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, [...]

It’s simple! Just #GetACTIVE and #GetOutside

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 [...]

By |2017-06-30T00:01:02-05:00November 14th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Adventurous|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: , , , |

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 [...]

Real Dads, Real Kids, Real Life

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 [...]

By |2017-06-30T00:09:52-05:00October 20th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Authentic|Tags: , , , , , , |

I Was Forced To Eat 60 Plums. 3 Ways To Teach Resilience To Your Kids.

This morning, Laurie (my wife) and I were sitting at the table with our boys (ages 5 & 3) like we normally do. Ervin, the youngest was talking over Eli, the oldest, while he was trying to talk with Mom. Eli turned to Ervin and said, "Stop, you are [...]

By |2017-09-06T22:36:06-05:00October 17th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Resilient|Tags: , , , |

Be Positive: How do we keep our kids protected?

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 [...]

By |2017-06-30T00:06:51-05:00October 17th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Positive|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Positively Charged

“There are eight hundred happy texts…(a)nd do you know, my father said that if God took the trouble to tell us eight hundred times to be glad and rejoice, He must have wanted us to do it.” --Hayley Mills as “Pollyanna” (1960)   Positivity may not always change the outcome, [...]

By |2017-06-30T00:25:11-05:00October 13th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Positive, Poems|Tags: , , , , , |

Tigger, the Ultimate Optimist

“Keep your face to the sunshine, and you cannot see a shadow.”- Helen Keller It’s easy to be positive when the world is buzzing around you, bringing the choicest pollen to make the sweetest honey. I have met people like that, who seem like they have the equivalent of a [...]

By |2017-08-24T00:09:43-05:00October 10th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Positive|Tags: , , , , , , |

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 [...]

Unconditional Love

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 [...]

We Are Adventurous

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.

By |2019-02-10T00:36:34-05:00May 17th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Adventurous|Tags: , , , , , |

Scared of my shadow? Check. How To Teach Confidence

I would love to say I have been confident my entire life; however, the truth is, when I was a young man, I was scared of most everything.  In today's world, most would say my parents were helicopter parents.  For better or worse, they believed that the rest of the [...]