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Traits 2016-12-03T11:06:04+00:00

What are we writing about?

Each week, parents from around the world are writing on a specific topic as part of a year’s worth of introspection on some key traits we want to consider for our kids.

Our writers answer the question, “What do you do to teach your kids about Empowerment, Generosity, etc?”

We understand that no one can focus on 52 unique traits; however, we hope that parents are able to think about each of these ‘traits’ as they are introduced and consider what they are doing to introduce components to their kids.

We think you have something to say! Please Write With Us!

Our Traits

Be Positive
Be Resilient
Be Respectful
Be Mindful
Be Supportive
Be Decisive
Be Empowered
Be Focused
Be Hopeful
Be Insightful
Be Ethical
Be Leader
Be Restless

Be Tough
Be Independent
Be Influential
Be Innovative
Be Open-Minded
Be Inspirational
Be Funny
Be Sensitive
Be Listener
Be Kind
Be Humble
Be Polite
Be Content

What Do You Say? Why We Want Our Kids To Be Personable!

February 27th, 2017|5 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 We Should Teach Our Kids to Be Personable

January 24th, 2017|15 Comments

We all have aspirations and hopes for how our children will grow up.  We usually think about things related [...]

I am mine.

October 11th, 2016|15 Comments

There are lines in songs or books, maybe even a film that strikes a chord with people.  We all [...]

Positivity in a Negative World

October 10th, 2016|10 Comments

My kids are too young to realize it yet, but we live in a pretty negative world. We, as [...]

How Financially Personable Are You?

October 10th, 2016|11 Comments

When someone starts broaching the subject of finances with you, how do you respond? Do you dodge the question and [...]

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 [...]

Where have the manners gone?

October 4th, 2016|14 Comments

The simplest and most effective thing a person can do to be personable is to have good manners. My mom [...]

How One Person Brought Me Out of My Shell

September 29th, 2016|9 Comments

“The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.” - Theodore [...]

5 Steps to Making Your Child More Personable

September 26th, 2016|17 Comments

Here in Charleston, outgoing, lovely Southern Bells lay on the charm as thick as the syrupy sweet tea we all [...]

Being personable is a key ingredient to accomplishing the respect of others. Click To Tweet

“Be Open to whatever comes next.”

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

December 5th, 2016|0 Comments

In the words of Uncle Ben (Spider-Man's uncle for anyone who doesn't follow the comic book world) 'with great [...]

Be Persistent, It Is My Favorite Lesson For My Son

October 4th, 2016|15 Comments

In life, a great trait to have, no matter what age you are, is being persistant. So what is the [...]

“Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not”

September 29th, 2016|3 Comments

“First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you're inspired or not. Habit will help [...]

POTTY PERSISTENCE.

September 28th, 2016|6 Comments

Do you need a wee wee? No Daddy. Do you want to sit on the potty? No Daddy. Just try [...]

Financial Goal Planning: 5 Ways To Stay Persistent

September 28th, 2016|4 Comments

5 ways to creating your financial goal plan and being persistent. Make time to work on your financial goal [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success. Napoleon Hill Click To Tweet

“Energy and persistence conquer all things. Benjamin Franklin”

Are you going crazy? The importance of taking some time.

September 29th, 2016|7 Comments

As parents, we would love to have quiet, peaceful time. As soon as we sit down to get some peace [...]

Be Patient

September 26th, 2016|23 Comments

“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh Patience is [...]

Patience is a Hannah, Hannah is a Grace

September 21st, 2016|5 Comments

“Charity suffereth long…” (1 Corinthians 13) Patience is letting you stop to smell the gardenias, to feel the grassy-sweet summer [...]

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 [...]

Patience is a Lost Art

September 19th, 2016|10 Comments

There are a great many things that we excel at today. One of them is developing technologies that allow for [...]

I always thought patience was one of my greatest virtues.

September 3rd, 2016|7 Comments

When I took on this blogging venture about my life with so many children, I knew it was going to [...]

I am patient with stupidity but not with those who are proud of it. Edith Sitwel Click To Tweet

“Sometimes things aren’t clear right away. That’s where you need to be patient and persevere and see where things lead. Mary Pierce”

  • Healthy Homework and Study Habits

How to Help Kids & Teens Develop Healthy Homework and Study Habits

May 21st, 2017|4 Comments

Homework can be one of the toughest challenges your kids face while they’re in school, especially as they move [...]

