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10 Ways to Totally Frustrate Your Kids

Looking to frustrate your kids? It’s not hard, they seem to always be on the edge of some cliff that drops off into an abyss of angst. And it only takes a little nudge to send them tumbling. Then you and your spouse can sit back and be satisfied that you played an integral role … Continue reading

Family Friday: Summertime Activities to Keep Everyone Moving

Looking for something to do this summer that keeps you together as a family and keeps you moving? Summer is a great time to exercise and a great time to strengthen those family bonds. Below is an article I wrote for More to Life Magazine that gives some suggestions for family activities. A suggestion: Be … Continue reading

6 Ways to Build Confidence (and Conquer the World)

It was time for those awful standardized tests. You remember the ones. The #2 pencils, the timer, the endless questions, the pressure, the teacher saying, “Time’s up. Pencils down. Tests closed.” The thought of it makes my palms sweat and stomach twist into a knot. Well, for homeschooled kids the test is taken on the … Continue reading

Things My Parents Taught Me

A parent’s job is not an easy one. I know this comes as no shock revelation to anyone but sometimes it bears mentioning again, just as a reminder. My wife and I are entering into a certain period of raising children when the focus becomes less on obeying our rules and more on the reasons for … Continue reading

The Most Important Job in the World!

I have found the most important job in the world. It’s people oriented. No experience necessary. On-the-job training. Full-time; and I mean really full-time. But there is no benefit package: no vacation time, no sick days, and no personal days. The job is thankless, tiring, and demanding. You’re always on call, there’s always plenty to do, and never enough time to … Continue reading

Even In Our Vomit

Flu season was upon us. Jen and I were sleeping peacefully when I heard our bedroom door open. Climbing out of my deep sleep I saw daughter #2 standing in the doorway looking very pale and discomfited. I looked at the clock—2:12—and snorted. But before I could say anything she coughed and proceeded to be … Continue reading

Entering Teenagedom With Confidence

My wife and I recently welcomed our oldest daughter into teenagedom. Now, we’ve been hearing horror stories about this season of life for years. “Oh, just wait ’til you hit the teenage years.” “You think it’s tough now, wait until you’re living with a teenager.” “Hope you make it through the teenage years.” You’d think … Continue reading

Stupid Questions, Teaching Moment

I could tell the tears were ready to flow. The other day I was relaxing in the living room when Daughter #2 pushed open the door and made a beeline for the sofa. She’d been outside with her sisters playing in the yard. I knew immediately by the look on her face that something had … Continue reading

When IT Appears (Boys!)

It’s happening. My worst nightmare has suddenly been thrust upon me like a hundred pound weight dropped from a four story building. There’s nothing I can do about it. It had to happen sooner or later. I guess I was hoping for later . . . much later. But as it tends to do, time has crept … Continue reading

All I Need to Know About Life I Learned From My Kids

Life is full of lessons. And for the astute observer you can learn something by watching just about anything. I have four daughters and I’ve learned a lot about myself and life by watching them. In fact, it’s quite possible I’ve learned all I need to know about life from my children. And I’ve taken … Continue reading

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