Week 5: Risk Taking and why it is important for your kids!

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 [...]

Week 4: Teach them to the importance of humor

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 [...]

Week 3: If you give your kid a cell phone, kiss your family goodbye.

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 [...]

Week 2: Why is great communication key for your kid’s growth?

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 [...]

Week 1: Building Connection. Nothing is more important to your family.

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, [...]

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 |2016-12-03T11:11:48-05:00September 28th, 2016|Categories: Flavor|Tags: , , , , |

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 |2017-02-08T13:02:16-05:00September 26th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Patient|Tags: , , , , |

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 |2016-12-03T11:11:49-05:00September 26th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Personable|Tags: , , , , , |

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 |2016-12-03T11:11:49-05:00September 26th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Happy|Tags: , , , , , |

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 |2016-12-03T11:11:50-05:00September 23rd, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Compassionate|Tags: , , , , |

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 |2016-12-03T11:11:50-05:00September 21st, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Patient, Poems|Tags: , , , , , |

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 |2016-12-03T11:11:50-05:00September 21st, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Ingenious|Tags: , , , , , |

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 |2016-12-03T11:16:01-05:00September 20th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Communicative|Tags: , , , , , |

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 |2016-12-03T11:16:02-05:00September 20th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Communicative, Be Thrifty|Tags: , , , , , |

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 |2016-12-03T11:16:02-05:00September 20th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Communicative, Poems|Tags: , , , , , |

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 |2016-12-03T11:16:03-05:00September 19th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Patient|Tags: , , , , , |

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 |2016-12-03T11:16:03-05:00September 15th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Happy|Tags: , , , , , |
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