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Be Empowered
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Be Forgiving

Finding Forgiveness with The Hulk

September 30th, 2016|15 Comments

There I was sitting criss cross applesauce on the floor of my Lowe’s Home Improvement store with my son. I realized I had just messed up the wood working project we embarked on 20 minutes earlier. Around us were kids hammering away on their projects when our project came to a quiet stop. I had made a mistake that could not be undone and I knew my son was going to be upset. Over the summer my son and I got involved with the Lowe’s Build and Grow program. This program teaches kids how to work with tools and develop new skills by completing small woodworking projects. This summer Lowe’s had the Avengers. My son and I were hooked on building them all.

A Lifetime of Pardons

July 7th, 2016|3 Comments

We forgive you, our Hannah Banana Beth, for breaking down our dishes to an odd number, and for putting random things into our drinking glasses when we aren’t looking;

“How would you like it if someone did that to you?”

July 7th, 2016|5 Comments

How do you teach someone a skill that you haven’t mastered yourself? How do you lead someone through a journey you don’t quite know how to navigate yourself? How do you teach your sons to be forgiving when you are still learning how to forgive? This is the predicament I face as a father in trying to teach my sons how to be forgiving. With having two rambunctious boys in the house, there are plenty opportunities to teach them how to be forgiving. Someone is usually getting kicked, punched, stepped or elbowed by accident or “accident”, on a daily basis. So the lessons on how to properly apologize and how to forgive are quite frequent.

Foregiveness

July 7th, 2016|4 Comments

Why is it so hard to forgive? First of all we have to be wronged in order to forgive. We [...]

The Hardest Part of Life is Doing It With Other People

July 7th, 2016|4 Comments

Without a doubt, the hardest part of life is doing it with other people. The very things that make us [...]

Unconditional Love

July 6th, 2016|6 Comments

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE (The art of forgiving) For all the occasions, In fatherhood of sheer frustration. It's a fit of shouting [...]

Be Forgiving: Because there’s all kinds of jerks out there

July 5th, 2016|5 Comments

We all do stupid things. We're inherently selfish beings who, at times, do things without any regard for others. We [...]

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“Money is not the only commodity that is fun to give. We can give time, we can give our expertise, we can give our love or simply give a smile. What does that cost? The point is, none of us can ever run out of something worthwhile to give.”
― Steve Goodier

Be A Good Steward

Food Memories. The Power of Smell and Simpler Times

February 28th, 2017|1 Comment

My daughter is 3 years old and we talk a lot. I started talking to her the day I knew I was pregnant and have gone on non stop. I have talked to her about my work , the people I meet, my hobbies, my husband and his interests, and sometimes even talk about what I read in the newspaper! When she was young, I think what really mattered to her was the sound of my voice. She used to try to make sounds too and we sure laughed together!

  • The Real Reason for Christmas

What is Christmas All About?

December 20th, 2016|1 Comment

By Andy Murphy | The Secure Dad Yesterday I ventured out to finish up my last minute [...]

Tears, Tantrums, or Togetherness. 

November 1st, 2016|5 Comments

Father of two. My wife suffered from postnatal depression after the birth of our first child, and this is how [...]

Empowerment Through Healthcare Decision Making

November 1st, 2016|4 Comments

Dads, when was the last time you scheduled a physical for yourself or took your child to their doctor appointment? [...]

My Wife is My Hero! 9 Things to Consider While Supporting Your Spouse Fighting Cancer

October 25th, 2016|13 Comments

Foreword: I wrote this article to help spouses supporting a spouse going through cancer treatments from diagnosis to treatment to [...]

What do you want life to look like?

October 25th, 2016|6 Comments

Yesterday, my wife and I were talking outside the RV while our daughter napped. The topic of conversation was [...]

“In a blink, it will all be gone.”

June 30th, 2016|3 Comments

1 Peter 4:10 "Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of [...]

  • I am a little bit scared, to be 100% honest

I have to say I’m scared. How having a new baby changes everything.

June 30th, 2016|5 Comments

I have never been a role model for anybody. I don’t mean I have done bad things and nobody should [...]

Father: A Faithful Steward

June 29th, 2016|5 Comments

Being someone who grew up in a Christian Church setting I heard the word “Stewardship” with a fair amount of [...]

It takes a broken man

June 29th, 2016|6 Comments

As I venture through the journey of being a father of two young boys, I can’t help to be filled [...]

Fatherhood – Stewardship

June 28th, 2016|1 Comment

  My kids and I share many things: an odd sense of humor, a fierce adherence to logic, and my [...]

The Passion Fruits of Life

June 27th, 2016|4 Comments

When you work, have passion for what you do,for they will see that you chose for they will see that [...]

Be a good Steward

June 27th, 2016|2 Comments

YOU CHANGED ME. Since the first moment I saw you, I lost myself within your eyes, And everytime since like [...]

Couragous Resolution | Become a Better Father

April 26th, 2016| Comments

November 25, 2013 by Scott Hammond THE RESOLUTION I do solemnly resolve before God to take full responsibility for myself, [...]

Teach your kids to ‘Stop in the Rain!’

March 19th, 2016| Comments

One night, at 11:30 p.m., an older African American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying [...]

The Importance of Being a Good Steward Highlighted by some incredible parents #52Trait. Click To Tweet

“Being nerdy just means being passionate about something, including everyone – the coolest people on Earth are passionate and therefore nerdy about something whatever it is, whether it’s sports, or gaming, or technology, or fashion, or beauty, or food, or whatever.”  – Zachary Levi

Be Passionate

Everyday Will Feel Like Christmas Day to Me

December 14th, 2016|0 Comments

I remember the first time I saw him and held him in my arms I knew the meaning of [...]

The Passion Fruits of Life

June 27th, 2016|4 Comments

When you work, have passion for what you do,for they will see that you chose for they will see that [...]

Be Passionate: 3 Things You Can Do To Destroy Your Odds of Becoming Successful

June 22nd, 2016|6 Comments

It isn’t easy to take an idea and transform it into a successful business. Many people have dreams of becoming [...]

Passionate Pursuit

June 21st, 2016|3 Comments

When people hear the word “passionate”, they often assume it is connected to the romantic realm; it’s just one of [...]

Be Passionate

June 21st, 2016|3 Comments

There are few words as overused as “passion”. It is often proliferated in career books or self-help books which preach [...]

Be passionate

June 17th, 2016|3 Comments

THE PASSION OF FATHERHOOD. It's something you can never expect nor come close to imagine, Yet in the first moments [...]