At the Special Ed Round Table: Making it Work

May 20th, 2017|5 Comments

If you thought being called to the principal’s office was bad, imagine showing up to a team of six [...]

  • The Importance of Curiosity When We Are Stuck

The Importance of Curiosity When We Are Stuck

May 18th, 2017|6 Comments

About half a year ago, my son came to me with a math problem. He had joined an elective [...]

“One More Thing Santa” – Insights From a 7 Year-old Who Misses His Dad

May 17th, 2017|4 Comments

As many of my readers know, my son and daughter are basically polar opposites. My son (7) is very [...]

  • Let Kids Be Kids

Let Them Be Kids: Why Playtime Is So Important

May 16th, 2017|4 Comments

If you get a chance, drive down the neighborhood streets in your town. How many houses have children playing [...]

Meet the Omni Youth Programs!

May 15th, 2017|1 Comment

Tell me about your family! Where do you live? How many kids? What do you do for fun? I [...]

  • The Best Mother’s Day Gift: Improving as a Father

The Best Mother’s Day Gift: Improving as a Father

May 10th, 2017|6 Comments

Mother’s Day is fast approaching. It’s Sunday, May 14th just so you know. A great gift you can give [...]

  • How A Monthly Budget Can Reduce Financial Stress

How A Monthly Budget Can Reduce Financial Stress

May 10th, 2017|2 Comments

All of us have been there. You’re sitting at the dining room table, eyes strained, looking at a computer screen. You assess your current bank balance and look at the utility, credit card, car insurance and other bills sitting in front of you.

Whose fault is the ‘Entitled’ Generation?

May 9th, 2017|0 Comments

If you have ever seen a child throw a temper tantrum in a store and seen the parents give [...]

  • The Unwanted Boy

The Unwanted Boy

May 9th, 2017|2 Comments

The little boy sat in the car next to his dad. They were having a little drive around, just [...]

  • Life with Aspergers

Living with your child and Asperger’s Syndrome

May 9th, 2017|3 Comments

After raising three children, twin girls and a teenage boy, on my own, life was beginning to calm down. I had become the owner of a large cab firm, working my way up from a driver, and had enough money to buy the council house we lived in.

  • Starting with Stewardship

Starting with Stewardship

May 9th, 2017|0 Comments

I am fairly new to the world of fatherhood, but so much has changed since last May that I [...]

  • This Makes Life Worth Living

This Makes Life Worth Living

May 9th, 2017|3 Comments

Yesterday my Son and I took an impromptu trip to my headquarters (home depot) because I had a random idea for our back yard that I just had to act on. I loaded up my son in the truck and gave him his toys, and blankets, which he promptly threw off, and were on our way.

  • 4 Themes

Top Four Themes of Your Life with Your Children

May 4th, 2017|2 Comments

When I think about the way I approach being a father to my kids, I look for themes. Organizing [...]

  • Parenting With The End sight

Parenting With The End In Sight

May 1st, 2017|15 Comments

Have you ever climbed Mount Everest? Me neither. But I am a father, and I imagine there are some parallels [...]

  • Unexpected Journey

An Unexpected Special Needs Journey

April 30th, 2017|8 Comments

I Was Meant To Be A Dad I'm a simple guy. There isn't much in this world that I [...]

  • The World needs Men

The World Needs Men

April 29th, 2017|10 Comments

The World needs Men. Men are the key architects of our bridge to the future. And our children are our future – our bridge to the future. Yes, Men are necessary.

  • Fatherhood is Global

Fatherhood. It’s a Global Movement

April 28th, 2017|4 Comments

Children have always been the center of a man’s universe. Since the beginning of time, Fathers have cast their own dreams aside and given our children – our bridge to the future – the freedom to dream dreams.

  • Be Curious

How To Nurture Curiosity In Your Child

April 28th, 2017|1 Comment

Whether we are adults or kids, curiosity is a path to happiness. When we allow our imaginations to roam freely and our minds to absorb whatever interests us, we feel happier and less stressed. Our children enter the world as happy little sponges, guided by lighthearted curious natures. Kids love to learn and make sense of the world. When you think about it, the amount of knowledge children acquire by being curious is truly amazing.

  • Encouraging Happiness

Encouraging Happiness: Our children get one chance at being a child.

