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KENDRA SMILEY, named Illinois Mother of the Year in 2001, hosts ^a daily radio program, Live Life Intentionally , and speaks nationally and ^internationally. She graduated with highest honors from the University of Illinois ^then went on to...


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KENDRA SMILEY, named Illinois Mother of the Year in 2001, hosts ^a daily radio program, Live Life Intentionally, and speaks nationally and ^internationally. She graduated with highest honors from the University of Illinois ^then went on to earn her Master of Science from University of North Dakota.
She ^has written more than half a dozen books including High Wire Mom and Empowering ^Choices. She and her husband are co-authors of Do Your Kids a Favor...Love ^Your Spouse and Journey of a Strong-Willed Child. Kendra has also written ^numerous magazine articles, contributed to several books, and currently writes a ^monthly column for Hearts at Home magazine.


Kendra and her husband, John, ^live in East Lynn, Illinois.




Building a healthy marriage can give your kids a great head start in ^life. Kendra and John Smiley learned this through the ups and downs of raising three ^sons, all now grown. With her trademark humor, honesty, and wisdom, Kendra offers ^practical, day-in, day-out insights on kids, marriage, and much more. Resident Dad ^John pitches in with his perspective. Learn how to parent like a pro!



Building a healthy marriage can give your kids a great head start in life. ^Kendra and John Smiley learned this through the ups and downs of raising three sons, ^all now grown. With her trademark humor, honesty, and the wisdom that she has shared ^on Focus on the Family and Family Life Today, Kendra offers practical, day-in, day-out ^insights on kids, marriage, and much more. She shares her wisdom on such topics ^as setting priorities and coming to grips with family backgrounds, showing how when ^we make the right choice for our marriage, we're making the right choice for our ^children. \u0022Resident Dad\u0022 John pitches in with his perspective. Learn how ^to \u0022parent like a pro\u0022!



"Kendra Smiley is talking my language in Do Your Kids a Favor...Love ^Your Spouse. In her breezy, humorous, inimitable style, Kendra forces us to ^think afresh about how important a solid marriage is to our kids' well-being. Way ^beyond fun and funny, which we always get from her, Kendra hammers home easily digested ^truth."
Jerry B. Jenkins



When you make the right choices for your marriage, ^you are making the right choices for your children. Read how you can . . .


-Let ^your priorities color your day
-Recognize and work through your differences
-Accept ^your past
-Realize that everyone's family has a different "normal"




Contents


Foreword 11

Introduction
Here ^Comes the Bride 13

1. Priorities:
First Things First 17

2.. ^Gender Differences:
Men and Women Are Different.  Boy, Are They Different! ^37

3. Personality Differences:
Why Did I Marry Someone So Strange? ^57

4. Unpacking the Baggage
What Did I Pack Besides Lingerie? ^75

5. Family Traditions:
You Call THAT Normal? 91

6. ^Identity Theft:
Can Someone Really Steal It? 103

Conclusion:
The ^Fifteen-Year Plan 115

Appendix:
God's Plan of Salvation 117

Acknowledgments ^119




Kendra Smiley is talking my language in Do Your Kids a Favor...Love ^Your Spouse.  In her breezy, humorous, inimitable style, Kendra forces ^us to think afresh about how important a solid marriage is to our kids' well-being.  ^Way beyond fun and funny, which we always get from her, Kendra hammers home easily ^digested truth.
-Jerry B. Jenkins

Kendra Smiley does it again!  ^All her books are filled with practical, godly, wisdom that will make a difference ^in your family's life.  This one is my favorite because it's what I needed ^to hear most.
-Paul Baloche, songwriter, worship artist

Advice ^is easily dispensed but wisdom is hard to find, particularly when it comes to raising ^kids.  With bookstore shelves lined with mere advice, do yourself a favor and ^read the wise counsel Kendra and John Smiley have provided in Do Your Kids ^a Favor...Love Your Spouse.  This thoroughly biblical, intensely practical, ^and refreshingly honest book, if followed, will make your marriage strong and your ^kids secure.
-Dr. Michael Rydelnik, Professor of Jewish Studies, Moody Bible ^Institute Chicago, IL

