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Cathi Brese Doebler

Cathi is a mom and the author of Ditch the Joneses, Discover Your Family:  How to Thrive on Less Than Two Incomes!

How many children do you have?  Two children:  ages 10 and 7.

How did you come up with the idea for your book?  The love of being with my children inspired the idea for Ditch the Joneses, Discover Your Family.  I created it to be the definitive guide on how to thrive on less than two incomes.

What’s your favorite parenting tip?  Keep Jesus at the center of your family. My own parents set a great example of this, and it was the greatest gift they gave me. I hope to give the same gift to my children.

How do you get your family to eat healthy food and/or exercise?  First, I try to lead by example.  I eat a lot of fruit and vegetables, and I exercise regularly. My children see through my actions that both of these have value.

Second, we try to make it fun. For example, when we had a garden a few years back our children learned to love picking the food and then eating it fresh from the garden. We also go blueberry picking together, and we go bike riding and swimming as a family.

How do you recharge your batteries?  Reading: I love to relax and read a good book! 


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