April 27th, 2017|4 Comments

It’s inevitable that as a parent you will be asked, in a convincing way by your child to support their newest interest. Kids are naturally curious and spend a lot of their lives trying to find their place. What interests them, will it continue to interest them or are they going to stick it out and eventually be great at it. We as their parent have a few ways to respond to this but not all are going to encourage them.

  • Emotional Engagement

Empowering Emotional Engagement – Your Child’s Emotional Labyrinth

April 26th, 2017|0 Comments

In a recent post, I discussed how to raise an empathic child. In that post, I mentioned a key element [...]

  • Be Open-Minded

Unlearning Restrictions That Are Put Upon Us. Be Open-Minded

April 26th, 2017|3 Comments

Before our son, Joshua, was born it was so important for us that he didn’t have any restrictions put [...]

  • I have been Selfish

Sometimes, I am amazed by how selfish I can be.

April 25th, 2017|5 Comments

A good friend of mine, and my minister, Jed Mullinex, says to be closer to God, one must love the things God Loves. Simple enough. I would imagine the opposite is true as well. To be further from God, love the things God doesn’t love. Today, I am excited to introduce you a father who presented me with a ‘teachable moment’ without trying. If you know me or follow this blog, you know I am a believer in Jesus Christ. I have found refuge in knowing that in my toughest times, God has had his hand in my life. Often I didn’t deserve his grace, but thankfully, he was there.

  • The Art of Knowing and Defeating Your Enemies

The Art of Knowing and Defeating Your Enemies

April 12th, 2017|4 Comments

“If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.” Sun Tzu An Enemy is described as, “a person who feels hatred for, fosters harmful designs against, or engages in antagonistic activities against another; an adversary or opponent.”

  • Be Independent

“Daddy I did it, I did it!” How I Teach My Kid To Be Independent

April 10th, 2017|4 Comments

As a parent, one of my favorite things about being a father to my son is teaching him lessons every day. Being respectful, being positive, and being active are a few of my favorite traits to teach him. Of all the things I want to teach him, teaching my son how to be independent is very important. This gift he will carry for the rest of his life. At the age of six, I can now give my son small simple tasks that he can complete on his own.

  • Maintaining Calm during Job Loss

7 Things To Do When You Lose Your Job. Keeping the Family Together

April 10th, 2017|1 Comment

It is easy to say, spend more time with your kids. The challenge is, in today’s world, where many parents are required to both leave home and invest 40-60 hours a week in a career, that request, “more time,” sometimes feels impossible. When a parent loses a job, there is an immediate impact for the family. Yes, financially, things have changed; however, the family has to deal with a significant number of changes. How do parents help their family survive during this tough time? Below are 8 things to consider while figuring out what is next for your career.

  • Better Safe Than Sorry

Better Safe Than Sorry

April 9th, 2017|5 Comments

 You turn for just a minute. You look back and your child is gone. Your heart jumps in a [...]

Be Supportive “Listen To What They Have to Say”

April 8th, 2017|0 Comments

 Be Supportive, what does that really mean when it comes to a child? To a child being supportive means [...]

  • 28 Opinions For Getting Your Kids To Sleep

28 Parents Share Their Opinions On Getting Your Kids To Sleep

April 7th, 2017|0 Comments

Parents weigh in on what they did to get their kids to sleep through the night!

  • Be Content

Teaching My Son To Be Content With His Life

April 7th, 2017|0 Comments

The other night I had to have a very long and important conversation with Lorenzo. He is 12 year’s old and deeply ingrained in the world of highly competitive soccer. He plays football and basketball as well, but soccer is where there seems to be most animosity and unfriendly competition. Maybe it is part of the growing pains of the sports development in this country or maybe it is specific to this small club. Either way, the situation has lent itself as teaching moment for his future and life.

  • Dio I need sleep? No, I am a robot!

Do I need sleep? No, I am a ROBOT

April 6th, 2017|0 Comments

 Bedtime can be a nightmare for any parent, regardless of how disciplined you are in your routine. There are [...]

  • HOPE + WORK = SUCCESS

Hope + Work = Success

April 5th, 2017|0 Comments

I think it's safe to say we have all reached a few points in our life, where we can't [...]

  • 40 ways to save time for your family

40 Ways To Save Time Every Day

March 31st, 2017|3 Comments

I often argue two things are required to build a strong family:    Time and a decent income.  I [...]

  • Hello Spring #LawnGoals

What are your #LAWNGOALS?

