Week 5: Risk Taking and why it is important for your kids!

Executive Summary:  Risk Taking and why it is important for your kids! According to research, "Risk is an essential component of a balanced childhood. Exposure to healthy risk, particularly physical, enables children to experience fear, and learn the strengths and limitations of their own body." (1) With that being the [...]

Week 4: Teach them to the importance of humor

Executive Summary:  Teach them to the importance of humor A good sense of humor isn’t limited to adults alone, it transcends to little children also. It is important that they know how to have fun while at home, school or in the neighborhood. Laughing and having fun is a [...]

Week 3: If you give your kid a cell phone, kiss your family goodbye.

Executive Summary: kids and a cell phone... bad idea. I get it. “We can’t organize all of our activities without a phone.” “My kid is different; they only use it for calling me.” “If my kid doesn’t have a phone, they will be picked on.” “Smart Phones are not [...]

Week 2: Why is great communication key for your kid’s growth?

Executive Summary: Why is great communication key for your kid's growth? Very few things are more important than open communication in any relationship. That's doubly important in the family! If you are a busy family, which most families are, the importance you need to place on establishing good solid [...]

Week 1: Building Connection. Nothing is more important to your family.

Executive Summary:  Why is Creating a Connection Your Most Important Role as a parent? There is nothing more vital for you to do as a parent than establish your family as a safe place for your kids. Studies show: Children who experience a lack of emotional support, no connection, [...]

Unlearning Restrictions That Are Put Upon Us. Be Open-Minded

Before our son, Joshua, was born it was so important for us that he didn’t have any restrictions put upon him by us, others and most importantly, himself. When people have children usually the main thing they look forward to is finding out whether they are having a boy [...]

By |2017-04-26T16:00:46-05:00April 26th, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Open-minded|Tags: |

Sometimes, I am amazed by how selfish I can be.

A good friend of mine, and my minister, Jed Mullinex, says to be closer to God, one must love the things God Loves. Simple enough. I would imagine the opposite is true as well. To be further from God, love the things God doesn’t love. Today, I am excited to introduce you a father who presented me with a ‘teachable moment’ without trying. If you know me or follow this blog, you know I am a believer in Jesus Christ. I have found refuge in knowing that in my toughest times, God has had his hand in my life. Often I didn’t deserve his grace, but thankfully, he was there.

By |2017-05-10T12:06:24-05:00April 25th, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Thankful|Tags: , , |

Be Supportive “Listen To What They Have to Say”

 Be Supportive, what does that really mean when it comes to a child? To a child being supportive means to listen. Listen to what they are saying. A child needs to be heard. They need their thoughts and idea's to mean something to you. For this reason, a parent [...]

By |2017-04-08T23:21:24-05:00April 8th, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Supportive|Tags: , , |

Be Focused – “Don’t Feel Guilty”

Our studio apartment is set up. My parents are watching my son while I work. It is time to be focused on what I need to complete. Time to get my son into a daycare program. My parents are moving to California. Researching (more than two, but not a [...]

By |2017-03-10T00:55:37-05:00March 10th, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Focused|Tags: |

There Are Many Reasons Why People Bully, Some Might Surprise You!

There appear to me to be a lot of mythos surrounding the question as to why people bully. I was bullied for around eight years — probably longer. Since then I have worked with or alongside young people for fourteen years, and I have worked with children for a lot longer than that. I remember one time when I had an interview for a youth work post with someone who was aware of my history of being bullied. They asked me in a very matter-of-fact way “So, how will you stop yourself from bullying our young people?” I was quite frankly gobsmacked and astounded, but I answered her question quite clearly “Some people who are bullied do end up bullying, but that is not a hard-and-fast rule.

By |2017-03-04T23:06:34-05:00March 4th, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Compassionate|Tags: , , |

My Dear Child Campaign – What can we do when they don’t answer the phone?

Does this sound familiar to you or anyone you know? Eddie is on the outside trying to be in his daughter’s life. Her mother has moved on and another man is playing the role of father for his girl. He asks me, “What can I do?”

By |2017-06-20T22:43:24-05:00March 4th, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Communicative|Tags: , , , , , |

What Do You Say? Why We Want Our Kids To Be Personable!

Each time I take my two children out grocery shopping or errand running, I’m very mindful about their manners and social interaction. My wife has the same priorities, and our kids are generally well-behaved, especially in public. They are actually starting to get a bit of a reputation, I learned recently. A few months ago, I was out shopping with both kids at a local “big box store”. We stopped to pick up a sample from one of the tables at the end of an aisle. “Oh, you must be the father!” the sample lady suddenly exclaimed. “Why yes. Yes, I am,” I stumbled, unsure of her meaning.

By |2017-04-18T14:40:16-05:00February 27th, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Personable|Tags: |

Why an Open Adoption Was Just What We Needed

I didn’t want an open adoption. We were no strangers to the adoption process having “survived” our first adoption and we were comfortable with the fact that our oldest boy Eli’s birth family would have nothing to do with how he was going to be raised. My head was [...]

By |2019-03-13T22:37:18-05:00February 3rd, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Adventurous|Tags: , , , , , |

Building Critical Thinking Skills in the Kitchen

Picture this: you’re stuck inside with your children on a rainy Saturday. It’s a snowy day in January, or perhaps a scorching hot day in July. You’ve made crafts, played games, and watched a movie. What’s left? Well, you do have to cook dinner. You might hesitate at the [...]

By |2017-01-30T23:54:34-05:00January 30th, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Thoughtful|Tags: |

Hope and Actions: Don’t Depend On Hope For Success

Hope can be a beautiful thing, but it can also be a crutch. I know some of you are reading that and wondering what in the world do I mean?  Maybe I am crazy, or maybe I am an alien, but to me, hope is what fills the space [...]

By |2017-06-29T23:41:12-05:00January 15th, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Hopeful|Tags: |

Four Christmas Wishes

By Julian Caldwell | GetConnectDAD.com This week's Trait is "Be Hopeful." What a great week for hope to be the center of my thoughts for my boys and my family. Christmas is this weekend, my family is coming into town, my kids are working on their best behavior (sort [...]

By |2016-12-22T13:23:57-05:00December 20th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Compassionate|Tags: , , |

How To Stay Focused On Your Goals When Disaster Or Impulse Strikes

Setting goals is important in our lives, right? They give us something to strive for. We set them to motivate ourselves to achieve a place that we think will be better in our lives. But, what happens when disaster strikes and you find yourself facing an emergency situation? How [...]

By |2016-12-18T01:46:00-05:00December 16th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Focused, Be Thrifty|Tags: , , |

Five Questions to Ask Yourself. Are you just too busy?

Sunday at church, I ran into an awesome lady who used to organize Sunday night volleyball for a bunch of out of shape adults. I mentioned to her how much I missed those two hours each Sunday and wished we all still got together. She agreed and then responded, “We are busy every night with our kids.” You know, maybe I was lucky, for I grew up in a house that couldn’t afford anything outside of the basics: some new clothes once a year at school time, food every day, a trip to the thrift store every once in awhile, and one fun vacation for the six of us. I never had the chance of playing any sports outside of the home until I reached high school. Because of this, I don’t have any perspective about the power of club sports, cheerleading, etc.; however, I wonder if we are doing our kids a disservice?

By |2017-03-03T10:24:50-05:00December 15th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Focused|Tags: , |
Load More Posts