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“Truth never damages a cause that is just.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

Be Transparent

  • When good enough is enough

When Good Enough Is Enough

February 20th, 2017|7 Comments

Last week, I had to tell my kids that Dad would be looking for a new job again [...]

  • Is it normal to feel like a failure as a parent

Is it normal to feel like a failure as a parent?

January 29th, 2017|3 Comments

Is it normal to feel like a failure as a parent? It has nothing to do with [...]

Be Transparent

June 18th, 2016|4 Comments

When she was five, she saw her dad as he was. When she was ten, she saw him as others [...]

Fathering with Transparency

June 16th, 2016|1 Comment

There are so many quotes or phrases out there about transparency: “I’ve come to learn there is a virtuous cycle [...]

The Instant Replay

June 14th, 2016|3 Comments

“We all make mistakes sometimes / We all fail but we stand tonight / Look past, learn, and move on / We’re all here, you’re not the only one.” Lyrics from the song “Audrey, Start the Revolution!” by, the now disbanded alternative rock band, Anberlin. I started listening to Anberlin and heard this song for the first time during my early college days. These particular lyrics encapsulated something that I always found comforting (and still do)– someone, somewhere, has gone through or currently is going through the same thing as me; someone, somewhere goofed up, embarrassed themselves, and/or all out screwed up or made a mistake just like me. Hearing these lyrics, especially during my college days, reminded me that I wasn’t alone in my goof ups and “failures” (heaven knows I had many during that time).

Seeing through me, needing me

June 13th, 2016|8 Comments

It's not a drug substance nor a alcoholic drink addiction, But it's much more than a want, it's a need [...]

Check out how you can teach Transparency to your kids! #52Trait. Click To Tweet

“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”
― Rumi, The Essential Rumi

Be Empowered

Four Questions Every Parent Should be Asking about School

February 2nd, 2017|50 Comments

A parent’s involvement with their child’s education is imperative, but staying informed does not always necessitate visiting [...]

Empowering My Kids

January 19th, 2017|16 Comments

I grew up in rural, middle-class East Texas that was pretty evenly split between agricultural and industrial [...]

A Family Circle of Life Lessons

December 3rd, 2016|1 Comment

From his father, he learned how to work outside the home— the soft skills of negotiation, of the sport [...]

The Gentle Giant – Lessons in Empowerment From My Son

November 30th, 2016|3 Comments

I am a lucky dad; both of my boys are well mannered and kind human beings. My little one [...]

Becoming the leader of your pride

November 25th, 2016|1 Comment

Lord, There is no doubt that in being a Dad there is a shift in how you think and [...]

Creating a Financial Budget That Empowers

November 25th, 2016|1 Comment

Creating A Budget That Empowers You! When was the last time that you created a budget? What was the [...]

I Teach My Girls, “Women Rule”

November 14th, 2016|7 Comments

I'll be honest from the start; I don't take much interest in politics and the news in general. I [...]

Let Him Stay A Kid a Little Longer

October 18th, 2016|8 Comments

Every day, I realize how different you see things, how your imagination creates a whole new playground no matter where [...]

Developing Persistence by any Means Available

August 12th, 2016|9 Comments

The road through adolescence may seem like a long journey while it is happening, but in reality it is just [...]

Our political future. It’s All in Their Hands

August 1st, 2016|3 Comments

As the current election season rolls on and we now have a clearer picture of who will [...]

3 Steps To Help End Professional Jealousy

July 27th, 2016|4 Comments

  Are You Envious of Other Peoples Success? The 3 Steps I Took To Help End Professional Jealousy. Envy: [...]

Be Encouraged

June 9th, 2016|5 Comments

Encouragement is one of the most important elements to anyone’s development. The tool that great leaders use to set the [...]

Empower Him

June 7th, 2016|5 Comments

I know my words, For now he'll listen to. My actions, He'll try to mimic. Yet in the morrows, I [...]

This journey we call fatherhood is extraordinary…

June 7th, 2016|3 Comments

This journey we call fatherhood is extraordinary. In every way. From the birth of my first child, to the adoption of my second, to the arrival of my third, I am in awe of the little lives that have been entrusted to my care and my love. As much as I hope to teach them, they, by far, have taught me way more than I thought even possible. Through their adventures, I see the world in bright, new colors. Through their sleepy eyes, I am reminded, myself, to slow down. I relish in the pure bigness and unencumbered love they radiate towards me. How can I possibly hope to live up to their expectations of me? What can I possibly give to them that is more valuable, or at least of equal value, than the bursting joy they so freely share with me each day?

Be Empowered

June 6th, 2016|4 Comments

At the onset of my fatherhood, I made a very conscious effort to pay close attention to everything. In the beginning, that meant mostly the health of my wife and outfitting our home with things we would need for our twins’ arrival. It wasn’t very long before I had to prepare much more than that. That meant me…internally. As the months and trimesters went by, I saw myself intrinsically evolving into a father. The paternal instincts were budding and growing inside. Now, that’s not to say that angst, fear and uncertainty never crept in. In fact, there was a constant battle between the two extremes throughout the pregnancy. In most instances I felt relatively confident and assured that I could handle anything thrown my way. But at any given moment, that could change to doubt. Somehow, I still realized that this is probably normal and that most expectant fathers are likely to share these feelings at one point or another.

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“What day is it?”
It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
My favorite day,” said Pooh.”
― A.A. Milne

Be In the Moment

Lets Remove Sexism From Parenting

March 19th, 2017|0 Comments

To truly build a culture of empowered parenting we need to celebrate the collaborative work parents do.

On Sensitivity

March 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Being a dad is a delicate balance. In concert with my wife, we strive to find the perfect equilibrium of authority, encouragement, and “letting go” as we raise our three children in an ever-changing world. This is likely preaching to the choir, as I am sure most of you parents out there feel the same thing, to one degree or another. As my children grow, and learn more about themselves and the world around them, it is important to me that they are strong, self-confident, respectful, and kind. Still, there is one quality that is often overlooked, and even dismissed (or even marginalized as useless): be sensitive.

Lazy Dad Learns Politeness

March 12th, 2017|0 Comments

We are not the first parents to attempt to teach our children to be polite, I know that. This is a little about our trials. Recently, I heard our three year-old daughter saying the word “want” more often. As in: “I want water, or I want a snack.” I wasn’t concerned initially, then when it became daily I realized we had to start teaching her to say: “May I have some water?” Lately, that has been the subject of the day at our place. Trying to convert “I want” to “May I”. What a challenge it is! As we speak, she is hollering from the bathroom: “I’m done”…..

DO MISTAKES MAKE US BETTER PARENTS?