March 30th, 2017|0 Comments

Holy cow, we can’t wait for the spring to actually arrive here in Omaha. Mother Nature teased us a few weeks ago with weather more like May than February and it did nothing to keep us excited about winter weather. In an attempt to get our plan in order, Laurie and I made our first purchase for the spring season: an outdoor furniture set for the patio we installed last year. (She also created a list called Julian’s #lawngoals… more on that later)

  • 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

Grow Your Audience, Increase Engagement, and Find Followers Using Twitter

March 22nd, 2017|2 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|1 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|1 Comment

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 time to [...]

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March 9th, 2017|0 Comments

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We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak. Epictetus Click To Tweet

“The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said. ”
― Peter Drucker

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 in Southern [...]

My Inspiration

September 15th, 2016|8 Comments

Since the birth of Jeremiah, he has been nothing but an inspiration for me as he grows up.  There are [...]

How can we be more observant and inspire our kids?

September 12th, 2016|20 Comments

Isn’t inspiration the best way to ignite your child’s interest in learning? One of the best ways to get them [...]

Inspiring Your Kids To Be More Financially Responsible Than You

September 8th, 2016|5 Comments

Key Takeaways More is caught than taught with kids. Walk the walk by getting your finances in order first. [...]

Live to Inspire

September 7th, 2016|7 Comments

I have always had people in my life that have cheered me on and encouraged me to never stop learning. [...]

The Internal Fire

September 6th, 2016|8 Comments

As a Dad, we have to balance keeping our kid's feet firmly planted on the ground and letting their dreams and [...]

Do one thing every day that scares you. ― Eleanor Roosevelt Click To Tweet

“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

5 Holiday Security Tips

December 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Houses are decorated with candles and lights. Fireplaces crackle and pop [...]

Eat Your Dang Vegetables

September 7th, 2016|8 Comments

We're the family that people hate to host. The kids have a dairy allergy, my wife doesn't eat anything that [...]

A Healthy Lifestyle

September 4th, 2016|3 Comments

Most people in this world want to live a healthy lifestyle.  We want to eat better, stay in shape, and [...]

4 Steps to balancing work and health.

September 3rd, 2016|9 Comments

My family loves running and working out. We are no weightlifters but we like to keep it fit and healthy. [...]

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 [...]

Train Up a Child in the Way He Should Go

September 1st, 2016|10 Comments

When I first began my health and fitness journey seven years ago, I was on a new path of self-discovery, [...]

A Healthy Soul

August 30th, 2016|5 Comments

What does being healthy mean? Being fit? Being active? Or does it mean something else? My boys are very active [...]

Five Simple Things For A Healthier Lifestyle

August 29th, 2016|6 Comments

My husband and I started our family later in life. We are in our mid to late forty’s and have [...]

Your dad didn’t wear tights and run in the freezing cold? Weird.

August 29th, 2016|13 Comments

One Sentence Summary The best way to ensure your kids are healthy is to simply model it every day [...]

The Abundant Life, in Theory  

August 29th, 2016|4 Comments

 “Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” - Stephen Hawking Be well physically, by challenging your body’s abilities, [...]

A Healthy Spirit

August 28th, 2016|6 Comments

by Stephen Mack Over the past several months, I have finally resigned myself to undertake a most unenviable project – [...]

How is Your Financial Health?

August 26th, 2016|7 Comments

Remember these simple rules and you will be on your way to being much healthier. Know your net worth [...]

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 [...]

To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.… Click To Tweet

“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

Why You Shouldn’t Loan Money To Friends and Family

August 28th, 2016|6 Comments

Key Takeaways Don't loan money to friends and family. If you must give money to them, do so freely, [...]

6 Ways To Help Your Kid Be A Good Sibling

August 25th, 2016|13 Comments

Some families are blessed with having more than one child in the house. As for me, I’m blessed and truly [...]

  • Be focused

The Bond of Brothers

August 24th, 2016|5 Comments

How do you teach someone to be a good sibling? Your sibling is both the person who you love the [...]

To my only child

August 24th, 2016|3 Comments

Be a good sister, and know that you may not always be the only child in our universe. Know that [...]

Be a Good Sibling

August 24th, 2016|3 Comments

First off, no one is perfect. Far from it. I mention this because if you are one of those people [...]

