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Teenager and Parent Relationship Advice

Over the years, my wife, Susan has taught me how to maintain a great relationship with each of our children. Here are a few lessons I’ve learned. First, don’t take it personally.  When my daughters became teens, I didn’t understand…“Why doesn’t she want to hold my hand?” “Why would she rather go to the mall than go bike riding with me?” Susan told me, “Don’t take it personally, and don’t try to force anything…give...
Jun 25, 2019 / Life Stage: Pre-Teens and Teenagers

What a Daughter Needs from Her Father

As your daughter grows up, she’ll develop relationships with young men. But the one man she should be able to count on to always be there for her is you: her Dad.  You play a huge role in your daughter’s journey from a little girl to a young lady.  And on that journey, here are 7 things your daughter needs from you.  First, she needs you to be involved.  Ask her about her day, join her in her hobbies, and become a...
Jun 21, 2019 / Fatherhood

Why Expecting the Unexpected is Important in Parenting

When our kids are young, we map out in our minds what we want for them.  We want them to be successful in school, in work, and in relationships.  But many unexpected things will occur in their lives.  Our kids will fail, face rejection, get sick, and make poor choices.  A key to parenting is to expect the unexpected when raising your kids.  Here are 3 reasons why. First, it helps you avoid overreacting.  Expecting...
Jun 20, 2019 / General

What You Need to Know for Raising Sons

We all know that boys are very different from girls.  Generally speaking, boys are rougher, louder, and less attentive.  So how can you raise your boy to be a responsible man?  Here are 7 principles for raising sons well.  First, channel their energy.  Rather than try to get rid of your son’s energy, channel it into something productive like sports, arts, or other activities with friends.  Second, protect their...
Jun 19, 2019 / Motherhood

Life Hacks for Dads

In life, we tend to overthink so many situations.  But by the time we study, observe, and contemplate the issue, it’s already passed or gotten worse.  Sometimes, the best thing to do is nip it in the bud and deal with issues right when they arise.  This is where life hacks come in handy.  Life hacks are short cuts that make life easier.  So when life gets stressful, here are some Life Hacks for you Dads.  First,...
Jun 14, 2019 / Fatherhood

News Alert: Your Kids Are Not the Center of the Universe

Once when my wife and I were about to go out, my daughter said, “But Mom, I want you to stay here!”  My wife replied, “No honey.  I’m going on a date with Daddy.”  Wow, I felt like a million bucks. My wife was protecting her time with me and making us a priority. Our kids need to know how much we love them…that they are a priority to us as well…but, that they are not the center of the universe.  If they think they...
Jun 13, 2019 / General

Life Hacks for Moms

Life Hacks are simple ideas that make life easier.  And if there’s anyone who needs a good life hack, it’s moms.  Moms are the ones who keep families going with their encouragement, support, love, and selflessness.  So here are some 7 ways to deal with stress for moms.  First, we have a Conversation Life Hack.  This gives moms simple conversation starters to stay involved in their kids’ lives.  Second, check out...
Jun 12, 2019 / Motherhood

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