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April 2011


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 We are now developing new materials and seminars for the Village Initiative With Parents (VIP).  Please take just a few minutes to complete a short survey on 12 topics we are considering. click here.


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Pampering the Parents

May 27th 


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This tag line describes the vision of Sweeten Life Systems. We know from personal experience and social research that keeping relationships healthy is the key to marital success, parental success and leadership success. In fact, I know that having a great relationship with God helped me develop better relationships with my wife and kids.

When Karen and I married we had many relationship problems, but one of the worst was my red hot anger. I used my anger for self motivation and to get my way. I knew the Bible said that "Anger does not produce God's fruit" but I did not know how to change. more

Join us for Pampering the Parents Night on May 27th from 6:30-8:30pm


Are you a parent or caregiver of a child who has special needs?  If so, we have a special night planned for you.  Sweeten Life, through the Village Initiative With Parents, is hosting a night of relaxation, information and support for you.  Come enjoy a nice dinner and listen to Dr. Sweeten share his unique insights on practical ways to handle to stress.   Our goal is for you to leave feeling refreshed, encouraged and better able to deal with difficulties in life.


Pampering the Parents coincides with the Breathe Respite so the kids can be taken care of while you get nurtured and refreshed.  Breathe is an established ongoing outreach of Vineyard Cincinnati.  Separate registration for childcare is required and is limited.  Go to to register for the Breathe respite childcare.


For more information and to register for Pampering the Parents, go to


Sharing with Professionals

CASE ConferenceGary Sweeten taught at two workshops for the Christian Affiliation of Special Educators at the Hyatt Regency on March 23rd. He shared about the It Takes a Whole Village project and how the results of that research relate to educators. He talked about the isolation, additional stress and lack of spiritual and emotional support that so many parents experience. He also encouraged the educators in their role of connecting parents to resources within the school, church and community.

Help Me Grow ConferenceJim Donovan, SLS Director of Research, shared at the Regional Help Me Grow conference. Help Me Grow is a state agency that provides in home support and education, during the first three years, to families whose child has been diagnosed with a disability.  Jim shared what our research revealed about the importance of spending time with the parents and gave tips on how the case workers can have an even greater impact.
For more on the Village Initiative With Parents click here.

Volunteers are Needed 

Do you have  extensive experience in : 

  • website development and hosting,
  • audio visual recording and editing
  • social media, communications, writing
  • teaching

    Sweeten Life hopes to develop a team of specialist who can help us move into the next phase of technology


    Are you one of many people who have been trained in Sweeten Life Systems' relationship building principles such as Apples of Gold and Listening for Heaven's Sake?  Do you use this knowledge and understanding of healthy emotional living in your work, ministry, or everyday life?  If so, we would like to talk to you about your success in using these principles and how we might partner with you.


    For more information, please contact Andrea at 513-378-5209 or

  • If you think it is important to equip churches, community organizations and caring individuals how to compassionately reach out and support persons with disabilities and those who love them, you will want to help us. SLS uniquely integrates, research about the felt needs of the people in need with their strengths, best practices and desire to help themselves to train wise mentors and coaches how to better build great relationships with God, themselves and their neighbors.

    We need your generous support to continue building Great Relationships with God, self and others. Sweeten Life Systems is a 501c3 Charity registered under the IRS Tax Code and we always give our contributors a receipt.  Go to and hit donate or send a check to Sweeten Life Systems, P.O. Box 498455, Cincinnati, Ohio 45249.

    Call Dr. Gary Sweeten @ 513-300-5065 to discuss specific ways to help us help others in estate planning, wills, stocks and bonds, etc.



    The Sweeten Life Team