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5 Reasons Why We Don't Want to Change

In November 2010, the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology revealed a study about peoples’ fear of change. Students were given a choice between a typical curriculum and a new curriculum. Though the new curriculum required much less work, the students chose the typical curriculum. The study revealed an important truth: we crave the known and fear the unknown. Why do we fear the unknown and resist change?...
Oct 23, 2019 / Inspirational

5 Activities Good Fathers Should Stop Doing

The transition into parenthood is dynamic and life-altering. We must move from focusing on ourselves to focusing on our family first. Sometimes we have a difficult time letting go of former habits and lifestyle choices. And yet, I promise you that it is always worth it to do what’s best for your family. So here are 5 activities that good fathers must stop doing. First, quit substance abuse. I strongly encourage...
Oct 22, 2019 / Fatherhood

How Parenting Taught Me Insufficiency is Okay

Most of us want to be in control of things. We want to control people. We want to control circumstances. Basically, we want to control our entire lives. But we all know that we rarely get to decide how life goes. Author Matt Mooney wrote about a time in his life when he realized that self-sufficiency was an impossible goal. Becoming a father for the first time revealed to Matt just how out of control he really is....
Oct 21, 2019 / General

7 Ways to Not Spoil Your Children

Many parents walk a fine line between caring for their children and spoiling their children. But the difference is not too complicated. Caring is always giving your children what they need. Spoiling is always giving your children what they want. When children become accustomed to getting what they want, how they want it, and when they want it, they develop a very self-focused, selfish mind-set. So, here are a...
Oct 18, 2019 / General

9 C's That Can Kill a Marriage

My wife, Susan and I have been so happy to see friends who have had long-lasting marriages but have been saddened as well by marriages that seemed great but came to a shocking end. In a marriage failure, there are usually one or more marriage killers that are constantly present. For example, one marriage killer is comparison. One spouse might often say things like, “Why can’t you be more like her?” Or, “Why can’t...
Oct 17, 2019 / Communication

The Shelter Your Daughter Needs

In a world of danger and difficulties, our daughters need our protection. They need a shelter with a foundation of love, a frame of faithfulness, and a roof of trust. Because our role as parents is to help protect our daughters each day, it is up to us to provide for them in these 3 ways. First, provide for her physically. Physically protecting your daughter means teaching her to make safe choices and avoid...
Oct 16, 2019 / Fatherhood

Our Crazy Adoption Story

Susan and I were already blessed with three children, but then, our hearts were stirred and moved to adopt two children from Siberia, Russia. The kids were 9-years-old and 12-years-old when they came into our home. They came carrying pain, hurt, insecurity, and instability. That was 10 years ago. We now look back at the last decade and remember the struggles we went through but also the joys we’ve experienced....
Oct 15, 2019 / General

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