Who Decides What’s Scary and What’s Not?

People are fearful. Our antiquated lizard brain has helped keep us alive through fear for thousands of years. Here are some of the most common phobias: Social phobias or self-consciousness in social situations. Agoraphobia:  fear of open spaces. Acrophobia:  fear of heights. Pteromerhanophobia:  fear of flying. Claustrophobia:  fear of enclosed spaces. Entomophobia:  fear of insects. … Continue reading Who Decides What’s Scary and What’s Not?

The Ultimate Test of Spiritual Fitness: Family Tent Camping for Five Nights

We emerged from the seven day family road trip that involved five nights of camping in the Blackhills of SD, and the only person with clean clothes remaining was my wife. An hour on the road with a five and one year old can seem like a half-day. Snacks are crucial, but can give way … Continue reading The Ultimate Test of Spiritual Fitness: Family Tent Camping for Five Nights

The Art of Leaving Your Kid in the Car to Make Drop-Off Smoother

Your son or daughter probably never resists going to school or daycare, but if they do, this could help. At least, I found something that worked for me in this particular situation. Cease the fighting. My initial reaction can be to say something to the effect of, "You better get your butt out of the … Continue reading The Art of Leaving Your Kid in the Car to Make Drop-Off Smoother

When to Referee, When to Coach and When to Sit the Bench

My son and daughter are four years apart, so I haven't experience fighting exactly. I have experienced the my four-year-old becoming jealous and/or hogging toys, utilizing his physical power over the situation. The conflicts I experience have a lot to do with obtaining parental attention and blockading the crawling 10-month-old away from small toys. But … Continue reading When to Referee, When to Coach and When to Sit the Bench