March 9th, 2017|0 Comments

Do mistakes make us better parents? Do we have time to make amends. Will we learn from our mistakes, Before we forget and do it again. Will we learn in time to say no?

I Really Didn’t Want to Go Fishing

March 7th, 2017|0 Comments

It was one of those rare Saturdays after I grew up and moved out that Dad and I found ourselves alone at the ranch. I was already living hours away in Houston and had driven to the ranch to unwind the spring of tension that was my life at that time. All I really wanted to do was nap on the sofa, but Mom was away at a convention and Dad had other ideas.

Making Your Home to Fit Your Family

March 6th, 2017|0 Comments

Moving to a new, bigger place, I thought that organizing and decorating would be a cakewalk. But as my husband and I started unpacking, we realized that we would have to adapt the place to our needs much more than we had previously thought. Honestly, I was happy because of this so-called complication, simply because I love the notion of nesting, and I tend to make these situations as fun as possible! Here are some of the changes we’ve made and plan to make soon, as we’d both like our boys to feel that this is our home, and we plan to stay here for a long time.

Leave The Rest Behind-Be In The Moment

March 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

Our adventure began in 1990. Time to leave the rest behind us and be in the moment. Therefore, dwelling on the past does not help. I could not worry about what the future held for us. Concentrating on the moment at hand is important. My neighbors decide they would follow us to Las Vegas, making sure that we got to where we are moving. My son is excited because it means his friend could see where he is living. I place my son in the front seat of the car and there are joyful thoughts on his face.

  • Tuning out? Why tuning in can help your kids.

Tuning out? Why tuning in can help your kids.

February 7th, 2017|2 Comments

Recently I was working with a mom who had this to say about raising her four children: [...]

  • A change is gonna come

A Change is Gonna Come

January 24th, 2017|11 Comments

 How do things change? How do we see improvements? What is it going to take for dads [...]

All The Superheroes Are Gone

October 28th, 2016|5 Comments

In a world without superheroes, I'll be there, Unconditionally with powers to care. I'll be there to protect him [...]

The Role of The Partner: Postpartum

October 24th, 2016|7 Comments

The Postpartum period is a time of significant adjustment for the entire family. Here are some things you can do [...]

Dear Dad

October 14th, 2016|6 Comments

I don’t remember when we first met, but I know you do. I know you do because I will always [...]

  • Letters to Dad from GetConnectDAD

Dear Dad

October 12th, 2016|4 Comments

I recently attended a church service in which the pastor spoke about the importance of living your life so that [...]

There ain’t enough hours in the day!

October 10th, 2016|4 Comments

I've always woke up early even on my days off I hate the thought of wasting time deep in slumber. [...]

The Woes of Fatherhood

October 6th, 2016|8 Comments

I never thought I'd meet a messier eater until I met him of course, as on occasion at feeding times [...]

Cosco, Evelyn’s Biggest Portaloo

October 5th, 2016|6 Comments

Evelyn was invited to a fancy dress party last week with the theme of Pirates and Fairies. Perfect timing as her [...]

7 Things You Can Do To Increase Mindfulness In Your Kids

October 5th, 2016|19 Comments

In today’s day and age of screen-time and busy schedules, it can be difficult for parents and children to find [...]

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

October 3rd, 2016|9 Comments

It was his first real holiday, only a few days away for the country and western festival in Brean. [...]

Get Out, It’s actually quite hard to go wrong.

August 24th, 2016|6 Comments

If you're like me you'll be reading this with your trousers (pants) around your ankles, an imaginary Hamlet cigar on [...]

Be Present, The Single BIGGEST Gift

August 12th, 2016|1 Comment

I’m not a Dad, but I am a Mom with a husband who qualifies for GREATEST DAD EVER status. As [...]

Fatherhood

June 18th, 2016|2 Comments

I don't remember a single birthday spent with my dear old dad,Guess that was a privilege or a curse that [...]

Finding Balance

June 8th, 2016|1 Comment

Bill and Pam Farrel, internationally-known speakers and authors, say it this way: “men are like waffles.” In [...]

Enjoying the Moment

June 8th, 2016|4 Comments

Maybe later. Not now. After dinner. Possibly tomorrow. We will see. I'm not sure if I can. I have to [...]

If we aren’t present, who is?

June 4th, 2016|3 Comments

This week, in preparation for some upcoming media interviews, I asked some of our most active fathers in the GetConnectDAD [...]

I’ve lost count

June 3rd, 2016|5 Comments

I've lost count, counting every strand of your hair, watching every expression on your mini me face without a single [...]

Poverty Mentality

June 3rd, 2016|3 Comments

I was raised with a poverty mentality. Do not get me wrong. I am thankful for how much my parents provided and invested in me. And I want to show gratitude for what shaped me in the past no matter what happened; however, there are certain traits in your personality that you keep as a result of where and how you grew up.

The Comfort of Ritual

June 2nd, 2016|1 Comment

Originally Posted on the Blog G's Father I wake up and my legs are telling me, like Obi-Wan with some [...]

IN A MOMENT 

June 1st, 2016|5 Comments

2.26 am was the moment it begun, when my life changed for the better, with the birth of my son. [...]

Being “In the Moment”

June 1st, 2016|5 Comments

Han-Son of DaddiLife on why the most important gift we can give our children is our presence. What’s that noise? [...]

Each moment is a pearl

May 31st, 2016|7 Comments

Each moment is a pearl on a string-- the timeline of one's life. String theory dictates you can travel anywhere [...]

The Instant Replay

May 31st, 2016|4 Comments

“We all make mistakes sometimes / We all fail but we stand tonight / Look past, learn, and move on [...]

Couragous Resolution | Become a Better Father

April 26th, 2016| Comments

November 25, 2013 by Scott Hammond THE RESOLUTION I do solemnly resolve before God to take full responsibility for myself, [...]

Turn Off The DANG TV!!!!

April 19th, 2016| Comments

Simple. Right?  What did families do when they didn't have television?  How did they survive?  I would argue, they thrived. [...]

What is this thing called “Geocaching”? – R We There Yet Mom?

April 17th, 2016| Comment

Geocaching (“jee-o-cash-ing”) is a fun, family sport that we have enjoyed for a few years now.  My parents introduced us [...]

Take 30 Minutes Today and Make Someone’s Week

April 15th, 2016| Comments

Okay, we have arrived at the end of our first of 52 weeks.  This week's topic was thankfulness, specifically, how can [...]