I'm so thankful that Kendra has locked on to a ^key truth that many seem to ignore.  When you love your spouse first and foremost, ^it's amazing how much security that gives to your children.  Kendra is never ^afraid to tell it like it is.
-Anita Lustrea, Host & Executive Producer ^Midday Connection

A big thumbs-up to the Smileys for writing this book!  ^Yes, we do our children a huge favor when we love our spouses well.  We also ^illustrate for them the incredible love and faithfulness of God.  Thank you, ^John and Kendra for sharing your beautiful marriage with all of us so that we too ^can provide a rock-solid foundation of love for our children and grandchildren.
-Wayne ^Rice, Co-founder of Youth Specialties, Founder of HomeWord Understanding Your Teenagers ^seminars

This is a delightfully encouraging and inspiring book.  ^Live by this advice and your kids will thank you.  Kendra and John live what ^they write about.
-Jim Burns, Ph.D., President, HomeWord, Author of Creating ^An Intimate Marriage and Confident Parenting

Kendra and John shed ^light and wisdom intertwined with humor while they describe not only the benefits ^of loving your spouse but its imperative nature in raising our children and equipping ^them for life.
-Denise Zook, Wife of University of Illinois Footbal Coach ^Ron Zook

I have known Kendra and John for well over twenty years, and ^they have always been an inspiration to me in so many ways.  Their passion ^for Christ and their desire to share Him with teenagers is compelling.  Their ^marriage and family life has been a great example for me.  I am so glad they ^have decided to share what God has taught them over the years with us.  This ^book is great, full of truths, and can help anyone at any stage in a marriage.  ^Thank you, Kendra, for allowing God to use you and your personal life lessons in ^such a teachable ways for others.
-Elisa Cupples, mother of four; married ^to Brian for eleven years

Whether you're a sparky sanguine or perfect ^melancholy, John and Kendra provide practical advice on everything from personality ^differences to family traditions.  And they carefully handle the delicate issue ^of unpacking the baggage we all bring into marriage.  I highly recommend this ^book.
-Florence Littauer, Speaker and Author

Most of us think ^of doing favors for our friends.  But what about doing a favor for your own ^children?  Kendra and John are here to guide you in giving your kids the best ^possible favor to love your spouse.  Drawing from their own unique backgrounds ^and perspective, they give great guidance to parents.  John's wrap-up ofeach ^chapter from The Resident Dad's perspective is worth the price of the book.  ^Want the best for your child?  Love your spouse!
-Carole Lewis, First ^Place 4 Health National Director

There are many books on parenting, but ^John and Kendra Smiley's Do Your Kids a Favor...Love Your Spouse is the ^one you will find yourself buying for couples who need encouragement, practical ^wisdom, and a healthy perspective from a mom's and dad's perspective.  The ^stories will grab your heart, but the unique aspect of this book is that male and ^female hang-ups, priorities, differences, expectations, mistakes, and solutions ^are woven together in a way that will make your marriage stronger while you learn ^how to become a better parent.  The couples who work through the section at ^the end of each chapter will find themselves closer than they've ever been before ^as they discover how to raise kids right.
-Carol Kent, Speaker and Author, ^A New Kind of Normal

I've been married going on 18 years and it's funny ^when you find yourself saying, "Yeah...that's exactly how it is!"  I think ^this book cuts right to the chase and tells us how it is and how intertwined our ^relationships are with not only our spouse but with the Lord.  And how important ^is it for our children to have that loving relationship between Mom and Dad?  ^I have a 14-year-old and I know firsthand how his world is anchored in that safety ^net.  Do you have an issue with your husband or wife?  Do you feel like ^he or she doesn't understand?  Grab this book and read a few pages...your question ^may just be answered along with several others.
-Scott Andresen, Assistant ^News Director, WICD-TV Champaign, IL

