A Friend of Mine Chose Not to Vote & I Admire His Tenacity

On the eve of election day, I asked a friend of mine if he had voted already. For some reason, I knew what his answer would be. Something inside me said that he was going to opt out of going to the polls at all. He didn't see "any God-like qualities in either candidate," so he … Continue reading A Friend of Mine Chose Not to Vote & I Admire His Tenacity

Oh No! I’m Afraid That I May Be a Helicopter Dad

A recent article in the New York Time's about Playborhoods has me thinking about many roles I play as a dad, and one that I am concerned about is being a "helicopter parent" a term used for the parent that can't let go of providing guidance to their child. The root cause of such helicoptering … Continue reading Oh No! I’m Afraid That I May Be a Helicopter Dad

My Son Is Crying Over Ketchup: But is that bad?

There is a Chinese Proverb that goes something like this: A farmer and his son had a beloved stallion who helped the family earn a living. One day, the horse ran away and their neighbors exclaimed, “Your horse ran away, what terrible luck!” The farmer replied, “How should I know? We’ll see.” A few days later, … Continue reading My Son Is Crying Over Ketchup: But is that bad?

Rewards, Discipline and Empty Threats Working Toward Negotiation

Fatherhood is a challenging job. Or at least I find it challenging as my four year old learns what buttons to push and negotiates to get his way. He's a good kid. Don't get me wrong, but I find that I have to be firm with him at times. I become so stern he seems … Continue reading Rewards, Discipline and Empty Threats Working Toward Negotiation

Getting Back Up After Getting Knocked Down: A Lesson From My Pre-School Son

My son has been to many of weddings for someone a little over four years of life under his belt. He is at the perfect age for running around the reception, dancing, getting hopped up on sugar and entertaining people of all ages. He’s slow to warm up, but my four year-old eventually joined a … Continue reading Getting Back Up After Getting Knocked Down: A Lesson From My Pre-School Son

Road Trip ROI to Honor Mother and Father

Twelve hours on the road, approximately six hours packing, three blowout diapers, one overnight hotel and a car that needs fumigation was the price I paid to spend 26 hours with my parents and siblings. I'm not even taking into account tenting in 43 degree weather. Conventional marketing return on investment (ROI) analysis may say the return … Continue reading Road Trip ROI to Honor Mother and Father

Forgotten Matchbox Cars and losing My Sanity with My Parking Ticket

I write about the the necessity of God in my life to be a good father. And I believe it, after all that's what keeps me writing about it over and over. However, there are times where I feel like an absolute fraud, wondering why anyone should even take my advice. There are times when … Continue reading Forgotten Matchbox Cars and losing My Sanity with My Parking Ticket

Letting Go, Letting God and Letting the Baby Eat Her Socks

My life is busy. Two kids under the age of five, a full-time job, a wife with a full-time job and all of the grown up responsibilities that come with running a growing household. I could easily say I'm tired. I can easily say I'm tired. Everywhere I look there is a floor that needs … Continue reading Letting Go, Letting God and Letting the Baby Eat Her Socks

Sharing Toys, Tattling and Supporting Kids to Traverse Their Own Battles

The number one rule at my son's pre-school is:  "Do everything to the glory of God." I could get used to this one pretty easily, as I am a man of faith and put effort towards working this rule in my own life. He's been attending this school for about 18 months, but I'm just now starting … Continue reading Sharing Toys, Tattling and Supporting Kids to Traverse Their Own Battles