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“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.”
― Ernest Hemingway

Be Empathetic

How To Raise An Empathic Child

February 21st, 2017|3 Comments

At Strength Restored we believe empathy is the key to defeating bullying. We go educate children as young as five how the fundamental role of empathy and the skills they need to become empathic. However, what about the years leading up to them entering school? The blueprint of our personalities are hardwired by the time we are eight, so parents have more than half the job of drawing up those blueprints. So, how does a parent go about raising an empathic child?

  • Building Bridges Through Empathy

Building Bridges Through Empathy

January 24th, 2017|2 Comments

Want to figure out how to make your child thrive? Teach them empathy through listening skills and modeling good behavior.

A Letter to Santa

December 12th, 2016|0 Comments

As a military parent having the opportunity to share a first time with your child is wonderful. A little [...]

Be Empathetic “Empathy is about standing in someone else’s shoes”

May 25th, 2016|6 Comments

 Some say,”Empathy is a thing of the past; something that is lost to the new generation.” Others [...]

The Gift of Empathy

May 24th, 2016|3 Comments

When I was invited to write an article about empathy, I immediately thought of an excerpt from ‘Song of Myself’, [...]

How I Taught my Son Empathy Through Play with Plush Animals.

May 23rd, 2016| Comments

Three-year-old children aren’t exactly known for being the most empathic of creatures. As anyone who has had a three-year-old in [...]

EMPATHY OF HIS TEARS.

May 23rd, 2016|2 Comments

There's tears in his eyes, that roll down his cheek, landing on the floor, next to my feet. I've tried [...]

Teach your kids: Compassion

March 22nd, 2016| Comments

Unsure of the original story's origin. Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got [...]

It means so much to others when we are empathetic. Reach out. #52Trait. Click To Tweet

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” -Jawaharlal Nehru

Be Adventurous

Ever Tried Cow Foot Soup?

February 24th, 2017|8 Comments

Have you ventured outside your comfort zone lately? Perhaps it is time, try it for your children. They’ll love it. In our never-ending quest to be adventurous and unique at our dinner table, my wife and I are always looking for new and interesting vegetables, cuts of meat, and cooking techniques. We admit…we are foodies, but more on that topic later. One of our techniques at the grocery store is to “walk the outermost aisles only”. This encourages you to stay in the produce, meat, and dairy sections while avoiding the sections containing processed or packaged foods. We are especially keen to this technique because our diet is primarily made up of vegetables, eggs, fish, nuts, and some fruit. Occasionally, when we have a few extra menu items we need to plan but lack the inspiration, we visit the meat department. Then it is time to “close our eyes and pick something”.

“You are being awful calm about all of this” – The Adventure Begins

February 22nd, 2017|2 Comments

It was 8:00 a.m. and I finally located my car and looking at it, I wanted to cry, and as tears welled up in my eyes, my son looked at me and hugged my leg. He said, “Mommy is my toys in there?” I said, “Yes, honey they are, all of our things is in there.” The car was full of my son’s toys, clothes, and all of our personal belongings. The big toys were on top of the car. I put my son in the passenger seat and we drove it over to our little travel trailer and started to unload some of his toys to play with. At this point, my soon to be ex-husband arrived with his girlfriend in tow.

Why an Open Adoption Was Just What We Needed

February 3rd, 2017|1 Comment

I didn’t want an open adoption. We were no strangers to the adoption process having “survived” our [...]

GetConnectDAD Is Giving Away a WeeHoo Bicycle Trailer!

February 2nd, 2017|4 Comments

Win A Single-Seat Weehoo valued @ $399! Entries must be received by June 1, 2017, 23:59 CST to [...]

The big scary monster in a red suit

December 5th, 2016|0 Comments

So we enter the door with the sign saying grotto. Behind other parents holding hands of other infants thinking [...]

Holiday Trip Ahead? Here are Some Accommodation Options

November 28th, 2016|2 Comments

Holidays are wonderful: it’s that magical time when you finally get to be more focused on yourself, your friends [...]

It’s simple! Just #GetACTIVE and #GetOutside

November 14th, 2016|5 Comments

As the colder temperatures roll in, it can be difficult to stay motivated and active, as a [...]

What do you want life to look like?

October 25th, 2016|6 Comments

Yesterday, my wife and I were talking outside the RV while our daughter napped. The topic of conversation was [...]

Stronger Than Ever. The Power Of Never Giving Up

October 18th, 2016|8 Comments

“You can be tired after the game” I must have said it a million times already, to my boys and [...]

True Positivism

October 11th, 2016|20 Comments

The most positive thing we can do in our children’s lives is, to be honest with them. As parents, we always [...]

Family Life as a Full-Time RVer and Why You Should Consider It

October 7th, 2016|18 Comments

RV living is more than living small with the option to travel. It’s a lifestyle that has forced us to [...]

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

October 3rd, 2016|9 Comments

It was his first real holiday, only a few days away for the country and western festival in Brean. [...]

The Unstoppable Force

September 28th, 2016|13 Comments

I thought I was persistent, and then I had my youngest child Alonzo. Ever since he was a baby he [...]

Just take a break

September 20th, 2016|19 Comments

They say patience is a virtue, and I will admit it is one I don’t have. I have learned more [...]

Get Out, It’s actually quite hard to go wrong.

August 24th, 2016|6 Comments

If you're like me you'll be reading this with your trousers (pants) around your ankles, an imaginary Hamlet cigar on [...]

Be Healthy

August 22nd, 2016|5 Comments

Key Takeaways So for me, there are 3 key areas to focus on which can help us to be [...]

How did a couple who ‘live in a van’ change my family’s DNA?

August 7th, 2016|2 Comments

Okay, they don’t exactly live in a van, it’s called a RoadTrek and actually, as Jennifer would say, it is an adventure-mobile. For those of you who aren’t aware of what a Roadtrek is, let me fill you in. I have only seen a few of them; however, I probably spend too much time looking at pictures of these small class B motor-homes that allow travelers to adventure around the world meeting fabulous people. So, big whoop, it is just a motor-home. For those who own one, I would say they would beg to differ; however, about two years ago, I stumbled onto a new podcast called “RoadTreking: Celebrating the Small RV Lifestyle.” This podcast, produced by Mike and Jennifer Wendland, is the most informative and professional podcast I listen to. I look forward to it every single week.

  • How to get far enough away to consider it a vacation

How to get far enough away to consider it a vacation

July 27th, 2016|8 Comments

Growing up, camping was always a go-to summer vacation for our family. Not only was it a pastime of my [...]

Train Together to Remain Together

July 7th, 2016|3 Comments

Any dad out there a fan of goals and resolutions? Because we are men, we are hard [...]

Why Children Should Answer the Call to Adventure

May 18th, 2016|7 Comments

Joseph Campbell, in his book The Hero With a Thousand Faces, makes a compelling argument that the world’s greatest hero [...]

