Do you ever have one of those moments where you know that your life is changing? I mean, most of the time, we are not aware of how much we are changing until years down the road. It’s easier to consider these things in restrospect but what about when you are in the moment?
Recently, some people who I know pulled me aside to ask for advice in regards to their 14-year-old son. They said that they were really struggling to connect with him and that he had begun to rebel against them. They particularly struggled with Sunday mornings as they all attend church but he does not want … More What’s The Answer
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 … More 5 Things You Should Never Say to Your Children
If you had a time machine in your home and could go back and take a peek at life before you were here, would you find yourself surprised at what you found? Would it look drastically different than life today or would people be relatively similar? Now, obviously, technology has changed life but what about people? … More Know Your Role
This article originally appeared over at The Good Men Project. It is an excellent read and I thought it would add a lot to the conversation over here. Brian Goslee unpacks what it looks like to be a good father. Yet, he goes a little further and looks at what it means to be a … More 4 Ways to Become a Better Dad
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. … More If Only
There is an ongoing conversation, in regards to child rearing, about the amount of technology that a child should have access to and at what age. Everyone is different in those regards as many people allow no access to technology while others start providing their children with cellular devices shortly after they are born. As … More Technology Rules for Children
I think that it is natural for a parent to want their children to be successful adults. For that matter, if I were to have a conversation with someone who did not want their children to grow up successfully, I would have some serious doubts about that person’s parenting skills. I would question whether or not … More Are we setting them up for failure?
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 … More Build Each Other Up
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 … More Stop and listen