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12 Phrases Dads Do Not Want to Hear….

As a parent of two kids - plus another expected addition within the next few weeks - there are some things I love to hear my daughters say. Such as, "You're the greatest dad ever" or "I love you to the moon and back" or "I'm not going to date until I'm 35 years old!!!" That's music to my ears. However, there are some phrases that I dread to hear coming from the mouths of my children. While I haven't heard all of these yet - my two daughters are only preteens after all - I expect to hear … [Read more...]

Is Facebook a Better Parent Than You???

Many people use Facebook to stay in touch with out-of-state family members. For instance, some folks think it's cute to let there kids, who are younger than Facebook's required mimimum age of 13 years old, have a page to communicate back and forth with grandparents. And that's fine if a parent is monitoring the content and establishing appropriate parental blocks. I'm not telling people how to raise their kids, but I will raise awareness regarding some startling Facebook statistics that … [Read more...]

A Tribute to Moms….

I don't usually like being manipulated by commercials, but this one is pretty incredible. The folks at Proctor & Gamble have woven together a two minute tapestry that includes the heart strings of patriotism, perseverance and motherhood. … [Read more...]

5 Toughest Lessons Every Parent Must Learn

This year I'm trying to extend the reach of my writing into a variety of new online and offline publications and outlets. Today, I have an article featured on the Parenting Section of Suite101. This is kind of a big deal for me, because two years ago Suite101 rejected my application to submit articles to its site stating that my submissions were too personal. I applaud those writers who have their content readily accepted by the editors at sites such as Suite101 because they summarily … [Read more...]

The Ever-Evolving Parent

Every month I have the privilege of attending a meeting with a handful of men I know to discuss issues of faith and family. There's never a formal agenda other than the opportunity to discuss and share whatever is on our minds collectively. Each of us has kids at various ages, but the other five guys are smarter and more eloquent than me - I routinely think they invited me to join the discussion based solely on mercy or a fraternal joke. Regardless, they still invite me. We met this … [Read more...]