Have you ever had a moment, as a parent, when you thought, "I hope I remember this forever"? Or how about this, "I hope I can remember this when my child gets older"? Have you ever wondered what your childhood was like... not the BIG stuff, but the normal, every day stuff of life? Well … Continue reading Journaling for your kids
This morning, while I was packing lunch for "The Ladies", I had a conversation with one of my girls. It went something like this... Her: "A boy at school is picking on me about the food I eat." (Our family is on a gluten free diet and we eat minimal junk food, so the content of "The … Continue reading People will make fun… who cares?
That's what one of my princesses said to me this morning! Of course I, like you would have, cringed, wondered where she'd learned this word, and then with a fearful heart but a brave face asked the question, "What MF word? What does it mean?" She looked around then whispered, "Middle" and before she could … Continue reading I know the “MF word”
The other day Ashton and I were on our date. After splitting a frosty at Wendy's we played games and told jokes. I snapped this picture with my phone while she was tracing the letters in a message that I had written to her in "connect the dot" form. My heart is always happy when … Continue reading Dating Ashton
I'm a busy man. I have one wife and six daughters. I am a pastor of a new church. I work a second at the hospital. There's more, but 7 ladies and 2 jobs... that's enough to make the point. I'm not a perfect dad. I get mad sometimes. I say stupid things with too … Continue reading Date your daughter!
WOW! I just watched this TED talk by Cameron Herald entitled "Let's raise kids to be entrepreneurs". This is amazing stuff! A couple of my favorite takeaways: Stop paying your kids an allowance. Start teaching them to look for opportunities to earn. Stop reading stories to your kids every night... give them a chance to … Continue reading Raising entrepreneurs
A couple of weeks ago when Dallas and I were on our date we decided to do some rock scrambling. One characteristic we want for our girls to possess is courage. Courage is knowing that the task at hand is big and will require risk yet getting started anyhow. Courage is knowing that the trek … Continue reading Courage
This month I am reading through Proverbs and noting everything it has to say about "listening", and closely related concepts. It's insightful that Solomon consistently reminds his son (as do other wise parents in this book - e.g. Proverbs 31:1-9) to pay attention to his teaching, and then do what he says. Yesterday I noted … Continue reading Parents – your words are a tool
Last night was date night with Reagan. Usually we go to Wendy's, split a $.99 Frosty, and play Memory (she usually skunks me... though last week I won one game!). Yesterday she wanted to go to the park. We hopped on the motorcycle and took off! Swinging, playing tag, jumping out of swings, racing across … Continue reading Dating Reagan
Dallas turned 6 on Wednesday! (Happy Birthday Princess!) We went to her class to take her cake and celebrate her birthday with her friends. Outside the classroom were several large sheets of paper with this question on the top: We set to looking to see what Dallas had written... how she defined "family." We found … Continue reading Family defined