As parents we do so much to prepare ^our kids for a successful life...from after-school sports activities, to music lessons, ^to college prep courses while they're still in elementary school!  But who ^would have thought that loving your spouse could have THE MOST significant impact ^on their lives today and beyond?  Well, thank goodness Kendra Smiley did!  ^In a world where the stability and security of family life is no longer the solid ^foundation kids can build their lives upon, Kendra, along with her husband, John, ^turn personal stories, spiritual wisdom and down-to-earth humor into practical advice ^that will transform ANY household.  A book no family should be without.
-Kelly ^Morgan, Co-host of The Harvest Show, LeSEA Broadcasting

Every ^parentneeds to read this book!  Most of us make the mistake of putting ^our children before our spouse unaware of the damage it causes in our marriage relationship.  ^In their honest, straightforward, and humorous way John and Kendra Smiley share ^the secret of keeping your marriage a priority in the midst of raising a family.
-Jill ^Savage, Executive Director of Hearts at Home and author of Is There Really Sex ^After Kids?

Whether you want to prepare for family, improve or rebuild your ^present family relationships, this book is on target.  Kendra and John give ^you the tools you need to encourage a closeness between you and your spouse that ^will steady the legs of any family unit!
-J. Otis Ledbetter, Senior Pastor, ^Sonrise Church, Clovis, CA and Co-Founder, Heritage Builders Association

I ^love reading Kendra's books because they are so practical and simple to apply to ^my own life.  Do Your Kids a Favor...is no different.  Kendra ^and John did a great job with this book.  It was like I was reading a parenting ^and a marriage book all wrapped int



Building a healthy marriage can give your kids a great head start in life. Kendra and John Smiley learned this through the ups and downs of raising three sons, all now grown. With her trademark humor, honesty, and the wisdom that she has shared on Focus on the Family and Family Life Today, Kendra offers practical, day-in, day-out insights on kids, marriage, and much more. She shares her wisdom on such topics as setting priorities and coming to grips with family backgrounds, showing how when we make the right choice for our marriage, we're making the right choice for our children. \u0022Resident Dad\u0022 John pitches in with his perspective. Learn how to \u0022parent like a pro\u0022!

^a daily radio program, Live Life Intentionally, and speaks nationally and ^internationally. She graduated with highest honors from the University of Illinois ^then went on to earn her Master of Science from University of North Dakota.
She ^has written more than half a dozen books including High Wire Mom and Empowering ^Choices. She and her husband are co-authors of Do Your Kids a Favor...Love ^Your Spouse and Journey of a Strong-Willed Child. Kendra has also written ^numerous magazine articles, contributed to several books, and currently writes a ^monthly column for Hearts at Home magazine.


Kendra and her husband, John, ^live in East Lynn, Illinois.



Building a healthy marriage can give your kids a great head start in ^life. Kendra and John Smiley learned this through the ups and downs of raising three ^sons, all now grown. With her trademark humor, honesty, and wisdom, Kendra offers ^practical, day-in, day-out insights on kids, marriage, and much more. Resident Dad ^John pitches in with his perspective. Learn how to parent like a pro!



Building a healthy marriage can give your kids a great head start in life. ^Kendra and John Smiley learned this through the ups and downs of raising three sons, ^all now grown. With her trademark humor, honesty, and the wisdom that she has shared ^on Focus on the Family and Family Life Today, Kendra offers practical, day-in, day-out ^insights on kids, marriage, and much more. She shares her wisdom on such topics ^as setting priorities and coming to grips with family backgrounds, showing how when ^we make the right choice for our marriage, we're making the right choice for our ^children. \u0022Resident Dad\u0022 John pitches in with his perspective. Learn how ^to \u0022parent like a pro\u0022!



"Kendra Smiley is talking my language in Do Your Kids a Favor...Love ^Your Spouse. In her breezy, humorous, inimitable style, Kendra forces us to ^think afresh about how important a solid marriage is to our kids' well-being. Way ^beyond fun and funny, which we always get from her, Kendra hammers home easily digested ^truth."
Jerry B. Jenkins



When you make the right choices for your marriage, ^you are making the right choices for your children. Read how you can . . .


