If You’re A Selfish Person, Don’t Have Kids

After eight years of working in residential care, my wife and I chose to step away and take a shot at normality for our family this past summer. Three months into our new journey and I must say that it was the right decision to make for our family. However, despite the change of careers, our heart still breaks for children. I see kids that are struggling in life and I want to step in and fix them (or attempt to). It’s second nature at this point.  Continue reading “If You’re A Selfish Person, Don’t Have Kids”

Build a Bridge

When someone is hurting, they will do nearly anything that it takes to release the pain that is going on inside of them. This is especially true when that person is hurting emotionally. What is odd about this is that an individual will lash out against those who are best equipped to help them. This is typically due to the fact that those individuals are closest to the situation.  Continue reading “Build a Bridge”

5 Things You Should Never Say to Your Children

It is so easy to break your child. Now, I don’t mean physically. When Sydney was a baby, our pediatrician told us that babies are made of rubber, it is really hard to break them. (I won’t put that person’s name here because many of you might disagree and want to send hate mail). What I am getting at here is how dangerous our words are. The things that we say to our children can set them back years of development and haunt them into their adult years. It really is that big of a deal.  Continue reading “5 Things You Should Never Say to Your Children”

If Only

You’ve been cruising along through parenthood for a decade at this point. Your children love you. They still laugh at your jokes. They want hugs constantly and sincerely desire for you to spend time with them. They fight with each other constantly but would never think of attempting to fight with one of your parents. Life is good right…. You’ve got this parenting thing completely figured out. Or do you? Continue reading “If Only”

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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