Don’t Be Scared…My Letter to a Teenage Mother

Teen mother, single mother, married mother, stepmother, divorced mother…every single type of mother mentioned can be an overwhelming task. I know, because I have had the opportunity of being every ONE of those mothers at some point in my life. However, the overall common denominator is MY CHILDREN.

Encourage Others and Encourage Yourself

Encouragement is promoting one’s well being and helping them strive to their full potential. In order to teach our children to be encouraging we must show them by our own actions towards others and how we raise them should be encouraging as well. Encouragement goes a long way. It helps with self-image and can help others feel good and motivate them to push themselves to pursue their dreams.

By |2017-08-03T14:53:46+00:00August 3rd, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Encouraging|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Love, Compassion and Life

Parenting is hard. It has always been hard, and rightly so because raising children is a huge achievement. It’s even harder if we read a bunch of parenting books that often present an endless list of positive qualities our children should espouse. All these suggestions and guidelines can send [...]

Empowering Emotional Engagement – Your Child’s Emotional Labyrinth

In a recent post, I discussed how to raise an empathic child. In that post, I mentioned a key element to developing an empathic child is to have them engage and understand their own emotions. The question is how do we empower our children to do this? Before I start, [...]

By |2017-04-27T16:18:37+00:00April 26th, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Communicative|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Why Your Kids Should Have Grit

What one thing should you encourage in your kids? You obsess over your child’s future. I know because I do the same. There are so many traits we want to develop in our kids. They are all important but going after all of them can seem overwhelming. Unfortunately, there isn’t enough time or money to do everything. As parents, we simply need to be selective.

By |2017-03-29T22:59:17+00:00March 29th, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Resilient|Tags: , |0 Comments

Fueling an Innovative Child

“Innovative” seems to be a very trendy tag word that gets thrown around a lot these days and is synonymous with original, unprecedented, novel, experimental, etc. It’s a descriptor that you’re likely to read about in a Forbes or Business Insider article discussing a CEO of a major company or designer of an up-and-coming product. Oh, and it’s a word that I can’t imagine would ever be used to describe me by anyone that knows me and interacts with me on a regular basis.

By |2017-04-11T00:04:21+00:00February 6th, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Curious|Tags: , |0 Comments

Are We Teaching Our Kids to Be Tough?

Our collective children need to have one trait to make it in this crazy world and it is to be tough. Being tough was a necessity during my childhood growing up black in the deep south. My year-and-a-half old daughter Avery will grow up in different surroundings yet face [...]

By |2017-01-26T16:18:51+00:00January 18th, 2017|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Tough|Tags: , |0 Comments

Four Christmas Wishes

By Julian Caldwell | This week's Trait is "Be Hopeful." What a great week for hope to be the center of my thoughts for my boys and my family. Christmas is this weekend, my family is coming into town, my kids are working on their best behavior (sort [...]

By |2016-12-22T13:23:57+00:00December 20th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Compassionate|Tags: , , |0 Comments

How To Stay Focused On Your Goals When Disaster Or Impulse Strikes

Setting goals is important in our lives, right? They give us something to strive for. We set them to motivate ourselves to achieve a place that we think will be better in our lives. But, what happens when disaster strikes and you find yourself facing an emergency situation? How [...]

By |2016-12-18T01:46:00+00:00December 16th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Focused, Be Thrifty|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Five Questions to Ask Yourself. Are you just too busy?

Sunday at church, I ran into an awesome lady who used to organize Sunday night volleyball for a bunch of out of shape adults. I mentioned to her how much I missed those two hours each Sunday and wished we all still got together. She agreed and then responded, “We are busy every night with our kids.” You know, maybe I was lucky, for I grew up in a house that couldn’t afford anything outside of the basics: some new clothes once a year at school time, food every day, a trip to the thrift store every once in awhile, and one fun vacation for the six of us. I never had the chance of playing any sports outside of the home until I reached high school. Because of this, I don’t have any perspective about the power of club sports, cheerleading, etc.; however, I wonder if we are doing our kids a disservice?

By |2017-03-03T10:24:50+00:00December 15th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Focused|Tags: , |0 Comments

Everyday Will Feel Like Christmas Day to Me

I remember the first time I saw him and held him in my arms I knew the meaning of life, my meaning of life, my purpose. I find myself loving and secretly hating watching him grow. Like every day he's changing, amazes me and yet I've lost a yesterday I [...]

By |2016-12-14T14:24:42+00:00December 14th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Passionate|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Raising Children During the Technology Era

@GetConnectDAD is an international project focused on One goal:  More ConnectDAD families.   We are 150 writers from around the world, focused on 52 Traits we want in our children. Each week, parents from around the world are writing on a specific topic as part of a year's worth of introspection [...]

By |2016-12-17T13:19:06+00:00December 13th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Self-Disciplined|Tags: , |0 Comments

A Letter to Santa

As a military parent having the opportunity to share a first time with your child is wonderful. A little while ago, I had my son Leonardo write Santa Claus a letter. It wasn’t the easiest project in the world, but I enjoyed every minute of the experience. I relish [...]

By |2016-12-17T00:59:42+00:00December 12th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Empathetic, Be Faithful|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Finding meaning through Focus

I am pretty sure the word “focus” comes out of my mouth on a daily basis. I say it whether it is about homework, sports, chores or even just eating dinner. I am pretty sure the word will haunt my boys for the rest of their life, like my [...]

By |2016-12-12T14:56:49+00:00December 9th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Focused|Tags: , |0 Comments

Bitter Bickering and Bull$*it Fights: Stay on Your Purpose

Boss, Do you ever have fights with your baby Mumma so much that it’s almost like every interaction turns into some stupid little dispute?  No matter how you approach it, no matter how nice you are…Fight after fight after fight.  Since when did you become this person?  Since when [...]

By |2016-12-09T17:11:21+00:00December 9th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Compassionate, Uncategorized|Tags: |0 Comments

‘Welcome to the team’ An incredible story about determination.

In the words of Uncle Ben (Spider-Man's uncle for anyone who doesn't follow the comic book world) 'with great power comes great responsibility.' In my words 'with great determination comes great results'. Dear readers, my working career hasn't been the greatest, I was stuck in one job for eleven [...]

By |2016-12-05T23:13:48+00:00December 5th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Persistent|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The big scary monster in a red suit

So we enter the door with the sign saying grotto. Behind other parents holding hands of other infants thinking they're all on death row. And so we wait, and to me for what seems like an eternity, so to a child, bloody hell it must seem like an eternity [...]

By |2016-12-05T00:03:47+00:00December 5th, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Adventurous, Poems|Tags: , |0 Comments

A Family Circle of Life Lessons

From his father, he learned how to work outside the home— the soft skills of negotiation, of the sport of friendly competition, of working as part of a team, and of being a leader, for he followed the great ones. But most of all, he learned how to treat [...]

By |2016-12-03T22:37:23+00:00December 3rd, 2016|Categories: 52 Traits, Be Empowered|Tags: |0 Comments
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