but I do want her to…

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Ask Arlene: Motivation for Health

Hi Arlene, I loved reading this article. I want to want a healthier lifestyle and I feel I owe it to my kids to be a better role model in health. I feel like I’ve just plain lost my motivation. I’m a stay at home mom to four school-aged children, so time isn’t the issue,…

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A Writer’s Dream

Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe, and enthusiastically act upon, must inevitably come to pass. — Paul J. Meyer, Author of Unlocking Your Legacy Like most people, I have many dreams. When I was single, I dreamt of being married. After I was married, I dreamt of having a career and then children….

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My Free Romantic Getaway

Living in a city like San Diego has many perks. For starters, I don’t have to travel very far to whisk my husband away for a romantic getaway. So when I saw a contest to win a free night stay at the gorgeous Manchester Grand Hyatt downtown, I vowed to myself, “I am going to…

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Words to Lose Weight By

Are you aware of the words you say to yourself? You may not say the words out loud, but your mind is communicating both positive and negative thoughts morning, noon, and night. Research shows that a person thinks anywhere from about 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day. Are thousands of your thoughts fueling your success…

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Not Another Period

A few weeks ago, I was sitting in a mom’s group. We were sharing difficult circumstances that God had used in our lives for good. One mother of teenagers remembered two and a half years of trying for a baby and how she would have a good cry whenever she got her period. After all,…

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The Baby Box

It’s a box I don’t open frequently. It’s ivory with a pretty white satin ribbon around it. As I open it, the first thing I see is a small white dress for a newborn with two pink satin roses at the top. I hold it up and think of the baby that might have been….

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Mr. Wonderful

When I was in high school, I was blessed to have a lot of titles. Cheerleader. Honors Student. Student Body President. Youth Group Leader. But there was one title I was very displeased with. Dateless. I think I was the only one to graduate from high school without being asked out. No roller rink dates….

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The Wonder Years

I just laughed out loud. My 14-month-old daughter came stumbling around the corner, pushing her little plastic shopping cart. It caught me by surprise because she’s been sick with a virus called "roseola infantum" all week. Does that sound threatening or what? Her activity has been limited to pointing and saying "this!" in a tiny,…

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