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Fatherlessness: Help Me Take a Stand on Breaking the Cycle

In the early 1990s, there was a national debate about whether fathers were important or not in the lives of their kids.  Of course, we all know that fathers play a huge role in their children’s upbringing.  We conducted and found many studies that clearly revealed that fatherless kids were more likely to live in poverty, do drugs and have problems in school.  Former NFL coach Tony Dungy and I talked about this...
Jun 27, 2019 / Miscellaneous

5 Places You and Your Kids Can Serve Others

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. told us what greatness is all about. He said, “Everyone can be great because everyone can serve.” One of our jobs as parents is to talk to our kids about the significance of serving others and show them how to do it. Serving others starts in your family. You don’t have to look any farther than the four walls of your home to serve others. Doing chores together around the house, such as...
Jun 18, 2019 / Character

Huddle Up Questions

In a sports game, you huddle up to reconnect and get back on the same page as your team mates.  In the same way, huddling up with your kids is a great way to escape the busyness of life and reconnect with them.  So huddle up with your kids tonight and use our list of 10 Huddle Up Questions.  Try asking, “What was one of your biggest mistakes and what did you learn from it?” or “What is the most important thing I...
Jun 07, 2019 / Relationships and Communication

Why Busyness is Not a Badge of Honor

Not many days go by without someone telling me how busy they are.  They explain how they’re swamped with work or with kids or with traveling.  I’ve said the same kind of things. But the odd thing is how some people say how busy they are with a sense of pride. They equate busyness with value, with importance, and with honor.  Here are 3 reasons why busyness is not a badge of honor.  First, it harms our kids.  When...
Jun 06, 2019 / Family Living

20 Questions to Ask Your Child

To really love your child, you must know them.  And knowing your child comes through spending time talking with them.  My wife has done an awesome job of this with her “Pillow Talk” questions—open-ended questions she asks to get our kids talking.  This way, they were able to stay connected in the midst of their busy lives.  I encourage you to share meaningful conversations with your kids by using these 20...
Jun 05, 2019 / Relationships and Communication

5 Family Financial Priorities

Unfortunately, it’s really easy to spend money. The best way to avoid wasting your hard-earned money is by forming financial priorities. So here are 3 specific financial priorities for you and your family. First, shelter is a priority. But, keep in mind, it’s not about having more garage doors than your neighbor—it’s about choosing a home based on safety, local education, and affordability. Second, nourishment is...
May 29, 2019 / Family Living

4 Family Activity Ideas You Should Make Your Kids Do

We’re creatures of habit: We enjoy going to the same places and doing the same things week after week. And there’s nothing wrong with that, right? Well, sometimes habits cause you to miss out on new adventures. So break your routine with these 3 family activity ideas you should make your kids do. First, go on a cultural adventure. Check around town for a cool museum exhibit or musical performance. Second, do...
May 28, 2019 / Family Time & Vacations

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