Sports athletes are great, but dads are the real MVPs in their kids lives.

The USA won 121 medals at the 2016 Olympics in Rio this past summer. Americans young and old cheered on the athletes who gave it all they had at every event. My girls were especially elated to watch Gabby Douglas, Simone Biles, and Simone Manuel competes. Of course, now they’re eager to […]

Authenticity, the biggest thing I can teach my son.

As our children grow up and start school and start making friends, the pressure to fit in with the other kids is intense. This is the beginning stage of our kids “finding themselves.”  It is also the time when they start comparing who they are with the others around them. As parents, we have to teach […]

What have our children come to teach us? Be Authentic

In our effort to instruct, inform and guide our children, we often forget the importance of just allowing them to be, to experience something without our commentary. Simply put, when we stop talking and truly observe and listen, we witness children’s organic intelligence. And they teach us, they prod […]

Our Selves

We were created,

not without form or void,

but fearfully and wonderfully made.

When two of our worlds cross paths—

be they church or work,

work or home—

the inhabitants of each should recognize us

as being the person they know.

Be the genuine article that comes

with a certificate of authenticity.

Counterfeiters will be returned.

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Give Them Roots: Instilling Values in our Children

By Stephanie Lowry (SIC Mama)

As a mother of five with Italian heritage, I feel an immense need to instill family values and deepen my children’s understanding of the roots in which they are planted.

A truly memorable and engaging way we accomplish this is by taking trips down memory lane… literally.

Dear Dad

On this Father’s Day, I want you to know one thing…I forgive you.

It’s been many years since we’ve spoken.

And it may be many years more before we speak again.

You don’t know me.

And I don’t know you.

We probably never did.

So, on this Father’s Day, I want you to know me.

I’m a lucky father of three beautiful children.

It’s […]

Dear Dad

I wish you were still here to see all the things I am doing. I started playing guitar after you died. You would love what I am doing with my children’s music. I remember when you gave Kim the guitar. You never knew I would be the one who would learn to play. I’m working on my fourth CD for children now. You would be so proud. I miss you so much and I miss your love and support. I asked you on your deathbed what you were thinking about and you said, “my family.” I know that you didn’t always get what it meant to be an involved father and you did a lot of things wrong, but I heard you as you knew and regretted those mistakes. You loved us all very much and I know if you could come back you would do so many things differently.

Dear Dad

Dear Dad, Thank you for everything that you provided for our family as I was growing up. As an adult I sometimes think back and remember how comfortable I was growing up, and I don’t recall ever really wanting for much. However, I also recall that as I grew older, you didn’t interact and spend much time with your children. Over the last several years I have tried to figure out how that happened. How could you be such a good provider and create a comfortable home life, but not be a part of other family life activities? As I mulled it over the last 2 or 3 days, I think I finally figured it out.

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