As universal and fundamental as parenting is, not everyone agrees on what the rules really are. Parenting styles vary widely, and many times, conventional wisdom gets challenged by new scientific developments. If you are a new parent or considering becoming one, it’s important for you to decide on significant [...]
Growing up, I had many siblings; I had a biological brother, a step brother, a half brother, a half sister, and even an adopted sister. With many siblings, you would think I wouldn't need other friends. My story isn't one with a happy ending. None of my siblings are [...]
When I was younger, my parents, especially my Father, wanted to ensure that I was self-sufficient, self-motivated, but most importantly, self-disciplined. We all learn what is right and what is wrong, we develop a moral compass that points us in the right direction, the hardest thing to teach our [...]
Two years ago, my infant nephew was tragically and unexpectedly killed while under the care of his sitter. It started as a normal morning. He was dropped off with some play and smiles with his dad. Less than an hour later, there was a phone call. Recently in my [...]
Tell me about your family! Where do you live? How many kids? What do you do for fun? I am blessed to have four children, ages 7-16 years old, who I homeschool in Berkeley, CA. My adorable and super-involved husband is a teacher for Oakland Unified School District. We [...]
Holy cow. What a summer. I was just laying in bed this morning thinking, “Where on earth did our summer go?” It is the first weeks of August and school starts in a couple of weeks. If your family is like ours, we are simply running out of time. [...]
The little girl stands at the doorstep, smiling after asking the question. Noah shouts "hello" to the little girl, then asks “can I go out please Daddy?” I begrudgingly say, “yes” and give him a five-minute limit.
Lessons on the Landing: How to be intentional about incrementally training a child for long-term success.
When I was new in my faith, the mother of a young, strong-willed boy, I despaired when I saw behaviors that alarmed me, and I wondered what to do. Adamantly refusing to say, “I’m sorry” or “I forgive you…” bonking his friend with the toy…demanding “I lead YOU, Mommy!” and refusing my authority as parent…would this lead him far from God? Would he grow up and become a drug dealer or a convict?!
“Darkness, like all things in this world is not just a partial or total absence of light; it is a metaphor. I wish nothing more than for my child to be fearless of the dark….whatever form it takes.” When we are children, fear of the dark is simply that; [...]
Encouragement is promoting one’s well being and helping them strive to their full potential. In order to teach our children to be encouraging we must show them by our own actions towards others and how we raise them should be encouraging as well. Encouragement goes a long way. It helps with self-image and can help others feel good and motivate them to push themselves to pursue their dreams.
Last year I noticed that my oldest son (then 8 years old) was starting to become obsessed with materialistic stuff. Always talking about the size of this or that house, the cool new toys he saw advertised, expensive cars, etc. He wasn’t lacking anything he needed (or even wanted [...]
I don't have many memories from my life as a young child: a few images or feelings that, given the malleability of memory, may or may not represent reality. With this letter (and perhaps others in the future), I hope to provide my son with a window into his life and our relationship during his early childhood years.
One of the key things I want my children to learn is to remain HUMBLE. We were once at rock bottom, living in the shelter while their mom was pregnant. This was not an ideal situation for anyone, but we got through it and back on our feet. We are not better than anyone else and at one point in time, we were probably in a very similar situation.
The constant in our lives, what we have control over, is US. I am my own stumbling block. My greed and selfishness outshine my generosity..
Kindergarten is without a doubt, the most amazing time in a child's life. The growth seen from the first day of Kindergarten to the last day of Kindergarten is tremendous. Most Kindergarten students will find increased success when both, mom and dad are part of their learning. Prior to even [...]
Every father has a day that becomes his first real Father’s Day. It’s the day when you come face to face with the responsibilities and when you know deep down that you are a father. It is something that can only sort of be imagined until it happens.
If you could stop time and look around, what would you see? As parents, we live busy lives. If you are like me, we’re always pushing the kids to get ready a quickly. “Come on - we have to go! Why don’t you have your shoes on, yet?” Between working (sometimes more than one job) and keeping up with our kids’ lives, we just don’t seem to have time. As we keep active and try to keep on schedule for the next activity, we often miss what is actually happening.
GetConnectDad.com has one goal: Create More Connected Families. As part of that goal, we have created an easy to follow 'template' that you can use to engage your family a little differently. This 4-week series is designed to help you identify areas in your family where you can gain some more time, build a more solid connection with your kids and enjoy your time together more fully!
According to my research, I have bought and used about 40,000 Pampers in my life. Boy, do those diapers tell a story. I am a decent father. My work pulls me away from my family too much; I am still too quick to ask for quiet; I spend too [...]
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 [...]