How I Nurture My Kid’s Adventurous Nature

May 18th, 2016| Comments

My two-year-old daughter held my hand as we climbed the steps on the side of a hill which led to [...]

Be Adventurous

May 17th, 2016| Comments

A personal mentor and father of five once said to me, “Jed, if there is one thing I wish I [...]

ADVENTURE. 4 Noah.

May 17th, 2016|2 Comments

I've climbed mountains, Seen amazing views. I've seen waterfalls, And felt the mist too. I've been wonderous places, Some so [...]

Is your luggage packed?

May 16th, 2016|4 Comments

“Is your luggage packed?” Mom asked us from the other side of our small two- bedroom duplex.  Two adults and [...]

Today! Plan a scavenger hunt for your kids. It takes 5 minutes.

April 20th, 2016| Comments

I would love to claim I am this ultra creative type; however, the reality is I am not.  The great [...]

Teach Your Kids To Be Curious

April 18th, 2016| Comment

I didn't see Gilligan's Island Until I Was 15.  Big Whoop, you say?  I am not sure if my parents [...]

What is this thing called “Geocaching”? – R We There Yet Mom?

April 17th, 2016| Comment

Geocaching (“jee-o-cash-ing”) is a fun, family sport that we have enjoyed for a few years now.  My parents introduced us [...]

Nothing is learned without adventure. Travel, live, and love. #52Trait. Click To Tweet

“Does the road wind up-hill all the way? Yes, to the very end.”
― Christina Rossetti

Be Self-Disciplined

Raising Children During the Technology Era

December 13th, 2016|0 Comments

@GetConnectDAD is an international project focused on One goal:  More ConnectDAD families.   We are 150 writers from around the world, [...]

I Had to Stop Being a Hypocrite

September 2nd, 2016|7 Comments

I was a hypocrite and I knew it. I realized this more clearly when I would eat my Fruity Pebbles [...]

FABRIC OF LIFE

June 13th, 2016|4 Comments

Some men may wear expensive suits made of nothing less than cashmere with a price tag worth far more than [...]

Self-Discipline: “A child is not a vessel to be filled, but a lamp to be lit”

May 11th, 2016| Comments

Keep in mind as you are reading this, it is 6:00 AM; my 7 month-old son is playing beside me; [...]

  • What Confidence means to me as a Proud Papa!

What Confidence means to me as a Proud Papa!

May 5th, 2016| Comments

"I love you, Ella!" "I love you dada!" The nature vs nurture question has merit on both sides of the [...]

Eating one marshmallow can lower your SAT scores.

February 6th, 2016| Comments

This week’s topic is self-discipline. Interestingly enough, I am a day late in posting this because I [...]

Nothing is learned without adventure. Travel, live, and love. #52Trait. Click To Tweet

“I have great faith in fools – self-confidence my friends will call it.”
― Edgar Allan Poe, Marginalia

Be Confident

  • Why Your Kids Should Have Grit

Why Your Kids Should Have Grit

March 29th, 2017|0 Comments

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.

  • Respect For Mother Starts With Father

Respect for the Mother Starts with the Father

March 29th, 2017|0 Comments

I’m generally very patient with Jeremiah, 13, and Noah, 10. I remember what is was like at that age, trying to one-up my brothers with the sarcastic comments, saying “no” to everything my parents asked, no matter the question. I get why siblings like to wrestle and argue, how funny they think it is to give their parents a hard time. I understand that part of growing up is learning to assert yourself, to “be your own person.”

How Parenting Can Impact Post-Secondary Student Success

March 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

It’s a beautiful sunny Saturday morning and I arrive early to work for a recruitment event, excited to meet all of the prospective families and students who are thinking about their university experience the following year. The motivation I feel stems from that warm-fuzzy feeling I often get when students experience their “I belong here” moment walking around campus, meeting professors, seeing a residence room, and envisioning themselves walking across the stage at my institution.

How To Increase Your Audience Engagement using Twitter

March 22nd, 2017| Comments

One year ago I had no idea how to use Twitter, much less for any type of audience growth. I had seen Twitter IDs and hashtags, but I really had no idea how to leverage either to grow my brand. This article will show you how I went from zero Twitter followers and no reach to 15,000 Twitter followers with a monthly reach of about 750K. If you have any questions, please post the questions below this resource so I can answer them for everyone! I am going through my entire process and sharing it with parent bloggers, so please take a moment and join my GetConnectDad Insiders group where we will walk through everything I am trying to do to grow our site our reach. This group will be talking completely on tactics to build your brand and increase your viewers and influence.

  • Someone Has to Pick Up the Other End

Someone Has to Pick Up the Other End

March 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Men cannot move couches by themselves. You need someone on the other end. A week ago, I had a family I had been helping out offer me a brand new couch. They had it for their mother who would no longer be able to use it. Our sleeper started to get holes and a new couch was on our “someday” wish list. In two days, I had to figure out a way to get rid of our sleeper and to get the couch to a few blocks over. I needed some help.

Sensitivity Training

March 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Don’t look into the sun, but seek to self-reflect. Don’t let words scar, but cut, so that the light can come in. Let understanding be the healing, empathy,

Lets Remove Sexism From Parenting

March 19th, 2017|0 Comments

To truly build a culture of empowered parenting we need to celebrate the collaborative work parents do.

  • How to Save FaceBook Live Videos Easily On Your Website!

How to Save FaceBook Live Videos Easily On Your Website!

March 17th, 2017| Comment

If you are like me, the first time you see someone watching you live on your phone or camera, it is both exhilarating and frightening. One of the biggest challenges I faced after my first video presentation was figuring out a way to let me non-facebook followers see the video easily. I discovered two easy ways to Save FaceBook Live Videos on my community website. This instruction sheet shows you how to do both!

Meet The Author Behind Chunky And Friends

March 16th, 2017|0 Comments

The Chunky And Friends books series is wonderful with dynamic characters that will make your kids laugh and learn at the same time. The first book in the series, CHUNKY AND THE O-BEAST, was an introduction to the Chunky and Friends world and the idea that every child is perfect the way they are and the only thing the adults in their lives want to see is that they grow up healthy and strong. Our latest book in the series, THE CANDY CONUNDRUM, focuses on dental health and the character Candy (short for Candace) who learns the harm that eating too much candy can have on oral health and the importance of brushing and flossing.

 Do you know how to teach your kids to be accountable?