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle. ― Plato #BeCompassionate Click To Tweet

“The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.”
― John Green

  • Unexpected Journey

An Unexpected Special Needs Journey

April 30th, 2017|8 Comments

I Was Meant To Be A Dad I'm a simple guy. There isn't much in this world that I [...]

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.

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

March 3rd, 2017|3 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.

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).

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

February 24th, 2017|7 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.

Four Christmas Wishes

December 20th, 2016|1 Comment

By Julian Caldwell | GetConnectDAD.com This week's Trait is "Be Hopeful." What a great week for hope to be [...]

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

December 9th, 2016|1 Comment

Boss, Do you ever have fights with your baby Mumma so much that it’s almost like every interaction turns [...]

The Role of Partner: Pregnancy

October 20th, 2016|10 Comments

As the non-pregnant partner, pregnancy can be a confusing time. Friends, family, and strangers usually focus on the expecting mother [...]

Inherit The Past  

October 19th, 2016|6 Comments

Daughter, I see you. and tonight we break bread for tomorrow there may be in store for you unimaginable hope [...]

5 ways your dog is preparing you for fatherhood

September 23rd, 2016|11 Comments

Before deciding to have a baby, many couples decide to adopt a dog first. They do this for a reason [...]

FOLLOWING THE GUIDELINES

September 1st, 2016|10 Comments

They say follow the mythological rulebook. The things they eat is down to what you cook. The dirtier they [...]

MY SON, MY HERO.

August 19th, 2016|12 Comments

He stands there in front of me, Wearing his dimpled smile. Filled with happiness, And a beautiful innocence. Little does [...]

Being a Father and Raising Boys to Have Compassion

August 19th, 2016|6 Comments

We teamed up this week with Simply BTs (an awesome YouTube Channel) and they answered the question, what do you want [...]

There will be great, positive vibes, more happiness and less hate going around.

August 18th, 2016|3 Comments

Key Takeaways We are responsible for making healing our nations What do you want to leave your kids? Being [...]

Of Being Compassionate, Being Kind. In other words, having a heart !!

August 18th, 2016|6 Comments

Key Takeaways Why shouldn't you share when you have an abundance? Compassion is when you feel for someone. How [...]

“You go, and do likewise.”

August 18th, 2016|3 Comments

A man strides through the wilderness, alone and without peer, With steady step and focused eye and iron in his [...]

We are all in too much of a hurry, slow down, be compassionate

August 18th, 2016|9 Comments

Treat others as you want to be treated was the first lesson taught to me by my father and [...]

Childish Compassion

August 17th, 2016|9 Comments

Key Takeaways We can learn much from watching our 8 year olds Puerto Rico is an awesome country 🙂 [...]

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Give your seat to an elderly person or a lady if you are a gentleman

August 17th, 2016|6 Comments

Article Highlights Leading by example is of all the traits the most important step If you are patient with your [...]

A Golden Compass

August 17th, 2016|9 Comments

Let compassion be your compass, even as it was the passion of the Christ. When you put yourself in someone [...]

Primrose Hill, Magic, and a Sand Box

August 17th, 2016|4 Comments

We are not a family that tends to stay home much when mum and I are off work. We [...]

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle. ― Plato #BeCompassionate Click To Tweet

“The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.”
― John Green

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.

  • Remember what we were like before our baby? Fun, spontaneous, up for a drink, probably awake? Well forget all that. We are now over-tired, under-fed, vaguely with it parentals. Yet you want to come and visit us, or have insisted we come to yours, anyway. To see the baby. I get it.

24 Things Friends Need To Know When They Next See Us

February 5th, 2017|5 Comments

Remember what we were like before our baby? Fun, spontaneous, up for a drink, probably awake? Well, forget all that. We are now over-tired, under-fed, vaguely, with it parentals.

Be Yourself

January 26th, 2017|3 Comments

What does it mean to "Be Yourself?" This is something that I have been struggling with for the past 8 [...]

Sports athletes are great, but dads are the real MVPs in their kids lives.

October 23rd, 2016|5 Comments

The USA won 121 medals at the 2016 Olympics in Rio this past summer. Americans [...]

Real Dads, Real Kids, Real Life

October 20th, 2016|6 Comments

Championship season is here. The Penguins just took home the Stanley Cup. Within the next [...]

Inherit The Past  

October 19th, 2016|6 Comments

Daughter, I see you. and tonight we break bread for tomorrow there may be in store for you unimaginable hope [...]