-Let ^your priorities color your day
-Recognize and work through your differences
-Accept ^your past
-Realize that everyone's family has a different "normal"




Contents


Foreword 11

Introduction
Here ^Comes the Bride 13

1. Priorities:
First Things First 17

2.. ^Gender Differences:
Men and Women Are Different.  Boy, Are They Different! ^37

3. Personality Differences:
Why Did I Marry Someone So Strange? ^57

4. Unpacking the Baggage
What Did I Pack Besides Lingerie? ^75

5. Family Traditions:
You Call THAT Normal? 91

6. ^Identity Theft:
Can Someone Really Steal It? 103

Conclusion:
The ^Fifteen-Year Plan 115

Appendix:
God's Plan of Salvation 117

Acknowledgments ^119




Kendra Smiley is talking my language in Do Your Kids a Favor...Love ^Your Spouse.  In her breezy, humorous, inimitable style, Kendra forces ^us to think afresh about how important a solid marriage is to our kids' well-being.  ^Way beyond fun and funny, which we always get from her, Kendra hammers home easily ^digested truth.
-Jerry B. Jenkins

Kendra Smiley does it again!  ^All her books are filled with practical, godly, wisdom that will make a difference ^in your family's life.  This one is my favorite because it's what I needed ^to hear most.
-Paul Baloche, songwriter, worship artist

Advice ^is easily dispensed but wisdom is hard to find, particularly when it comes to raising ^kids.  With bookstore shelves lined with mere advice, do yourself a favor and ^read the wise counsel Kendra and John Smiley have provided in Do Your Kids ^a Favor...Love Your Spouse.  This thoroughly biblical, intensely practical, ^and refreshingly honest book, if followed, will make your marriage strong and your ^kids secure.
-Dr. Michael Rydelnik, Professor of Jewish Studies, Moody Bible ^Institute Chicago, IL

I'm so thankful that Kendra has locked on to a ^key truth that many seem to ignore.  When you love your spouse first and foremost, ^it's amazing how much security that gives to your children.  Kendra is never ^afraid to tell it like it is.
-Anita Lustrea, Host & Executive Producer ^Midday Connection

A big thumbs-up to the Smileys for writing this book!  ^Yes, we do our children a huge favor when we love our spouses well.  We also ^illustrate for them the incredible love and faithfulness of God.  Thank you, ^John and Kendra for sharing your beautiful marriage with all of us so that we too ^can provide a rock-solid foundation of love for our children and grandchildren.
-Wayne ^Rice, Co-founder of Youth Specialties, Founder of HomeWord Understanding Your Teenagers ^seminars

This is a delightfully encouraging and inspiring book.  ^Live by this advice and your kids will thank you.  Kendra and John live what ^they write about.
-Jim Burns, Ph.D., President, HomeWord, Author of Creating ^An Intimate Marriage and Confident Parenting

Kendra and John shed ^light and wisdom intertwined with humor while they describe not only the benefits ^of loving your spouse but its imperative nature in raising our children and equipping ^them for life.
-Denise Zook, Wife of University of Illinois Footbal Coach ^Ron Zook

I have known Kendra and John for well over twenty years, and ^they have always been an inspiration to me in so many ways.  Their passion ^for Christ and their desire to share Him with teenagers is compelling.  Their ^marriage and family life has been a great example for me.  I am so glad they ^have decided to share what God has taught them over the years with us.  This ^book is great, full of truths, and can help anyone at any stage in a marriage.  ^Thank you, Kendra, for allowing God to use you and your personal life lessons in ^such a teachable ways for others.
-Elisa Cupples, mother of four; married ^to Brian for eleven years

