Shut It! Lessons in Respect

Everything we do as parents reflect on the lessons taught to us by our parents: from our manners, our personal characteristics, and even our social behavior. Any good parent will take the positives and try to pass them on to their children. At the same time, we try to adjust [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:11:34-05:00October 29th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Respectful|Tags: , , , |

Be Respectful

Today we live in a world where there is a lot of hate, negativity, and so much disrespect going around. We turn on the tv and all we see these days are people arguing, using inappropriate words, and just being disrespectful to one other. When children are born, they are [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:11:35-05:00October 29th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Respectful|Tags: , , , |

The “Be Nice” Jar

I'm a father of five children. Yes, five. Their ages are as follows: One teen, two pre-teens who are the same age, a preschooler, and a toddler. My hands are full. My wife and I are both previously divorced with children from our first marriages. When I first met my [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:11:35-05:00October 28th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Mindful, Be Respectful|Tags: , , |

Be Respectful

Divorce is hard. It’s hard for everyone. The husband. The wife. Both sides of the family. Shared friends. But most of all…..the kids. That was the number one reason why I worked for years to try to salvage my marriage. I knew that our girls would suffer more than [...]

By |2018-04-12T23:57:30-05:00October 28th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Respectful|Tags: , , , |

Don’t Let Chivalry Die.

I warn you, this post starts off talking about my kids, moves onto some politics, and back to my kids. I have warned you. When did people stop holding doors open for others? When something unpleasant to downright terrible happens, why is it so often most people turn and look [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:11:36-05:00October 27th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Respectful|Tags: , , |

Watch Your Mouth! Be Respectful. 5 Lessons That Last a Lifetime

I was always taught to be respectful to others. Almost like a drill sergeant growing up with my mother, she'd instill in me basic manners and etiquette. Here are the top five things she taught me that I would never forget: Say please and thank you for everything and anything.  I [...]

By |2017-06-30T00:12:27-05:00October 26th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Respectful|Tags: , , |

How to keep your shoes in the house. A Simple Lesson on Respect

I remember my mom grabbing my $100 pair of tennis shoes I had bought with my money, opening the front door and slinging them out onto the front lawn and sidewalk. I thought mom was bluffing until the moment when the shoes left her hand and slowly twirled in the [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:11:36-05:00October 26th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Respectful|Tags: , , |

The Role of the Partner: Birth

40 weeks (give or take) have come and gone. The big day is here. Whether you’re driving her to the hospital or filling up the birthing tub in your living room, chances are you’re nervous and excited. Your biggest job during birth is to protect the laboring mother and her [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:11:37-05:00October 25th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Respectful|Tags: , , , |

Dear Dad

I don’t remember when we first met, but I know you do. I know you do because I will always remember when I first met my child. I never understood the unconditional nature of a father’s love until that moment when I first laid eyes on this tiny person I [...]

By |2017-02-06T00:23:27-05:00October 14th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Authentic, Be In the Moment, Be Respectful|Tags: , , , |

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.

By |2017-03-16T10:50:49-05:00June 19th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Authentic, Be Respectful|Tags: , |

From Taylor to Dad

About the Author's Father Ed @360_parenting provides single parent  resources for those hurt and waiting for justice to be served. All parents matter! #Dadsmatter#pas #childabuse #tellthestory                            What is GetConnectDAD? @GetConnectDAD is an international project focused on One goal:  More ConnectDAD families. [...]

By |2017-02-06T00:23:30-05:00June 19th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Authentic, Be Respectful|Tags: , , |

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.

By |2017-03-03T14:14:31-05:00June 18th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Authentic, Be Respectful|Tags: , |

Dear Dad

HAPPY FATHERS DAY!!! You were then and are now the greatest man I will ever know. The older I got the more I found myself thinking what would Dad do in any situation. Usually the convo in my head starts as "well dad always said". The lessons you taught me  [...]

By |2017-02-06T00:23:31-05:00June 18th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Authentic, Be Respectful|Tags: , , |

Mother’s Day 2017

Check out what Amanda Hughey can do for you!!!! As a father, committed to becoming a better dad, I spend a great deal of time thinking, writing, researching, talking and practicing on the subject of parenthood. The amazing thing is, Laurie, my wife, and mother of Eli and [...]