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8 Great Dates for Moms and Sons

You see your son every day.  But how often do you spend uninterrupted one-on-one time with him?  Love your son well by planning out a date for just the two of you.  Here are some great dates for moms and sons.  First, play a sport together.  Most boys love being active.  Even if you’re not the best athlete, be a good sport by going to the batting cages or basketball courts with him.  Second, chow down.  Surprise...
Aug 08, 2019 / Motherhood

Raising Daughters to Be Confident

Our daughters are under attack.  Everywhere they turn, culture is telling them that they aren’t good enough.  As fathers, we have an obligation to instill confidence, along with humility, into our daughters.  So here are some tips for raising daughters to be confident.  First, truly listen to her.  Listen more, lecture less. She needs to know she has your ear, you really understand her, and that you are there for...
Aug 06, 2019 / Fatherhood

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...
Jul 31, 2019 / General

Investing Time in Your Kids

You pour everything you’ve got—your time, emotions, energy—into raising your kids, but you aren’t seeing any return on your investment.  As your kids move into the teen years, you may even begin to see a “dip” in your parenting portfolio.  But don’t lose heart. Remember that parenting is a long-term investment. So don’t look at the day to day returns which will fluctuate, but take a long term approach. You may not...
Jul 29, 2019 / General

What Makes a Good Parent?

Do you remember leaving the hospital with your first child? You may have thought, “what do I do now?” As you’ve continued your parenting journey you may have also thought, “Am I even doing this right?” Well, there is no instruction manual that comes with our kids.  There’s no scientific check-up to determine if you’re being a good parent.  But there are some things to consider. First, check where you’re spending...
Jul 26, 2019 / Step Parenting

10 Things to Teach Your Son About True Manhood

Our culture has a lot to say about what it means to be a man.  It tells us a man has to be strong and handsome, win every fight, and of course, get the girl.  But is that really what it takes to be a man?  I’d like to paint a different picture of what a true man looks like. So here are several things to teach your son about manhood.  First, being a gentleman is still worth the effort.  Opening the car door and...
Jul 22, 2019 / Fatherhood

7 Ways to Know You Are Being a Good Mom

Recently, my wife Susan, shared with me that, at a basic level, you’re a good mom if your child knows you love them.  Simple gestures from your kids reveal whether they know you love them.  So here are some actions to look for in your children that will help you know you are being a good mom.  First, you know you’re being a good mom when your child shares their fears and dreams with you.  Second, when your older...
Jul 16, 2019 / Motherhood

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