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2210, 2016

Be Resilient My child

By | October 22nd, 2016|52 traits, Be Resilient, Poems|2 Comments

This trait is not an easy one for me to teach our children: to be resilient. I believe some people just don't have the ability to be flexible or to be able to lift themselves [...]

2010, 2016

Real Dads, Real Kids, Real Life

By | October 20th, 2016|52 traits, Be Authentic|4 Comments

Championship season is here. The Penguins just took home the Stanley Cup. Within the next few days, the battle between Lebron and Steph will be over. This year's NBA Champs will hold [...]

2010, 2016

The Role of Partner: Pregnancy

By | October 20th, 2016|52 traits, Be Compassionate|5 Comments

As the non-pregnant partner, pregnancy can be a confusing time. Friends, family, and strangers usually focus on the expecting mother and the non-pregnant partner can feel left out, which can then lead to feelings of [...]

1910, 2016

Inherit The Past  

By | October 19th, 2016|52 traits, Be Authentic, Be Compassionate, Poems|4 Comments

Daughter, I see you. and tonight we break bread for tomorrow there may be in store for you unimaginable hope followed by the heaviest of dread.   Navigating an unknown future is an adventure fraught [...]

1910, 2016

Nothing about the first few months felt natural, parenting didn’t feel natural.

By | October 19th, 2016|52 traits, Be Resilient|3 Comments

We’ve all been there. I know this because we’re here now. You have a child. You actually saw it happen. Well, some of it anyways. Stepping into the nursery with the doctor, a detached numbness [...]

1910, 2016

Have a Safe, Fun Halloween!

By | October 19th, 2016|52 traits, Be Happy|6 Comments

The eve of fear and fright is upon us. No, not election day... Halloween. Boy, you are cynical. It’s one of the few long-standing family and community oriented traditions we still have in this country. [...]

1810, 2016

Becoming More Resilient With Your Finances

By | October 18th, 2016|52 traits, Be Resilient, Be Thrifty|3 Comments

How resilient were you during your last financial setback? Was it a catastrophe that you are still bouncing back from? Did you learn anything that you will be putting into place to be better prepared [...]

1810, 2016

Let Him Stay A Kid a Little Longer

By | October 18th, 2016|52 traits, Be Empowered|6 Comments

Every day, I realize how different you see things, how your imagination creates a whole new playground no matter where you are. How a book suddenly becomes a mountain for little toy men to climb, [...]

1810, 2016

Be Strong My Son: One Father’s Take On His Role As Teacher

By | October 18th, 2016|52 traits, Be Resilient|2 Comments

In life, we face adversity and stressful situations. It is imperative that we as adults stand strong during these times. How do we teach our kids to be resilient?  First of all, as adults, we [...]

1810, 2016

Stronger Than Ever. The Power Of Never Giving Up

By | October 18th, 2016|52 traits, Be Resilient|7 Comments

“You can be tired after the game” I must have said it a million times already, to my boys and the kids I coach. We are just wrapping up the football season, and I hope [...]

1810, 2016

A letter on resiliency

By | October 18th, 2016|52 traits, Be Resilient|0 Comments

Dear TRex, I know you're not even two years old yet. And I know you don't understand, but there's a reason I made you pick up the Duplos you threw out of frustration when they were [...]

1810, 2016

Self-Discipline: I Was Never a Routine Man But Then My Daughter Was Born

By | October 18th, 2016|52 traits, Be Self-Confident|1 Comment

One of my favorite books by Kris Vallotton says “Marriage is a heritage for your children.” This is a powerful word because the moment my daughter was born, I started feeling the responsibility invested in [...]

1810, 2016

Spring Back and Grow Resilient

By | October 18th, 2016|52 traits, Be Resilient|3 Comments

Things will go wrong in life. I guarantee it. Things will go so terribly wrong at times that it may seem like the whole world is upside down, no one understands, and nothing can go [...]

1710, 2016

I Was Forced To Eat 60 Plums. 3 Ways To Teach Resilience To Your Kids.

By | October 17th, 2016|52 traits, Be Resilient|0 Comments

This morning, Laurie (my wife) and I were sitting at the table with our boys (ages 5 & 3) like we normally do.  Ervin, the youngest was talking over Eli, the oldest, while he was [...]

1710, 2016

We are quick to say, figure it out. Running to the rescue does nothing for our kids.

By | October 17th, 2016|52 traits, Be Resilient|3 Comments

When I was a young boy, my parents sheltered me from bad things.  They didn't expose me to much uncertainty or discomfort.  Mom and Dad focused on my siblings and me doing well in school.  I didn't [...]

1710, 2016

Be Positive: How do we keep our kids protected?

By | October 17th, 2016|52 traits, Be Positive|5 Comments

Everything we do requires patience in one form or other. From childhood, we are taught to be patient. Child: I'm hungry Parent: Food is coming, be patient. Child: I want to be a grown up [...]

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