6:00 PM Dec 14, 2014
Last week we started a discussion about making it through the holidays – simplifying, being present, showing interest, flexibility, and forgiveness. This week we finish with some concluding thoughts.
6:00 PM Dec 7, 2014
Simplify. As the holidays approach, things get hectic. Lists grow long and patience gets short. One thing that will help smooth and strengthen the relationship with your kids is to simplify.
7:00 PM Nov 30, 2014
This is the week of Thanksgiving.
6:00 PM Nov 23, 2014
Dad, you have many jobs. One of them is doing well by your child. Society often values quantity – especially when it comes to possessions or work. The more the better. The man who wins is the guy who dies with the most toys.
1:00 PM Nov 16, 2014
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the U.S. continues to have teen birth rates that are significantly higher than other industrialized nations.
8:00 PM Nov 9, 2014
Is there anything more exasperating, more maddening, than when a teen in your family refuses to answer a question by speaking instead of shrugging? Is there anything that drives you closer to the edge than a son or daughter who won’t offer an audible opinion, participate in a dinner conversation or even utter a preference? Both of us have been there—and to be honest, neither of us had the patience to discover a remedy.
7:30 PM Nov 2, 2014
To Joe Ehrmann, former professional football player for the Baltimore Colts, “be a man” are the three scariest words that a boy can hear.
6:00 PM Oct 26, 2014
We have learned a lot over the years about how to be better dads. It occurred to us that our relationship with the family pets—our dogs—have taught us some of those things.
4:00 PM Oct 19, 2014
It’s hard not to be cynical about most everything.
6:00 PM Oct 12, 2014
We know we need fuel to operate our vehicles, training to perform our jobs, and stimulation to grow our brains.
1:00 PM Oct 5, 2014
We think it’s safe to say that when parents speak of teaching their children to be tolerant, most prefer that their sons and daughters reflect the boundaries of mom and dad’s personal preferences. But we wonder if that is properly preparing our young people for the world in which they will live.
4:00 PM Sep 28, 2014
In the book Sons on Fathers: A Book of Men’s Writing, Ralph Keyes talks about the emotional uneasiness between fathers and sons.
5:00 PM Sep 21, 2014
Most of us are hesitant to express opinions when we think our viewpoint is not widely shared. This has been referred to as the “spiral of silence.”
7:00 PM Sep 14, 2014
Most of us have complained of feeling down in the dumps. We’ve said, ‘I’m depressed,” when we’ve been in a funk.
5:00 PM Sep 7, 2014
Tom Tozer and Bill Black
A dad writes that his daughter overheard someone at school criticize her looks. She was quite hurt since she had considered that person a friend. The dad told her, “beauty is only skin deep.”
5:00 PM Aug 31, 2014
We just discovered the book, “Thanks! How the new science of gratitude can make you happier” by Robert Emmons.
6:00 PM Aug 24, 2014
Is there such a thing as a “bad seed?" Or is there innate innocence that gets corrupted by home environment and peer pressure? We’ve recently seen many examples of teen trouble that have left us digging for answers.