March 15th, 2017|0 Comments

The opposite of accountability is entitlement. Your kids live in a culture that stresses entitlement. Last week two of our granddaughters played upstairs without direct supervision for well over an hour. The sounds of soft laughter and agreeable conversation heard from the den below astounded me. All I could think was, “Surely my grandkids are the best on Earth”. Then, without warning, the almost four-year-old brought me back to reality with a loud scream. Immediately my mind checked through the potential causes like pain, fear, and anger. The sound and intensity of what I heard clearly communicated the third option. So, after allowing a few minutes for her and her sister to resolve the issue, it was time to go up and give them some assistance. The problem: little sister decided she wanted big sister’s favorite blanket, but big sister was not in a sharing mood.

On Sensitivity

March 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Being a dad is a delicate balance. In concert with my wife, we strive to find the perfect equilibrium of authority, encouragement, and “letting go” as we raise our three children in an ever-changing world. This is likely preaching to the choir, as I am sure most of you parents out there feel the same thing, to one degree or another. As my children grow, and learn more about themselves and the world around them, it is important to me that they are strong, self-confident, respectful, and kind. Still, there is one quality that is often overlooked, and even dismissed (or even marginalized as useless): be sensitive.

Lazy Dad Learns Politeness

March 12th, 2017|0 Comments

We are not the first parents to attempt to teach our children to be polite, I know that. This is a little about our trials. Recently, I heard our three year-old daughter saying the word “want” more often. As in: “I want water, or I want a snack.” I wasn’t concerned initially, then when it became daily I realized we had to start teaching her to say: “May I have some water?” Lately, that has been the subject of the day at our place. Trying to convert “I want” to “May I”. What a challenge it is! As we speak, she is hollering from the bathroom: “I’m done”…..

  • Be imperfect

Life’s Too Short, Go Ahead and Be Wonky! Be Imperfect!

March 11th, 2017|0 Comments

Stop that! Eat your food! Put that down! Do NOT touch that! Use your manners! As a parent, you constantly find yourself delivering commands to your kids throughout the day. And you know what? You pretty much have to. Kids need direction, and outside of their daycare or school, it’s you that needs to provide it.

  • Be focused

Be Focused – “Don’t Feel Guilty”

March 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Our studio apartment is set up. My parents are watching my son while I work. It is [...]

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March 9th, 2017|0 Comments

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March 9th, 2017|0 Comments

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DO MISTAKES MAKE US BETTER PARENTS?

March 9th, 2017|0 Comments

Do mistakes make us better parents? Do we have time to make amends. Will we learn from our mistakes, Before we forget and do it again. Will we learn in time to say no?

Humility is the lighthouse that shows the way through the fog of arrogance.

March 8th, 2017|0 Comments

Writing is something I love to do. As far back as I can recall, writing was a way for me to not only express my thoughts, but to work through the emotions of my life. One of my first short stories was titled “Who Was Killing the Lexington Family?” It was my early feeble attempt at a mystery. The crime, the investigation, and the ebullient solution from the rotund detective all occurred within six pages. It was published in my 7th grade “School Anthology”, and I beamed with pride. I still have the bound copy in a box, and, on occasions of nostalgia, pull it out to read.

Want To Be Featured On GETCONNECTDAD?

March 7th, 2017|0 Comments

GetConnectDad.com is a growing parenthood community, focused on finding the best resources for parents around the world. Our goal is to increase the amount of time our families are connect-dad. During the last year, we have repeatedly been asked to highlight communities, books, organizations, etc. who are doing awesome work. We have finally decided to jump in and do just that. We are going to highlight some of the awesome work being done by authors, bloggers, vloggers, musicians, etc. from around the World.

Meet Chris Peters. Parent Extraordinaire.

March 7th, 2017|0 Comments

Chris Peters is the creator of www.ask-a-dad.com. He is the father of 2 little kids and lives [...]

I Really Didn’t Want to Go Fishing

March 7th, 2017|0 Comments

It was one of those rare Saturdays after I grew up and moved out that Dad and I found ourselves alone at the ranch. I was already living hours away in Houston and had driven to the ranch to unwind the spring of tension that was my life at that time. All I really wanted to do was nap on the sofa, but Mom was away at a convention and Dad had other ideas.

Don’t Stress. Ask For Help To Become More Mindful

March 7th, 2017|0 Comments

#be mindful…..attentive, aware, or careful of our responsibilities to our children. Easier said than done?? When people decide to have children, or it just happens by surprise, adults go through a series of emotions. One of the most prevalent emotions and thought processes throughout any pregnancy, for Mum and Dad, is how are we going to be mindful of our every action as they will influence the wellbeing of the most important package soon to arrive into our lives. Mindfulness is a bit of a buzz topic in work places and all over the internet at the moment. In the parenting world it’s far from new. My mum always used to say “be mindful of what you say young lady” or “be mindful what you wish for!” I think with the wonderfulness of hindsight I now finally understand why she said it and what purpose it served to me. May be that is why I now cope in a co-parenting situation.

Community Resource Interview

March 7th, 2017|0 Comments

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Making Your Home to Fit Your Family

March 6th, 2017|0 Comments

Moving to a new, bigger place, I thought that organizing and decorating would be a cakewalk. But as my husband and I started unpacking, we realized that we would have to adapt the place to our needs much more than we had previously thought. Honestly, I was happy because of this so-called complication, simply because I love the notion of nesting, and I tend to make these situations as fun as possible! Here are some of the changes we’ve made and plan to make soon, as we’d both like our boys to feel that this is our home, and we plan to stay here for a long time.

Will you take $6 and other valuable lessons.

March 6th, 2017|0 Comments

Garage sales are funny things. When else do you invite every person in the area to your front door, practically begging them to take some of your junk off your hands at a small price? There are random strangers throwing their cigarette butts on your sidewalk, small children having temper tantrums, a guy in short jean shorts and a mullet buying up all your MacGyver DVD’s, and little old ladies haggling with the best of them – just a few of the side shows you get when you put on a garage sale.

Making stuff up and having a blast doing it – why I write for children

March 5th, 2017|0 Comments

It is well known that the experiences we have in childhood influence our entire lives. It’s not something we think about as we grow up, but then one day, when we’re much older, we look back and it all starts to make sense. It’s only recently that I have realised this was so very true in my own life. In the early ‘80s, when I was around three years old, my parents gave me a present: a copy of Zeeb and the Martians by John Webster and Ian McCullough. I loved this book. When I say I loved it, I mean I really loved it. It had such a profound effect on me and it’s only now that I realise that. Zeeb introduced me to science-fiction, and robots and aliens in particular. I’ve had a love of sci-fi ever since, and it was that book that sparked my imagination all those years ago.

There Are Many Reasons Why People Bully, Some Might Surprise You!