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Dear Dad

October 14th, 2016|3 Comments

I can’t believe how blessed I am to call you my dad! There are no words to describe my [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

The Fibs We Tell Our Kids

October 6th, 2016|7 Comments

I remember as a kid being told not to tell lies, always tell the truth and yet here I am [...]

Authenticity, the biggest thing I can teach my son.

August 12th, 2016|7 Comments

As our children grow up and start school and start making friends, the pressure to fit in with the other [...]

What have our children come to teach us? Be Authentic

August 12th, 2016|2 Comments

In our effort to instruct, inform and guide our children, we often forget the importance of just allowing them [...]

FATHERHOOD AUTHENTICITY.

August 12th, 2016|9 Comments

Father! there are some that do not deserve that title, not realizing that every child needs someone so vital. To [...]

Our Selves

August 12th, 2016|6 Comments

We were created, not without form or void, but fearfully and wonderfully made. When two of our worlds cross paths— [...]

Give Them Roots: Instilling Values in our Children

August 12th, 2016|12 Comments

By Stephanie Lowry (SIC Mama) As a mother of five with Italian heritage, I feel an immense need to instill [...]

Be What You Are Kid, Be Authentic!!

August 11th, 2016|6 Comments

Dear Kyra, How is growing up treating you? Are you having fun? Last night, me and your mom were watching [...]

They pick up on everything…

August 11th, 2016|2 Comments

I think one of the most fantastic things about children is that they pick up on everything. Everything. All of [...]

Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Taken

August 10th, 2016|4 Comments

At 8:31am on June 30, 2016 I became a dad. The first few days of parenthood were terrifying, but as [...]

Be Authentic

August 10th, 2016|5 Comments

Seems like the word has started to be more of a buzz word and lose some of it’s meaning so [...]

How to Raise Healthy and Happy Children

August 7th, 2016|9 Comments

It is amazing the lifestyle changes that happen when you have a baby. Some of the changes

Dear Dad

June 19th, 2016|2 Comments

On this Father's Day, I want you to know one thing...I forgive you. It's been many years since we've spoken. [...]

Dear Dad

June 19th, 2016|0 Comments

I wish you were still here to see all the things I am doing. I started playing guitar after you died. You would love what I am doing with my children’s music. I remember when you gave Kim the guitar. You never knew I would be the one who would learn to play. I’m working on my fourth CD for children now. You would be so proud. I miss you so much and I miss your love and support. I asked you on your deathbed what you were thinking about and you said, “my family.” I know that you didn’t always get what it meant to be an involved father and you did a lot of things wrong, but I heard you as you knew and regretted those mistakes. You loved us all very much and I know if you could come back you would do so many things differently.

From Taylor to Dad

June 19th, 2016|4 Comments

About the Author's Father Ed @360_parenting provides single parent  resources for those hurt and waiting for justice to be served. All parents [...]

Dear Dad

June 18th, 2016|1 Comment

Dear Dad, Thank you for everything that you provided for our family as I was growing up. As an adult I sometimes think back and remember how comfortable I was growing up, and I don’t recall ever really wanting for much. However, I also recall that as I grew older, you didn’t interact and spend much time with your children. Over the last several years I have tried to figure out how that happened. How could you be such a good provider and create a comfortable home life, but not be a part of other family life activities? As I mulled it over the last 2 or 3 days, I think I finally figured it out.

Dear Dad

June 18th, 2016|0 Comments

HAPPY FATHERS DAY!!! You were then and are now the greatest man I will ever know. The older I got [...]

Dear Dad

June 18th, 2016|1 Comment

For fathers day I wanted to share with the world the amazing person who I am grateful to call [...]

Mother’s Day 2017

May 8th, 2016|2 Comments

Check out what Amanda Hughey can do for you!!!! As a father, committed to becoming a better dad, [...]

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Spoiled Waffles. Be Authentic

April 29th, 2016|1 Comment

As individuals we spend most of our lives trying to find who we are. At least for me the [...]

The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are. ― C.G. Jung Click To Tweet

“We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.”
― May Sarton

Be Accountable

At the Special Ed Round Table: Making it Work

May 20th, 2017|5 Comments

If you thought being called to the principal’s office was bad, imagine showing up to a team of six [...]

Whose fault is the ‘Entitled’ Generation?

May 9th, 2017|0 Comments

If you have ever seen a child throw a temper tantrum in a store and seen the parents give [...]

