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Prayer and Healing

It’s been a rough couple of months. My Dad passed away in June, and shortly thereafter my daughter Annie came down with a mysterious illness. She was traveling in France at the time, and we now know that she picked up a bacterial infection that went misdiagnosed for… Read More

You Can Have "It" All

What does it mean to "have it all"? It’s a phrase we’ve all heard, but last week in an article for The Atlantic, Anne-Marie Slaughter made “having it all” a hot issue. She says professional working moms really can’t do it in today's economic and societal structure. Moreover,… Read More

Honoring Dads

Happy Fathers Day ladies! I really love Fathers Day. It’s a great reminder to appreciate and honor the Dads in our lives, whether that be your own Dad, your husband, brother, or friend. In “Be a Better Dad Today!,” my friend Gregory Slayton describes fatherhood as “the most… Read More

Anxiety, Depression and Pregnancy

Last week, Diane blogged about anxiety. Today, psychiatrist Leslie Walker shares her expertise on dealing with anxiety and depression during major life transitions like having a baby. -------------------- 4word: You said you like to help people manage life transitions. What is it that draws you to this particular… Read More

Loving the Family you Married

Ever notice how many orphans there are in romantic comedies? Okay, maybe not actual orphans, but at least one of the main characters always seems to be (by choice or fate) alone in the world. If they have family, you rarely meet them. The script writers do this… Read More

Spiritual Truths For Working Moms

Are you mom enough? That’s what Time magazine asked this week in a controversial cover article. The article focused on a certain style of parenting called “attachment parenting,” but I’m more interested in the approach than in the subject matter. That question is the worst kind of conversation… Read More

Transitioning to Motherhood, Part 2

Our interview today is a continuation of the conversation we began last week with 4word women Courtney and Meghan about making the transition to motherhood. Courtney is currently a full-time mom to her six-month-old, Ethan, and Meghan’s first baby is due in early August. We recommend that you… Read More

Maternity Leave

How do you answer questions about returning to work after having a baby? This week a reader we’ll call Gloria, wrote in with just that question: I've just had my third baby. I guess you could say I have maternity leave down to a science.  I have family… Read More

Transitioning to Motherhood, Part 1

This week begins a two-part interview series around the topic of working motherhood. Courtney Howard (pictured left) hails from Los Angeles. She met Diane through her board work on the Salvation Army’s National Advisory Boards. She’s pictured here with her six-month-old, Ethan. Our second interviewee (pictured right) is… Read More

Home for Dinner

The COO of Facebook leaves work every day by 5:30 to have dinner with her kids, and she thinks you should too. How great is that? I love so many things about this clip. First, it's refreshing to hear women talk frankly about their balancing choices.  Note that… Read More

All about self-management

This week, we interviewed Kathy Peel, an author, speaker and expert on family management, about a topic you might not think is part of managing your home: self-management. -------------------- 4word: What is self-management and why is it important? Kathy: Managing everything in your life is really about managing… Read More

Staying Power

This week, we’re introducing you to Kim Butler, a friend of Diane’s who works as Director of Leasing for Hall Financial in Frisco and The Arts District in Dallas. Kim talked with us about the benefits of being a long-term employee at your company instead of changing companies… Read More

Follow-up with Dinah Nicholson

A couple of weeks ago, we interviewed Dinah Nicholson about how she and her husband made their dual-career family work. As it turns out, one interview wasn’t nearly enough space to cover the topic. We had someone request a follow-up. So, Rachel, here are Dinah’s answers to your… Read More

Love In a Time of Deadlines.

What happens to relationships when work must take center stage? When you’re juggling work, relationships, and faith, balance is always the goal, but there will be times when one area of your life has to take precedence for a time.  When a major work deadline requires investment of… Read More

Interview: Dinah Nicholson

Ladies, meet Dinah Nicholson. Those of you wondering if it’s possible to raise children while you and your husband are working full time will want to pay close attention to this interview. Dinah and Steve raised three children together while they both had full time jobs. Last week,… Read More

Friday Favorites… of 2011!

Happy New Year’s Eve Eve! We realize every blog everywhere is indulging in a “Top 10 __ of 2011” post, but we just can’t help ourselves. In the spirit of being slightly different, we’re giving you the 4word team's “Top 5” … in 7 categories. Best Music Young… Read More