Feedback isn’t always necessary

In today’s world, everyone has an opinion. Maybe it is about religion. Perhaps politics? Every once in a while someone will chime in about how you raise your children. Heck, this blog itself is packed full of opinions (I happen to feel like they are correct though.) That’s just the way that we are. If we had even the slightest inkling that our opinions were wrong, we would probably keep them inside out of fear of embarrassment. Or would we? Continue reading “Feedback isn’t always necessary”

The Best Return on Your Money

I had a friend once who was so suspicious of the banking system that he wouldn’t even take out a checking account let alone set up any kind of savings. He literally kept all of his cash in a jar at his house. I would criticize him at the time about needing to put his money in the bank but the more I think about it, it wouldn’t really matter. Banks are not going to give you much of a return on your money. You might as well keep it in a jar in your bedroom or a hollowed out stump in your backyard. Continue reading “The Best Return on Your Money”

Invest In Those Around You

I love to see compassion at work. You know, I focus a lot on self-improvement on this blog. I write about ways to improve our parenting skills, ways to improve our finances and ways to simply navigate through this strange life but that always begs the question, “Why?” Why should we improve our finances? Why should we improve our skill sets? The answer is simple. The more well-rounded an individual that we become, the more likely we are to invest in those around us. Continue reading “Invest In Those Around You”

That Narrow Path

My wife and I were talking about financial issues with some of the boys in our care recently. Elisa was laying out some statistics that she had picked up off of an article she had recently read about finances. She said that, based on age and current salary, every person should have a certain amount stashed away for their retirement. The demographics that she laid out stated that I should have about $75,000 set aside for my retirement at this point. Now, I feel like I am doing pretty good in regards to preparing myself for that moment but I am nowhere near that mark. Continue reading “That Narrow Path”

Build Each Other Up

Have you ever been in the store shopping and your child starts throwing a fit in front of everyone? Of course, you have. Every child does it. It is not rooted in whether or not we are good parents. There is something else going on. Your child wants to be his or her own authority. Your child is testing boundaries. “What can I get away with? How strong is the will of my parent?” The truth in this is that, often times, parents will give in during these moments, not because they are bad parents, but because they are embarrassed and want the situation to come to an end. Continue reading “Build Each Other Up”

Finish what you start

One of our goals in life should be to maximize the amount of free time that we have with our families. While being employed is extremely important and necessary for sustaining and adult life and family, it means very little if it is consuming your time and leaving you with little enjoyment. With that said, we should all be looking for more opportunities to do new things with those that we love. There will always be time to work but your kids will only be kids for a little while. Continue reading “Finish what you start”

Stop and listen

Dr. James Dobson tells us that, “the amount of live language directed to a child (not to be confused with television, radio, or overheard conversations) is vital to her development of fundamental linguistic, intellectual, and social skills.” (The New Strong-Willed Child, 96) This quote was in regards to fourteen-month-old children. However, this need never goes away. From an extremely early age, our kids need us to pay close attention to them. They need us to listen to what they have to say. Continue reading “Stop and listen”

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