  • 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.

 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.

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Finding Yourself as a Father

January 26th, 2017|2 Comments

There’s a lot of emphasis today on men finding themselves. Honestly, I’ve never really understood the term. Luckily for [...]

How do you parent without tough love?

December 27th, 2016|1 Comment

Dealing with a son who had a drug addition, I had to use some tough love. What is it [...]

I made the decision to never let a drop of alcohol pass my lips whilst my son needs me.

November 15th, 2016|16 Comments

My father was and, as far as I know, still is an alcoholic. Because my mum had incredible insight, [...]

Why I will not Trick or Treat with my Son

October 31st, 2016|6 Comments

It was only a few years ago that my son went trick or treating for the first time. Together we [...]

The Joy Of Fatherhood

October 24th, 2016|10 Comments

When it's two in the morning and my son wakes up screaming, And all I want is one night of [...]

A Father’s Blessing

August 5th, 2016|4 Comments

It wasn’t till she was grown that she knew her daddy’s standard wasn’t unfair, but as high as he thought [...]

  • 1 Simple Thing to Teach Accountability to a Toddler

Can we teach toddlers to be accountable? Is the Pope Catholic?

August 4th, 2016|5 Comments

The other day my 18 month old son, who - if you follow me on social media know - I [...]

I will continue to lead and guide my child on the right path of life. It’s my job.

August 3rd, 2016|4 Comments

First off, what is the definition of accountability? To me, it means being responsible and taking responsibility for my own actions.  How [...]

If you make a mistake, fix it. A dad’s message to his boys.

August 1st, 2016|1 Comment

We often confuse being responsible for something with being accountable for it. It is easy to say, “I am sorry”, [...]

At the end of the day we are accountable to ourselves - our success is a result of what we do.… Click To Tweet

“It is wrong and immoral to seek to escape the consequences of one’s acts.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

Be Faithful

  • 9 Things I Would Tell 18 Year Old Me About Relationships

9 Things I Would Tell 18 Year Old Me About Relationships

December 21st, 2016|4 Comments

By Terrel Cotton | terrellcotton.com If I could go back in time and find an empty room with two chairs, [...]

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 [...]

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Dear Dad

October 15th, 2016|6 Comments

You are an amazing father. You need to hear that more often, and hopefully, in ways big and small, [...]

A Healthy Spirit

August 28th, 2016|6 Comments

by Stephen Mack Over the past several months, I have finally resigned myself to undertake a most unenviable project – [...]

  • ..on Faith

…on faith | Raising Kids With Faith Outside Of Religion

July 29th, 2016|7 Comments

Our son and daughter go to a kindergarten run by the local anglican church. Most non-profits seem to be run by the church here in Germany, in a benevolent Sound of Music kind of way. My daughter loves to sing the songs she’s learned at kindergarten at the top of her little lungs all day and all night. Her favorite song of late goes like this: “lasst uns miteinander, lasst uns miteinander – SINGEN, BETEN, LOBEN DEM HERRN!” (that last part is where I need to cover my ears so I don’t lose what little hearing I have left) The translation is, in effect: “Let us, with one another – SING, PRAY, and PRAISE THE LORD!”

The business of parenthood is a continual exercise in faith.

July 28th, 2016|3 Comments

In order to discuss faithfulness with any degree of meaning, we must begin with a definition of the term. The [...]

6 Ways Your Family Can Learn Faithfulness

July 28th, 2016|5 Comments

Let's face it. We live in an age of absolute laziness. It's to the point that we don't even [...]

Show Up

July 28th, 2016|3 Comments

Show Up. As a new father, it has caused me to think back on the things that my dad did for [...]

Faith in your brother

July 28th, 2016|4 Comments

Having a pair of boys I work hard on stressing the importance of them sticking together. As they are getting [...]

Faithfully His

July 27th, 2016|8 Comments

My visions lost within a love excelled, Arms outstretched with a want to be held, I reach down and hold [...]

Why Faith Is My Foundation as a Father

July 27th, 2016|5 Comments

As a father raising a son it is my duty and job to teach him many lessons and values in [...]

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Deeply Personal: Parent Alienation, Crappy Husband, Bad Dad, New Beginning

March 30th, 2016|5 Comments

Let me start by saying we have perfect kids. Eli, our four-year-old completely gets "parental personal time"; he never [...]

