Remember to say “Thank You”

Cleaning the garage today I stumbled on a thank you note from my daughter in law from August 2012. My son and d-i-l had moved from Southern California to Fort Collins, Colorado and I drove the U-Haul. So she wrote the following kindness: Dear Parent of the year (don’t you dare tell Kelly!): Thank you […]

12 Ways to Pray for Your Children

The following list enables you to concentrate your prayer efforts for your children. One suggested method for this list is to take one area a month and focus on that with your children. This will insure that you covered these significant issues in the course of a year. YOU SHOULD ALWAYS GIVE THANKS FOR YOUR […]

Parenting With the End in Mind

Parenting is leadership.  As such, parenting is a forward-looking enterprise.  Like every forward-looking enterprise there are day-to-day elements  governed by long-term objectives.  Most parents fail in seeing themselves as leaders who plan according to future goals, or their goals are reactive and fear driven. When you are driven by fear you make statements about the […]

Father Reflections on Departure, Adventure, Parenting

Well, it has begun. Caleb leaves for London today.  Joe leaves for Westmont on the 26th. Couldn’t be more excited for both of them. Curious about the future, and my emotional response to their leaving. A sort of final departure. [imagebrowser id=2] When did it all happen.  It wasn’t long ago that I was standing […]

Paying girls NOT to get Pregnant

How about this for incentive:  Pay your daughter to not get pregnant. There is actually a program called College Bound Sisters at the University of North Carolina Greensboro.  The goals of the program are to help girls graduate high school, enroll in college while avoiding pregnancy and they incentivize the girls with a $7 a […]

Stop Praising Your Kids for their Achievements

As a legendary and long term youth baseball coach I have witnessed my share of fascinating parental behavior.  Not the most extreme is the ongoing phenomenon of parents paying their children for hitting home runs.  I am baffled by that behavior.  As a lifelong baseball/softball player, home runs have never been my forte.  I have […]

Should we tell the kids?

To tell or not to tell, this is a common problem many parents with shady personal  histories face.  Should we tell the kids about our past drug usage?  How about a relational indiscretion?  What part of our past must we reveal to our children? This is not as difficult as it may seem at first […]