Simple Connections: Multiples of 10

Trying to find sums of groups of multiples is a great way to practice your addition. Be sure to double check your work. If you can clear all of the cards, you win! This game is a great way to have fun while practicing simple addition facts. After you've [...]

By | 2017-06-17T07:34:32+00:00 June 17th, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be In the Moment|Tags: , |3 Comments

From ZZZZ’s to Me in One Sip

Wow. we were never coffee drinkers. Never. Then we had our boys. It is funny how important this small little moment has become:  our first sip of Folgers® Coffeehouse Blend.  Parenting is awesome. Sure. Every single moment is awesome. Okay, let's be real. Raising kids i a tough business. Coffee [...]

By | 2017-06-15T11:36:33+00:00 June 16th, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be In the Moment|Tags: , , |6 Comments

11 Ways to Nurture Your Child’s Relationship With Their Grandparents

Having parents who want to be involved with your kids is a blessing. Having kids who want to be around their grandparents is a gift as well. Family time, especially the quality you give it, is vital. Strong connections have been found to correlate with a longer and happier life. It’s not a definite factor, of course, but it can certainly help.

By | 2017-06-15T21:51:44+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be a Good Steward|Tags: , , |3 Comments

The Cheerios Challenge : Finding Simple Connections in a Connected World

 There are few things from my life I remember from a very early age.  I remember watching super-8 movies with my parents when I was young,  I remember moving across the nation,  I remember the birth of each of my siblings, and I remember Cheerios for breakfast. Name one [...]

By | 2017-06-15T15:18:14+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Connected|Tags: , , |8 Comments

My world got rocked at Jimmy John’s today

Well, when you think you have the world figured out, you get hit by something that blows your mind. I have made it a habit of buying lunches for officers and soldiers if I am in line with them. It is something small I can do that says thank [...]

By | 2017-06-15T13:57:26+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Compassionate|Tags: , , |8 Comments

I called my daughter for the first time in a few years.

Wow, you say? Dad of The Year, you say? You run a successful parenting blog, you say? Yes, yes, yes. You see, the reality is I lost custody of my 22-year-old daughter when she was 13. I had 13 wonderful years where I was activity engaged in her life. That time came to an end when a judge, who knew me for less than 2 hours, took my engagement in her life away. The judge said, “I know she testified that she wants to stay with the father, but she is a girl and needs to be with her mom.” That was ten years ago.

Love, Compassion and Life

Parenting is hard. It has always been hard, and rightly so because raising children is a huge achievement. It’s even harder if we read a bunch of parenting books that often present an endless list of positive qualities our children should espouse. All these suggestions and guidelines can send [...]

Connect At That Moment: It’s A…”Hi! Mommy & Daddy, I’m Here!” Ah…Now What!?

Every parent, child & parent-child relationship is unique and thus so should be the style. This is not to say that we may not incorporate other styles but rather the styles & methods we exhibit may or may not be similar. What I can do and what I am more than happy to do is share my story, my story as a dad & husband. It will inspire you to go one way or another but that direction will be totally based on your parenting direction. Wow, with that now off my chest where should I begin? Ah yes, anything in parenting. Well, that certainly narrows it down. Hmmm.

Be Happy: keep your head up and to keep going!

When my daughter, Harper, was two-years-old, we were all enjoying a big bowl of spaghetti – a favorite of my daughter’s. She was tired of putting the noodles into her mouth so she decided to see what would happen if she put the noodles in her ear, in her nose and lastly… between her toes. My wife was having none of this and sternly said: “Please don’t put spaghetti between your toes!” I looked at my wife and thought: this is our new normal, and it made me happy.

By | 2017-06-06T22:25:11+00:00 June 6th, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Happy|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

Parents Deserve Professional Development, Too!

If we truly believe that parents and teachers must be allies in education and partners in the nurturing of the whole child, then we must consistently explore ways to not only engage parents with the school community but to actively involve them in the process of meeting the essential needs of every student.

By | 2017-06-06T20:43:39+00:00 June 6th, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be a Good Steward|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

4 Ways to Use Vulnerability as Your Parenting Power Tool

As men, we are told that we need to “suck it up”, “man up”, “never let ’em see ya sweat”. Whether it was from your parents or from society in general, the message was clear. Don’t be vulnerable. Protect yourself and don’t let other’s notice your weakness or sensitivity. Vulnerability movements in male circles are gaining momentum and that’s great news. However, there is one area where I feel that it is still not addressed, though most badly needed: parenting.

By | 2017-06-02T22:25:20+00:00 June 2nd, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Authentic|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

Honesty: A lost art

In a growing world of instantaneous communication with thousands of people throughout the world, the idea of being honest has been lost. People post on twitter, facebook and all of social media about their lives, often adding in things that didn’t happen, or removing facts to make themselves look worse, or better to other people to reach their goals of influencing these strangers into thinking that they are better or worse off than those strangers. Kind of weird huh? But there is another level to it. Our children.

By | 2017-06-02T15:36:53+00:00 June 2nd, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Ethical, Be Honest|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

A Brief New Dad’s Survival Guide

Sometimes there is no time to absorb the fact that you are going to be a father. It is not uncommon to feel overwhelmed because you will have to work a few more hours at work or get a side job like many parents in these modern times. Some [...]

By | 2017-06-02T15:35:52+00:00 June 1st, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Confident|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

Learning How to Manage Our Soil Using A Soil Test and the DIYZ App! 

Disclosure:  “This post is in collaboration with DIYZ. All opinions of apps and companies that help me complete DIY projects are my own.” We live on an acreage, which has been farmed for decades. Before my wife and I married, she took a small piece of land and saw [...]

By | 2017-05-31T00:27:23+00:00 May 31st, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Confident|Tags: , |5 Comments

How to Help Kids & Teens Develop Healthy Homework and Study Habits

Homework can be one of the toughest challenges your kids face while they’re in school, especially as they move up through the grades. They may have loved poring over books when they were in grade school, but most middle-schoolers and teens start losing enthusiasm as they’re assigned more and [...]

At the Special Ed Round Table: Making it Work

If you thought being called to the principal’s office was bad, imagine showing up to a team of six professionals all staring from behind their laptops at you as you enter the room. Often times, they are all in nice chairs and maybe someone was nice enough to get [...]

The Importance of Curiosity When We Are Stuck

About half a year ago, my son came to me with a math problem. He had joined an elective math team at his school, one where they compete against other schools in the state and are challenged on a weekly basis to solve and explain problems which are anywhere [...]

“One More Thing Santa” – Insights From a 7 Year-old Who Misses His Dad

As many of my readers know, my son and daughter are basically polar opposites. My son (7) is very measured and uses logic for most everything he does; he loves sports and the numbers behind all of the statistics. My daughter (5) is a free spirit and loves to [...]

By | 2017-05-17T14:28:44+00:00 May 17th, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be In the Moment|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments

Let Them Be Kids: Why Playtime Is So Important

If you get a chance, drive down the neighborhood streets in your town. How many houses have children playing outside – really playing outside in the dirt, rain or sand and not sitting on the front porch with a tablet in their hand? Technology may move society forward at [...]

By | 2017-05-16T22:58:24+00:00 May 16th, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Adventurous|Tags: , , , |4 Comments
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