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“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”
― John Holmes

Be Happy

  • Encouraging Happiness

Encouraging Happiness: Our children get one chance at being a child.

April 27th, 2017|4 Comments

It’s inevitable that as a parent you will be asked, in a convincing way by your child to support their newest interest. Kids are naturally curious and spend a lot of their lives trying to find their place. What interests them, will it continue to interest them or are they going to stick it out and eventually be great at it. We as their parent have a few ways to respond to this but not all are going to encourage them.

Can Disney World Make You a Better Dad?

February 18th, 2017|11 Comments

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

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My Life’s Purpose Is To Make You Happy

February 5th, 2017|3 Comments

As I sit to write this, I am the 28-year-old first-time father to an almost 6-month-old daughter. She is on a blanket surrounded by her toys and her best friend, her dog Abby. Today, she’s working on sitting up longer and has found a new sound to make in Abby’s direction. I break from typing every minute or so to keep her from tipping to one side or the other (I told you, we’re working on it).

  • One Simple Lesson About Happiness

One Simple Lesson About Happiness

January 30th, 2017|3 Comments

Most parents will not agree with me, but that is all right. I raised a son, who is now [...]

  • 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 to have [...]

Have a Safe, Fun Halloween!

October 20th, 2016|7 Comments

The eve of fear and fright is upon us. No, not election day... Halloween. Boy, you are cynical. It’s one [...]

Be Happy: A Letter to My Daughter

September 26th, 2016|17 Comments

Dear E.C., One of the greatest lessons you can learn in life is that happiness is a choice. Depending [...]

A Carefree Life

September 15th, 2016|11 Comments

I find myself having to find self-restraint and not to laugh at many things that my children do. I have [...]

Do you have enough toys?

August 19th, 2016|3 Comments

You can never have too many toys! As I look at the floor covered with his toys I wonder. Is [...]

A Room Without a Roof

July 29th, 2016|3 Comments

We’ve all heard the song “Happy” Pharrell sang. It’s been out for a while and it’s pretty catchy. However, most [...]

Happiness That Followed

July 23rd, 2016|1 Comment

 It's a feeling that I've never felt, Nor have I ever known. Yet from the moment you were born, [...]

  • Worry is one of the biggest killers of happiness.

Worry is one of the biggest killers of happiness.

July 21st, 2016|7 Comments

“Don’t worry. Be happy.” It seems simple, but it’s certainly not. Worry is one of the biggest killers of [...]

There is no need to rush parenting, just let your child blossom.

July 20th, 2016|7 Comments

Usually, when I sit down to write, I find myself easing into a natural flow of words, sentences, and paragraphs as my mind ebbs and flows its contents onto the pages like a calm river on its journey towards fulfilling the knowledge of the sea. However, when I tried to sit down and think how to write about happiness as a trait, I found myself hit with a challenge that I wasn’t sure how to overcome.

Be who makes you happy

July 19th, 2016|4 Comments

By Ricky Dragoni Every parent wants nothing more, but for their kids to be happy. The problem is; how do [...]

I'm not going to worry, I will be happy. Click To Tweet

Be Generous

Giving is a sticky topic….

July 14th, 2016|2 Comments

Giving is a sticky topic…. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or [...]

Generosity: A Perspective of Service

July 14th, 2016|4 Comments

By Stephen H. Mack I love reading about acts of kindness, selflessness, and charity. Let’s face it – with the [...]

Generosity – God so loved the world that He gave…

July 14th, 2016|4 Comments

“No person was ever honored for what he received. He was honored for what he gave.” - Calvin Coolidge “The [...]

A PRICELESS GENEROSITY

July 14th, 2016|3 Comments

A PRICELESS GENEROSITY. How can I teach him all he needs to ever know, When I don't know it all. [...]

I hope my son grows to be who he wants

July 13th, 2016|3 Comments

Growing up with just a mum, life wasn't always easy, I learned not to want things, to ask for things because [...]

The Season of Unexpected Generosity

July 13th, 2016|2 Comments

Be generous. 2 simple words. Extremely impactful. On the topic of generosity, I’d like to tell you a story. It’s [...]

The shirt off my back

July 12th, 2016|7 Comments

The other night after dinner my oldest tells me: “I am glad Michael and Kelvin got to stay for dinner, [...]

There is such joy in giving. Check out these incredible stories. Click To Tweet

“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”
― John Holmes