Whether you're a sparky sanguine or perfect ^melancholy, John and Kendra provide practical advice on everything from personality ^differences to family traditions.  And they carefully handle the delicate issue ^of unpacking the baggage we all bring into marriage.  I highly recommend this ^book.
-Florence Littauer, Speaker and Author

Most of us think ^of doing favors for our friends.  But what about doing a favor for your own ^children?  Kendra and John are here to guide you in giving your kids the best ^possible favor to love your spouse.  Drawing from their own unique backgrounds ^and perspective, they give great guidance to parents.  John's wrap-up ofeach ^chapter from The Resident Dad's perspective is worth the price of the book.  ^Want the best for your child?  Love your spouse!
-Carole Lewis, First ^Place 4 Health National Director

There are many books on parenting, but ^John and Kendra Smiley's Do Your Kids a Favor...Love Your Spouse is the ^one you will find yourself buying for couples who need encouragement, practical ^wisdom, and a healthy perspective from a mom's and dad's perspective.  The ^stories will grab your heart, but the unique aspect of this book is that male and ^female hang-ups, priorities, differences, expectations, mistakes, and solutions ^are woven together in a way that will make your marriage stronger while you learn ^how to become a better parent.  The couples who work through the section at ^the end of each chapter will find themselves closer than they've ever been before ^as they discover how to raise kids right.
-Carol Kent, Speaker and Author, ^A New Kind of Normal

I've been married going on 18 years and it's funny ^when you find yourself saying, "Yeah...that's exactly how it is!"  I think ^this book cuts right to the chase and tells us how it is and how intertwined our ^relationships are with not only our spouse but with the Lord.  And how important ^is it for our children to have that loving relationship between Mom and Dad?  ^I have a 14-year-old and I know firsthand how his world is anchored in that safety ^net.  Do you have an issue with your husband or wife?  Do you feel like ^he or she doesn't understand?  Grab this book and read a few pages...your question ^may just be answered along with several others.
-Scott Andresen, Assistant ^News Director, WICD-TV Champaign, IL

As parents we do so much to prepare ^our kids for a successful life...from after-school sports activities, to music lessons, ^to college prep courses while they're still in elementary school!  But who ^would have thought that loving your spouse could have THE MOST significant impact ^on their lives today and beyond?  Well, thank goodness Kendra Smiley did!  ^In a world where the stability and security of family life is no longer the solid ^foundation kids can build their lives upon, Kendra, along with her husband, John, ^turn personal stories, spiritual wisdom and down-to-earth humor into practical advice ^that will transform ANY household.  A book no family should be without.
-Kelly ^Morgan, Co-host of The Harvest Show, LeSEA Broadcasting

Every ^parentneeds to read this book!  Most of us make the mistake of putting ^our children before our spouse unaware of the damage it causes in our marriage relationship.  ^In their honest, straightforward, and humorous way John and Kendra Smiley share ^the secret of keeping your marriage a priority in the midst of raising a family.
-Jill ^Savage, Executive Director of Hearts at Home and author of Is There Really Sex ^After Kids?

Whether you want to prepare for family, improve or rebuild your ^present family relationships, this book is on target.  Kendra and John give ^you the tools you need to encourage a closeness between you and your spouse that ^will steady the legs of any family unit!
-J. Otis Ledbetter, Senior Pastor, ^Sonrise Church, Clovis, CA and Co-Founder, Heritage Builders Association

I ^love reading Kendra's books because they are so practical and simple to apply to ^my own life.  Do Your Kids a Favor...is no different.  Kendra ^and John did a great job with this book.  It was like I was reading a parenting ^and a marriage book all wrapped int



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Kendra Smiley

Smiley is a mom, wife, motivational speaker, author and Successful Living dealer. She has boundless energy for promoting her work and a contagious, bubbly personality.

John Smiley

John Smiley has been programming and teaching for over 20 years. He is the president of John Smiley and Associates, a computer consulting firm which serves clients in the Philadelphia Metropolitan area. He teaches computer science at Penn State University, the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, Holy Family College, and he currently teaches popular online courses on SmartPlanet.

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