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Ask for Nothing and Get Everything for Christmas

You see, if I ask them to get me nothing, I may truly get everything for Christmas. Here are three reasons this might be the very best thing I could do for my family this year. First, it gets the focus off of me. When it’s not about me getting something, it helps me to think more about giving something, which is the real spirit of Christmas. Second, it helps focus our family’s attention on what we already have and...
Nov 25, 2022 / Holidays

Thanksgiving Traditions

Maybe it’s watching the parade or football game on TV. Maybe it’s playing football or games in the backyard. That special dish you serve every year can be a great tradition as well.  Each family member sharing what they’re thankful for as you gather around the dinner table can be a very meaningful tradition.  Your tradition might even include inviting a family that’s less fortunate.  Think about it. What tradition...
Nov 23, 2022 / Holidays

Are You Blind to Your Amazing Blessings?

It’s been said that “The eyes are useless when the mind is blind.” If that is true, I think I’ve approached a lot of Thanksgivings with a dim view of my many real blessings. I don’t always have the awe and wonder that I should. I should be in awe of the simple amazing blessings in my life. I should be really thankful for the simple things we take for granted like running water, climate-controlled homes, a...
Nov 22, 2022 / Inspirational

Fighting for Your Family - A Veteran's Perspective

Most of us have fought for our families in some way or another, but have you ever considered that there are over 20 million living American veterans who have literally fought for your family? The purpose of Veteran’s Day is to honor our veterans who have served and sacrificed for the common good of all Americans. There are many tangible ways we can acknowledge their sacrifice, but the easiest is to simply say,...
Nov 09, 2022 / Family Living

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 25, 2022 / Inspirational

Be Present, Not Balanced: Stop Trying to Live a Well-Balanced Life

So-called work-life balance is a myth. People search for it, but never find it.  So stop worrying about achieving that balance and start striving to be present. Think about these three Ps that will help you to be more focused on being present for your family.  First, prioritize. When you step back and look at how you spend your time, you’ll realize that some things like your favorite television show just aren’t as...
Sep 28, 2022 / Relationships and Communication

5 Things to Say to Your Kids Every Day

Part of being a great dad…an All Pro Dad, means using words that encourage your kids.  It means taking every opportunity you get to make your child feel special and loved by you.  So here are some things you should say to your kids every day.  First say, “I love you.”  Love is the foundation for building a strong relationship with your kids.  And since you can never say it too often, tell your kids you love...
Sep 20, 2022 / Relationships and Communication

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