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The Joy Of Fatherhood

When it's two in the morning and my son wakes up screaming, And all I want is one night of only sweet dreaming. Then there's the times when I'm with him in the day When he won't listen or even do a single thing I say. Then there's the days [...]

By | 2016-12-03T11:11:37+00:00 October 24th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Accountable, Poems|Tags: , , |10 Comments

What 400 Conversations With Parents Have Taught Me

So, my wife took my cell phone and went off hiking with my mother-in-law. I am sitting in our camper at Volga River State Recreational area near Fayette, IA. No wireless network, except for the ex-marine who has labeled his WIFI connection ‘Don’t even think about it.’ The temperature outside [...]

By | 2016-12-03T11:11:47+00:00 September 30th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits|Tags: |15 Comments

The Unstoppable Force

I thought I was persistent, and then I had my youngest child Alonzo. Ever since he was a baby he was the most relentless and stubborn person I have ever met in my life. We claim that he finally slept through the night when he was four, but he is [...]

By | 2016-12-03T11:11:48+00:00 September 28th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Adventurous, Be Persistent|Tags: , , , |13 Comments

5 Things That Can Destroy A Man’s Confidence

Confidence. It seems that the more people I talk to, the underlying issue to a lot of their problems is lack of confidence. I have personally struggled greatly from a lack of confidence in one way or another, and it has greatly affected the way I did things in my [...]

By | 2016-12-03T11:11:49+00:00 September 26th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Confident|Tags: , , |8 Comments

Be Patient

“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh Patience is truly a virtue that is needed for the upbringing of our children. Children are still unaware of other’s needs; at this stage, they only understand what they need, [...]

By | 2017-02-08T13:02:16+00:00 September 26th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Patient|Tags: , , |22 Comments

5 Steps to Making Your Child More Personable

Here in Charleston, outgoing, lovely Southern Bells lay on the charm as thick as the syrupy sweet tea we all love. The ladies here like to dress in heals and Lilly Pulitzer dresses just to run to the grocery store. My shy, tom-boy of a daughter is only slightly out [...]

By | 2016-12-03T11:11:49+00:00 September 26th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Personable|Tags: , , |17 Comments

Be Happy: A Letter to My Daughter

Dear E.C., One of the greatest lessons you can learn in life is that happiness is a choice. Depending on how much of your grandmother is in you--I swear she is the East Coast distributor of worry--you may have a tendency towards melancholy. But you can choose to be [...]

By | 2016-12-03T11:11:49+00:00 September 26th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Happy|Tags: , , | Comments

5 ways your dog is preparing you for fatherhood

Before deciding to have a baby, many couples decide to adopt a dog first. They do this for a reason – dogs can very well prepare you for fatherhood and make you a better parent one day. If you’re wondering how a dog could help, think about it for a [...]

By | 2016-12-03T11:11:50+00:00 September 23rd, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Compassionate|Tags: , , |11 Comments

Patience is a Hannah, Hannah is a Grace

“Charity suffereth long…” (1 Corinthians 13) Patience is letting you stop to smell the gardenias, to feel the grassy-sweet summer rain on your way in from a barefoot walk in the park, footfalls muted by the sounds of the twilight bark.*   Patience is taking the time for time-outs when [...]

By | 2016-12-03T11:11:50+00:00 September 21st, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Patient, Poems|Tags: , , |5 Comments

That’s bloody ingenious. How to Instill Ingenuity In Your Children

I recently watched a television program about castles in the UK and it started with Dover, a majestic place that started out as a Roman lighthouse to guide and merchant ship to shore. The main fort was built by William the Conqueror as a defense against any invading army to protect [...]

By | 2016-12-03T11:11:50+00:00 September 21st, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Ingenious|Tags: , , |12 Comments

I want to TALK! Can we just have a conversation?

These days, technology or electronics are definitely taking over people’s lives! Cell phones, IPods, Televisions, Video Games, etc. all consume large portions of our time. Now, communicating and simple conversations among the family is somewhat a lost cause for our generation and future generations. We are at a point in [...]

By | 2016-12-03T11:16:01+00:00 September 20th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Communicative|Tags: , , |11 Comments

5 Ways To Increase Financial Communication Between Couples

Increasing Financial Communication Between Couples can save marriages. Check out these 5 ways to increase your financial communication with your spouse.  Learn the differences about what money means to men and women. Hold a monthly budget meeting. Become a good listener. Define your goals with your spouse. Set individual [...]

By | 2016-12-03T11:16:02+00:00 September 20th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Communicative, Be Thrifty|Tags: , , |12 Comments

Goo goo ga ga!

I want to learn a new language, which I can use everyday, I don't care if other people don't understand the words I say. I know at times I struggle with speaking my native tongue English, but even this new language to me sounds like gibberish. So I listen very [...]

By | 2016-12-03T11:16:02+00:00 September 20th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Communicative, Poems|Tags: , , |8 Comments

Just take a break

They say patience is a virtue, and I will admit it is one I don’t have. I have learned more about being patient since having kids, that I did the rest of my life. I am the most impatient and relentless person I have ever met; the kind of impatient [...]

By | 2016-12-03T11:16:02+00:00 September 20th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Adventurous, Be Patient|Tags: , , , |19 Comments

Patience is a Lost Art

There are a great many things that we excel at today. One of them is developing technologies that allow for a higher level of convenience in our lives. The techno-dreamers have blown our minds with their creations. If you are like me and you remember having to use a pencil [...]

By | 2016-12-03T11:16:03+00:00 September 19th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Patient|Tags: , , |9 Comments

Being Communicative.

In my youth, I was very awkward around strangers and the task of speaking to an Aunt, Uncle or Cousin was even extremely nerve-wracking to me.  Because of this, I pour a lot of energy into introducing my son to as many people as possible in these early months. I [...]

By | 2016-12-03T11:16:03+00:00 September 15th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Communicative|Tags: , , |12 Comments

How can we be more observant and inspire our kids?

Isn’t inspiration the best way to ignite your child’s interest in learning? One of the best ways to get them involved in learning is to inspire them to question everything. “Don’t just teach your kids to read, teach them to question what they read. Teach them to question everything.“-George Carlin [...]

By | 2016-12-03T11:16:04+00:00 September 12th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Inspired|Tags: , , |20 Comments

Live to Inspire

I have always had people in my life that have cheered me on and encouraged me to never stop learning. Sure, I heard people say it in public speaking, or a professor will plea with their students to never stop learning, but nothing compares to the inspiration I find in [...]

By | 2016-12-03T11:16:04+00:00 September 7th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Inspired|Tags: , , |7 Comments
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