Introduction

As you scan the panorama of your life, you ultimately know you have a lot for which to be grateful. You have a wonderful family, a comfortable home, and plenty of opportunity as you look toward the future. Life’s not perfect and there may be some problems to work out, but overall, things are good.

So why do you have a nagging sense that something’s not right? Family life feels so full it’s ready to burst. The schedule is packed, the house is cluttered, and your mind lacks clarity. It feels as if the many wonderful things in your life are crowding out something important—but what?

You know many families struggle with less security and fewer opportunities. You look around and it seems everyone else is juggling family life well enough. ...

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