March 4th, 2017|0 Comments

There appear to me to be a lot of mythos surrounding the question as to why people bully. I was bullied for around eight years — probably longer. Since then I have worked with or alongside young people for fourteen years, and I have worked with children for a lot longer than that. I remember one time when I had an interview for a youth work post with someone who was aware of my history of being bullied. They asked me in a very matter-of-fact way “So, how will you stop yourself from bullying our young people?” I was quite frankly gobsmacked and astounded, but I answered her question quite clearly “Some people who are bullied do end up bullying, but that is not a hard-and-fast rule.

My Dear Child Campaign

March 4th, 2017|0 Comments

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?”

What A Child Refugee Taught Me About Compassion – And Other Stories.

March 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

Here in the UK, there has been quite a bit of news about child refugees, as our Government has decided to reduce the number that they are allowing into the country. All of this made me think back to the time when a child refugee changed my views on compassion, especially in relation to children. It was 2006, and I was working at a Christian retreat centre in the Yorkshire Dales. At that time I was suffering from severe depression which had yet to be diagnosed, a depression that would see me try and take my own life a few months later. We had hosted a number of events while I was there, but this one would be different for me. You see, the closest city to us had a high population of refugees, and we were to host a getaway for them all. I wasn’t actually on the team that weekend, but as always those not on the team had jobs to do around the house.

Leave The Rest Behind-Be In The Moment

March 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

Our adventure began in 1990. Time to leave the rest behind us and be in the moment. Therefore, dwelling on the past does not help. I could not worry about what the future held for us. Concentrating on the moment at hand is important. My neighbors decide they would follow us to Las Vegas, making sure that we got to where we are moving. My son is excited because it means his friend could see where he is living. I place my son in the front seat of the car and there are joyful thoughts on his face.

Forget Raising Leaders of the Future, Focus on Raising Leaders of Today!

March 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

Times are changing, and it is easy to default to devices, screens, tones, and chirps, at every turn of our lives. Technology is everywhere, it is ubiquitous, and its only going to shoot higher. According to the Law of Accelerated Returns by Ray Kurzweil, the growth of computing and technology is exponential. In the next century, innovation will not move forward by just 100 years, rather, it will grow by at least 20,000 years of progress. Knowing this reality, how do we as parents prepare our kids for success? How do we prepare our kids to be leaders of the future?

Celebrating Rare

March 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Starting a family had always been part of the plan for my wife and me. When we first learned that we were going to be new parents, the raw excitement was palpable. If you have chosen the path of parenthood, you know that feeling. It’s a mixture of joy, delight, fear, and panic – all neatly rolled into a 9-month wait time (or longer, as our experience with adoption taught us, which is a whole different topic for the blog).

The Hall Of Fame That Matters

February 28th, 2017|0 Comments

I picked up my alumni magazine. For not the first time, I found myself feeling down. Feeling like I’ve accomplished nothing. Jealous. Lists of Hall of Fame alumni. Successful people. Heads of companies. Authors. Show creator. Men in suits with brilliant smiles that look like they never stopped working out.

Food Memories. The Power of Smell and Simpler Times

February 28th, 2017|1 Comment

My daughter is 3 years old and we talk a lot. I started talking to her the day I knew I was pregnant and have gone on non stop. I have talked to her about my work , the people I meet, my hobbies, my husband and his interests, and sometimes even talk about what I read in the newspaper! When she was young, I think what really mattered to her was the sound of my voice. She used to try to make sounds too and we sure laughed together!

Human Tough

February 27th, 2017|1 Comment

I love it when she visits, seeing her unlimited patience as she works with Lorenzo on homework or prepares Alonzo his 17th snack. Her strength amazes me and her kindness humbles me. You would think life would have made her tired and bitter, but she is anything but that. You would think me and my brother’s misadventures would have worn her out and made her a grouchy old lady, but they didn’t. You would think trailblazing for women in a male, chauvinistic, misogynistic publishing industry would have made her rude, but it didn’t. In a world that has thrown everything, including the kitchen sink, at my mom, she has been the definition of tough and taught me how to stand my ground and keep my heading. Now I try to teach that toughness to my boys.

What Do You Say?

February 27th, 2017| Comments

Each time I take my two children out grocery shopping or errand running, I’m very mindful about their manners and social interaction. My wife has the same priorities, and our kids are generally well-behaved, especially in public. They are actually starting to get a bit of a reputation, I learned recently. A few months ago, I was out shopping with both kids at a local “big box store”. We stopped to pick up a sample from one of the tables at the end of an aisle. “Oh, you must be the father!” the sample lady suddenly exclaimed. “Why yes. Yes, I am,” I stumbled, unsure of her meaning.

Why Fostering A Child Could Help Your Own Children To Understand Empathy

February 24th, 2017|4 Comments

Many people are cautious about fostering children when their own children are still at home, which is why fostering is so popular with empty nesters. However, not many people know about the positive impact fostering a child can have on your family. Choosing to become foster carers is a decision that should involve your entire family, as it will impact everyone in some way – even if your children don’t live at home anymore. For young people growing up and learning to make sense of the world and how we should treat others, being a foster sibling is a positive way to teach some essential life skills.

Ever Tried Cow Foot Soup?

February 24th, 2017|8 Comments

Have you ventured outside your comfort zone lately? Perhaps it is time, try it for your children. They’ll love it. In our never-ending quest to be adventurous and unique at our dinner table, my wife and I are always looking for new and interesting vegetables, cuts of meat, and cooking techniques. We admit…we are foodies, but more on that topic later. One of our techniques at the grocery store is to “walk the outermost aisles only”. This encourages you to stay in the produce, meat, and dairy sections while avoiding the sections containing processed or packaged foods. We are especially keen to this technique because our diet is primarily made up of vegetables, eggs, fish, nuts, and some fruit. Occasionally, when we have a few extra menu items we need to plan but lack the inspiration, we visit the meat department. Then it is time to “close our eyes and pick something”.

“You are being awful calm about all of this” – The Adventure Begins

February 22nd, 2017|2 Comments

It was 8:00 a.m. and I finally located my car and looking at it, I wanted to cry, and as tears welled up in my eyes, my son looked at me and hugged my leg. He said, “Mommy is my toys in there?” I said, “Yes, honey they are, all of our things is in there.” The car was full of my son’s toys, clothes, and all of our personal belongings. The big toys were on top of the car. I put my son in the passenger seat and we drove it over to our little travel trailer and started to unload some of his toys to play with. At this point, my soon to be ex-husband arrived with his girlfriend in tow.

