It is easy to say, spend more time with your kids. The challenge is, in today’s world, where many parents are required to both leave home and invest 40-60 hours a week in a career, that request, “more time,” sometimes feels impossible. When a parent loses a job, there is an immediate impact for the family. Yes, financially, things have changed; however, the family has to deal with a significant number of changes. How do parents help their family survive during this tough time? Below are 8 things to consider while figuring out what is next for your career.
What one thing should you encourage in your kids? You obsess over your child’s future. I know because I do the same. There are so many traits we want to develop in our kids. They are all important but going after all of them can seem overwhelming. Unfortunately, there isn’t enough time or money to do everything. As parents, we simply need to be selective.
For me, becoming a single dad wasn’t unlike showing up for your first day of work on a new job. In a foreign country. Where you don’t speak the language. I recruited my friend who has two kids for my “journey of a thousand steps” by taking a trip [...]
Raising a son is different from raising a girl in some areas, as they get older, but we will get into that later. As my son gets older, he becomes more aware of his surroundings and watches and listens to what is going on in our lives. It's now [...]
All the toys scattered on the floor, Which become a minefield to my feet. All the curse words I hold in, Knowing my son would repeat. All the channels on the tv, Yet he wants to watch YouTube clips. So I sit, listening to his laughter. Wondering why he's [...]
Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed. [...]
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 up when they are down. It takes something drastic to change and mold them. Before [...]
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 hovers, and you have a hard time deciding what’s actually going on. Whatever you feel [...]
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 for next time? I think it's not a matter of if we are resilient, I [...]
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 must show resilience and also show a positive attitude when our children are present. I firmly believe we must be a model for our children in all traits.
“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 if we have taught the kids anything is to work hard and be resilient. I [...]
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 not sticking correctly. You have to try one more time. Life's tough buddy. I'll be [...]
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 right again. I don’t say this outright to our children because I don’t want to unnecessarily [...]
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 trying to talk with Mom. Eli turned to Ervin and said, "Stop, you are [...]
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 have chores, and I didn't have much stress, except being bullied at school. I never [...]
Raising any child has its challenges. Some of them turn out to be blessings for the parents, and others can be heartbreaking. We are raising a child on the opposite side of the world from my family. In our home, I speak English to him, and his mother speaks Russian. [...]
The silence of the night broken, by my son's cries. Coughing, choking. I'm still half asleep, yet wide awake, hoping this moment is a dreamt nightmare. Panicking, In my bare essentials I run to his room, where he sits, surrounded by his vomit. "Noah noo sick" He says as I [...]