Executive Summary: Risk Taking and why it is important for your kids! According to research, "Risk is an essential component of a balanced childhood. Exposure to healthy risk, particularly physical, enables children to experience fear, and learn the strengths and limitations of their own body." (1) With that being the [...]
Executive Summary: Teach them to the importance of humor A good sense of humor isn’t limited to adults alone, it transcends to little children also. It is important that they know how to have fun while at home, school or in the neighborhood. Laughing and having fun is a [...]
Executive Summary: kids and a cell phone... bad idea. I get it. “We can’t organize all of our activities without a phone.” “My kid is different; they only use it for calling me.” “If my kid doesn’t have a phone, they will be picked on.” “Smart Phones are not [...]
Executive Summary: Why is great communication key for your kid's growth? Very few things are more important than open communication in any relationship. That's doubly important in the family! If you are a busy family, which most families are, the importance you need to place on establishing good solid [...]
Executive Summary: Why is Creating a Connection Your Most Important Role as a parent? There is nothing more vital for you to do as a parent than establish your family as a safe place for your kids. Studies show: Children who experience a lack of emotional support, no connection, [...]
A good friend of mine, and my minister, Jed Mullinex, says to be closer to God, one must love the things God Loves. Simple enough. I would imagine the opposite is true as well. To be further from God, love the things God doesn’t love. Today, I am excited to introduce you a father who presented me with a ‘teachable moment’ without trying. If you know me or follow this blog, you know I am a believer in Jesus Christ. I have found refuge in knowing that in my toughest times, God has had his hand in my life. Often I didn’t deserve his grace, but thankfully, he was there.
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Does this sound familiar to you or anyone you know? Eddie is on the outside trying to be in his daughter’s life. Her mother has moved on and another man is playing the role of father for his girl. He asks me, “What can I do?”
I didn’t want an open adoption. We were no strangers to the adoption process having “survived” our first adoption and we were comfortable with the fact that our oldest boy Eli’s birth family would have nothing to do with how he was going to be raised. My head was [...]
Say yes only when certain, no, when unsure. If plans change, let them know: They just might still need that yes. Remember, a fork in the road is often two right choices. Make the better one, and take it as far as it will take you. Know [...]
As the colder temperatures roll in, it can be difficult to stay motivated and active, as a family. The days are getting shorting, the air is getting crisper, and that couch and your Roku player are seeming more and more like the best scenario. But as parents, we need [...]
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 [...]
Championship season is here. The Penguins just took home the Stanley Cup. Within the next few days, the battle between Lebron and Steph will be over. This year's NBA Champs will hold up the trophy signifying that they're the best in the league. At the [...]
Everything we do requires patience in one form or other. From childhood, we are taught to be patient. Child: I'm hungry Parent: Food is coming, be patient. Child: I want to be a grown up Parent: Be patient, you are a child once and once only. We didn't listen to [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
“Don’t worry. Be happy.” It seems simple, but it’s certainly not. Worry is one of the biggest killers of happiness, but things like sickness, death, stress, pain, and a plethora of other things can fight against our happiness. Here’s the thing about it, though... they don’t make you unhappy. [...]
Usually, when I sit down to write, I find myself easing into a natural flow of words, sentences, and paragraphs as my mind ebbs and flows its contents onto the pages like a calm river on its journey towards fulfilling the knowledge of the sea. However, when I tried to sit down and think how to write about happiness as a trait, I found myself hit with a challenge that I wasn’t sure how to overcome.
For all the occasions, In fatherhood of sheer frustration. It's a fit of shouting and screaming, For no apparent reason. When we're crossing the road, Yet refusing my hand to hold. There's toys all over the floor, And you still want more. It's one in the morning, You're showing [...]
A personal mentor and father of five once said to me, “Jed, if there is one thing I wish I would have done differently in raising my five children, it is…” I had called Dave after several months of suitruggling internally with my own glaring imperfections and inconsistencies as a father, hoping that he would offer me some nugget of insight or encouragement that would give me the endurance to keep running forward in this ultra-marathon of life we call parenthood. Before I share how Dave finished his sentence, put yourself in the shoes of an empty-nest father and grandfather in his late sixties now looking back over the long, joyful, and sometimes painstaking road of rearing five children to maturity before sending them out into the world.