You’ve Just Discovered Your Child Is A Bully – What To Do Next

February 22nd, 2017|4 Comments

As parents you have huge aspirations for our children right from the start, all of them good and positive, no one would ever want them to grow up to be the next Hitler. So, it can be both a shock to the system as well as a personal hurt if you discover that your child has been bullying somebody else. A lot of parents don’t know what to do. I would like to try and help you with that with a few tips I have learned along the way.

A Little Bit More Insight

February 21st, 2017|2 Comments

I often wonder what goes on in my son’s head, what is he thinking and how his mind works. From the moment you entered my life and ever since, I keep finding myself looking into your eyes and wondering.

How To Raise An Empathic Child

February 21st, 2017|3 Comments

At Strength Restored we believe empathy is the key to defeating bullying. We go educate children as young as five how the fundamental role of empathy and the skills they need to become empathic. However, what about the years leading up to them entering school? The blueprint of our personalities are hardwired by the time we are eight, so parents have more than half the job of drawing up those blueprints. So, how does a parent go about raising an empathic child?

Facebook Live Resources

February 20th, 2017|2 Comments

https://www.facebook.com/ParentBloggersElite/videos/1644298265878689/ On February 20, 2017, Julian Caldwell (Founder of GetConnectDad) spent 45 minutes walking through an online [...]

  • When good enough is enough

When Good Enough Is Enough

February 20th, 2017|7 Comments

Last week, I had to tell my kids that Dad would be looking for a new job again [...]

Can Disney World Make You a Better Dad?

February 18th, 2017|5 Comments

If you’re anything like me, you’re saying: “No.” Not a chance.  Disney World is a tourist trap [...]

Being Confident When Everything Is Falling Apart

February 16th, 2017|4 Comments

Arriving in Las Vegas after the long bus ride was very tiring. With a little boy at [...]

Developing Gratitude

February 16th, 2017|1 Comment

When I was little and didn’t want to eat the food on my plate, my mom would [...]

What do you do when no one is looking?

February 11th, 2017|1 Comment

Leave it to one of the greatest collegiate coaches of all time to come up with the [...]

I’ve spent over $500 on calendar apps for my phone! Argh.

February 8th, 2017|0 Comments

If you are like me, you have spent a few hundred dollars (or more) on apps to [...]

  • A single dad in a mum's world

A Single Dad in a Mum’s World

February 8th, 2017|3 Comments

For me, becoming a single dad wasn’t unlike showing up for your first day of work on [...]

“I have great faith in fools - self-confidence my friends will call it.” ― Edgar Allen Poe … Click To Tweet

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
― Dr. Seuss

Be Optimistic

Can Disney World Make You a Better Dad?

February 18th, 2017|5 Comments

If you’re anything like me, you’re saying: “No.” Not a chance.  Disney World is a tourist trap [...]

Can I make my child more optimistic?

April 30th, 2016| Comments

Can you make your child more optimistic? Optimism, or the conviction that things will work out in the end, is [...]

Teaching Optimism to Kids – Meaningfulmama.com

April 29th, 2016| Comments

Optimism “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are [...]

Guest Post: I must admit, I am not a natural born optimist.

April 27th, 2016| Comments

I must admit, I am not a natural born optimist; I am a realist (what some may refer to as [...]

Take Five Minutes and Help Your Kids Become More Optimistic!

April 25th, 2016| Comments

I struggled this week thinking through what do I see parents do that creates optimistic kids? I [...]

““We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” - Oscar Wilde Click To Tweet

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
― Albert Einstein

Be Curious

Making stuff up and having a blast doing it – why I write for children

March 5th, 2017|0 Comments

It is well known that the experiences we have in childhood influence our entire lives. It’s not something we think about as we grow up, but then one day, when we’re much older, we look back and it all starts to make sense. It’s only recently that I have realised this was so very true in my own life. In the early ‘80s, when I was around three years old, my parents gave me a present: a copy of Zeeb and the Martians by John Webster and Ian McCullough. I loved this book. When I say I loved it, I mean I really loved it. It had such a profound effect on me and it’s only now that I realise that. Zeeb introduced me to science-fiction, and robots and aliens in particular. I’ve had a love of sci-fi ever since, and it was that book that sparked my imagination all those years ago.

Fueling an Innovative Child

February 6th, 2017|4 Comments

“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.

What Curiosity Means To Me As a Father!

April 22nd, 2016| Comments

Curiosity may have killed the cat but in our home, it spurs communication, intellect, and imagination. In this day and [...]

How much screen time should children have? | World Economic Forum

April 19th, 2016| Comments

A consistent issue with families as I visit around the country. Finding a happy balance is never easy. This article attempts to help parents set some good reasonable guidelines for our kids. I am always amazed at the number of families at restaurants who are sharing a meal and evidently all online talking with other people they would 'rather be visiting.'

Teach Your Kids To Be Curious

April 18th, 2016| Comment

I didn't see Gilligan's Island Until I Was 15.  Big Whoop, you say?  I am not sure if my parents [...]

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” - Plutarch #52Traits Click To Tweet

“The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.”
― Henry Ward Beecher

Be Thankful

Developing Gratitude

February 16th, 2017|1 Comment

When I was little and didn’t want to eat the food on my plate, my mom would [...]

Here comes Thanksgiving.

November 3rd, 2016|3 Comments

A lot of organization and planning goes into preparing for the Thanksgiving holiday. Parents have a lot on their mind, [...]

I can’t believe it. What happened? Time Sucks.

August 23rd, 2016|6 Comments

Key Takeaways Time waits for no one. It is a very difficult to realize your kids are growing up. [...]

Have you thanked a soldier today?

April 14th, 2016| Comments

It might sound cliche; however, I dare you to walk up to a soldier and say 'thank you.' I got [...]

Guest Post: What Thankfulness Means To Me

April 13th, 2016| Comments

For those of you who know me and for those getting to know me, I am and have always been [...]

Show Your Kids How To Execute A Random Act of Kindness!

April 12th, 2016| Comments

I will explain the clown noses (read on...:0))  shortly. One of the coolest feelings I get is paying for someone [...]

Take 15 minutes and ask, “What are you thankful for today?”

April 11th, 2016| Comments

  Okay all of you ConnectDad's following us on Twitter, Facebook and this blog, here is something simple to do and [...]

Teach Your Kids To Be Thankful

April 10th, 2016| Comments

When I set out to identify 52 characteristics I wanted to work on this year with my boys, I struggled [...]

I am thankful to all the souls, I meet in the journey of life. Lailah Akita #52Traits Click To Tweet

I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father’s equal, and I never loved any other man as much. – Hedy Lamarr

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