Go Get That Cash

I find it incredibly frustrating when I am having a conversation with a grown adult who refuses to work. You know what I am talking about. This is not the person who has to scrape by because they are disabled and cannot do hard labor. I am also not talking about the single mom who cannot afford to work outside of the house because her entire paycheck would go towards child-care Continue reading “Go Get That Cash”

There’s no place like home

In 1994, my dad and I got into a huge fight out in the driveway of our house in Louisville, IL. It was the summer after my senior year and I was at the height of my stupidity, absolutely. Foul words were shared. Accusations were made. My mother was able to hear the entire conversation (unknown to me at the time) from an open bedroom window. My dad said that if I thought that I was a big boy then maybe it was time for me to get out. So, I loaded up my 1976 GMC Postal Delivery Jeep and took off down the road towards Flora. Continue reading “There’s no place like home”

Everyone Learns Differently, Part 2

My wife and I made a decision, about 7 or 8 years ago, that we would home school our children. That decision has been met by a myriad of differing opinions (not that it is the business of anyone but us) in regards to this decision. Many people have been in support of this decision, as homeschooling tends to produce a unique type of brain that scores higher on standardized testing (look up the studies in these regards if you don’t believe me).  Others criticized our decision based on their belief that our children would fall behind their peer group or become socially retarded because they grow up in a bubble. Continue reading “Everyone Learns Differently, Part 2”

Some Useful Nuggets

I was having a conversation with a co-worker, a few nights ago, in regards to the parenting model that many people use for raising their children. He had made the comment about how, in his opinion, many parents just weren’t disciplining their children in the same manner that had been done in decades past. He felt like many children were being allowed to get by with all manner of things that, when he was a child, would definitely have ended in a butt spanking or worse. Continue reading “Some Useful Nuggets”

How Are We Still Alive, At This Point?

Do you remember the first night at home with your first child? You have finally been given clearance by the hospital to take this baby home with you and now you’re on your own. Whether you are ready to be a parent or not is no longer in the equation. I remember the first night that Elisa and I had with Sydney. We had a bassinet that sat at the foot of our bed. I don’t think either of us slept a wink that first night. Any movement or noise that she made and we were both right there peering in. Is she okay? Has she rolled over onto her stomach? Is she still alive? Continue reading “How Are We Still Alive, At This Point?”

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”

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