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7 Principles for Raising Sons

From an early age, we can recognize the innate differences between our sons and daughters.  But it’s even more important to understand how to handle those differences and uniquely parent your boys well.  Part of our job as parents is to turn our rambunctious, young sons into respectful, mature men.  So here are several principles for raising boys well.  First, channel their energy.  Instead of constantly telling...
Aug 16, 2018 / Motherhood

6 Short Sentences Your Child Needs to Hear You Say

There are some short sentences that every child needs to hear, on a regular basis, from their dad.  These sentences can make or break their sense of identity, belonging, security and value. For example, tell your child “I'm here for you.” Being available to your child is incredibly important. And it’s more than just permission to come to you when times are tough…it’s an invitation with a welcome mat.  It tells...
Aug 15, 2018 / Relationships and Communication

10 Questions to Ask Your Child’s Date

Movies have a way of making puppy love seem sweet and innocent.  But when our kids begin dating in real life, it becomes a whole different ball game.  So how involved should dads be in their child’s dating life?  Well, here are some things to know about the person your child is dating.  First, learn the basics.  For safety reasons, you should know their cell number, the type of car they drive, their parents’...
Aug 14, 2018 / Fatherhood

Feeling Overwhelmed All the Time?

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the pressures and busyness of life, you’re not alone. And if you aren’t careful, those things can lead you to a searing desert where joy evaporates. But solitude and silence are an oasis that can help you gain perspective in at least five ways. First, solitude and silence can make you feel helpless and help you realize you’re not in control of so many things in life. And when you...
Aug 13, 2018 / General

5 Reasons Why Home is the Hardest Place to Lead

It’s tough to lead at the office. You have constant HR headaches, cash flow issues, and operational problems, just to name a few. But it’s a lot tougher to lead at home.  Why? First, you can’t fire your children. You’re a parent forever, no matter what your children say or do. Second, there is no paid or unpaid time off. You are always on the job, 24/7, doing their laundry, helping with homework, carpooling them...
Aug 10, 2018 / Relationships and Communication

Are You Being Curt or Courteous with Your Spouse?

Words matter.  I choose them carefully and look for the right words for the situation. But I’ve learned there’s a fine line between being curt and courteous. How we say the words is as important as what we say.  There are three things we need to remember about communicating with our spouse that make all the difference.  First, the way we use our body can change an innocent comment into the start of something bad. ...
Aug 09, 2018 / Communication

8 Great Dates for Moms and Sons

You see your son every day.  But how often do you spend uninterrupted one-on-one time with him?  Love your son well by planning out a date for just the two of you.  Here are some great dates for moms and sons.  First, play a sport together.  Most boys love being active.  Even if you’re not the best athlete, be a good sport by going to the batting cages or basketball courts with him.  Second, chow down.  Surprise...
Aug 08, 2018 / Motherhood

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