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The Passionate Mom

Every mom desires to do her job well. But how can a mom know she’s doing it right?  And with all of the parenting options out there, how can a mother feel confident with her choices? The answer lies in a new book, The Passionate Mom, written by my wife Susan. The book shows mothers what they can start doing today to turn their passion for their children into a plan to protect them and provide them a promising...
Apr 09, 2021 / Motherhood

9 Steps to Prevent Child Abduction

Well, actually the concept of “stranger” can be confusing to children, so instead, teach them to recognize unsafe situations. Warn against adults who might stop to ask for directions or help in finding a lost pet. Tell your children never to go anywhere with an adult who doesn’t know the family password. Teach your children that it’s OK to run away or cause a loud scene if they feel someone might be dangerous....
Apr 07, 2021 / General

Vision Exam

The other day, my son tried on my reading glasses.  “Wow!” he said, “I can see really good up close, but far away—it’s blurry.”  That made me think … all children, whether they need glasses or not, are “near-sighted.”  Like my son, they only see what’s up close… what’s happening today at school or tonight after dinner.  Stuff in the distance —college, marriage, career—that’s more fuzzy and out of focus.  Parents...
Apr 06, 2021 / General

Read the Lyrics

Recently, I asked my son for his iPod so I could check out the songs he was listening to.  I Googled the lyrics for the songs, and most were just fine.  But I did find a couple that weren’t.  I sat down with him and showed him the objectionable lyrics.  While reading through the words, I think we were both a bit surprised at the coarse language, degradation of women and sexual content in the lyrics.  After he...
Apr 02, 2021 / General

4 Ways to Not Make Your Dreams Your Kids’ Dreams

All too often, moms and dads want their kids to pursue the same dreams they once had.  The dad who was captain of the football team wants more than anything for his son to be the star of the team.  The mom who was a concert pianist now drags her daughter to piano lessons every week in hopes that she’ll be in the spotlight.  Instead of making your goals their goals, it’s important to let your kids dream their own...
Mar 31, 2021 / General

7 Ways to Know You Are Being a Good Dad

As I travel around the country and speak with a lot of fathers, I’ve found that there’s one question that comes to the mind of most dads: “Am I being a good dad?” Well, here are 7 practical ways to help you answer that question.  First, you’re being a good father when you really listen to your kids.  That means giving them your full attention and not constantly looking at your phone or laptop.  Second, you know...
Mar 26, 2021 / Fatherhood

The Top Apps for Kids

From iPhones to iPads, laptops to video games, it seems our kids are never short on entertainment.  But even with our kids spending more and more time using technology, our job as parents remains this: to guard our children’s hearts and minds.  Knowing what apps your child uses is key—as well as knowing what those apps are capable of.  Here are some of the top apps kids are using.  First, there’s Instagram. ...
Mar 25, 2021 / School and Learning

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