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Are Your Kids Running You Ragged?

Some parents make their marriage a top priority. Many parents do not. Instead, they do everything for their kids to the detriment of their marriage. They help their kids with things they should do on their own. They take their kids everywhere they want to go, and buy them everything they want. But when parents make their kids the center of the universe, three things happen. First, your marriage will suffer. Your...
Sep 24, 2021 / General

Protecting Your Child from Stress

A recent study from my alma mater, the University of Florida, revealed that major childhood stresses—like divorce, exposure to substance abuse, and economic hardship—have an almost immediate negative impact on a child’s health.  So, what can you do? First, protect your child from the stress of divorce. Sometimes divorce is beyond the control of a spouse. However, there are times when couples all too quickly buy...
Sep 22, 2021 / Fatherhood

5 Steps to Dealing with Anger in Children

Most families don't have a plan for dealing with anger. They just continue on, hoping things will get better. When families don't resolve their anger, however, they just keep trying to start over. Trying again is helpful, but we each need to have a bigger plan if we want negative patterns or anger to change. Five Steps toward an Anger-Management Plan There are five essential steps in helping children deal...
Sep 16, 2021 / General

How to Guarantee Your Teen Learns Nothing from Bad Decisions

The question is not whether your teen will make a bone-headed or maybe even rebellious decision. The question is how you, the parent, will react. Here are some ways that will guarantee your teen learns absolutely nothing from a bad decision. First, protect them from all painful, uncomfortable, expensive or embarrassing consequences. This will ensure that they will do it again. They’ll think they can do pretty much...
Sep 13, 2021 / Life Stage: Pre-Teens and Teenagers

10 Essentials for the Successful Dad

If you’re a father, being a dad is your most important job. And in that job, it’s important to have a job description that spells out what is required of you. So, here are some essentials to being a successful dad. First, spend quantity time with your kids. How you spend your time is a reflection of what’s important to you. You value your kids by being with them, making memories that will last a lifetime.  Second,...
Sep 06, 2021 / Fatherhood

Why Education is Not the Most Important Thing

Most parents are extremely focused on the grades their child gets but what about how they get them? Are they cutting corners or cheating to achieve those grades? While education is obviously very important, the character and integrity our children establish should be the most important. If your child is getting an A in the classroom and an F in character, have they really learned anything of significance? What...
Aug 26, 2021 / School and Learning

How to Help Your Daughter Believe She’s Beautiful

In this image-obsessed culture, your daughter is constantly wondering if she’s beautiful.  Here are three ways you can help her see her beauty. First, TELL her.  Don’t wait for your daughter to ask you if you think she’s beautiful…look for opportunities to tell her, unprompted, how beautiful she is on the inside and outside.  Tell her that she makes what she wears beautiful, not vice versa.  Telling her that she...
Aug 23, 2021 / Fatherhood

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