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 [...]

Ultimate Apple Crisp

Yield: 12 servings My favorite part of any apple crisp, is always the crispy, crumbly topping. So, I figured, why not sandwich the apple filling between two layers of crumbs? If you’ve got an excess of apples hanging around, say, from a recent apple-picking adventure, it’s a great way to [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:11:48+00:00September 28th, 2016|Categories: Flavor|Tags: , , , , |0 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 [...]

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 [...]

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, so a [...]

By |2017-02-08T13:02:16+00:00September 26th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Patient|Tags: , , , , |0 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+00:00September 26th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Personable|Tags: , , , , , |0 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+00:00September 26th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Happy|Tags: , , , , , |0 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+00:00September 23rd, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Compassionate|Tags: , , , , |0 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+00:00September 21st, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Patient, Poems|Tags: , , , , , |0 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+00:00September 21st, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Ingenious|Tags: , , , , , |0 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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+00:00September 19th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Patient|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

A Carefree Life

I find myself having to find self-restraint and not to laugh at many things that my children do. I have to act the grown up, be mature, be sensible and lead by example. In other words, I have to be the parent. There are days I want to stamp my [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:16:03+00:00September 15th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Happy|Tags: , , , , , |0 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+00:00September 15th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Communicative|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Just Listen

“Really? Wow, that is very cool; of course, you can.” I keep answering and telling my little one as his story and abilities become more and more grandiose in his story. He is 8 and can tell quite the tall tale when it comes to his physical and athletic [...]

By |2017-03-24T14:53:56+00:00September 15th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Communicative|Tags: , , , |0 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+00:00September 12th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Inspired|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

My Messy Inspiration

My Messy Inspiration I never thought I'd meet a messier eater until I met him of course, as on occasion at feeding times he'll feel the need to charge at me with hands caked in tomato sauce. Whenever he catches me secretly eating he insists on having [...]

By |2016-12-03T11:16:04+00:00September 9th, 2016|Categories: Poems|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments
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