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Dads with Daughters: Do You Know This?

Here’s a guest post from a great writer and e-friend, Joana Hyatt. She is an author and speaker who focuses on dating, and relationship issues - she's one of my favorites! If you’d like to write a guest post for The Daily ReTORt, check out the guidelines here: ============================== Standing in line at a coffee shop the other day, I couldn't help but overhear the phone conversation of the man behind me. He was clearly upset and at the end of his patience when he blurted into the … [Read more...]

No Lie – Truth Telling Improves Your Health

It's something we all do and, according to recent studies, most of us do it 11 times a week. This frequently practiced act is the act of lying. Lying is almost universally unavoidable as humans living within close proximity and contact with others. While we all do it, we rationalize away our own personal pack of lies we peddle to others, yet lose all semblance of civility if someone lies to us. Some researchers at Notre Dame University hypothesized that such emotional mood swings and … [Read more...]

Parenting – The Tender Balance

There’s something growing inside my wife. A living, breathing, heartbeat-having creation. That creation is currently about 37 weeks. It has a name. He has a name. His name is Aidan Robert, and he’s scheduled to leave the comfort and relative darkness of my wife’s womb on August. Parenting Imponderables I wonder what he’ll be like. I wonder if he’ll have his mother’s eyes or his father’s lack of a defined chin. I wonder if he’ll be sweet like my wife or if he’ll have my … [Read more...]

For the Fatherless – a Heart for Orphans

I'm a graduating college senior and we recently submitted our "big" senior papers. Having finished mine about two weeks early, it wasn't anything monumental in my mind. However, what I learned from my research was enough to break my heart even further for those who are broken, for those who don't can't speak for themselves. This is the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of orphans. In the Old Testament, there is a litany of passages which talk about three major people-groups … [Read more...]

The Key to a Better Marriage is Laughter

Why did the hipster burn his tongue? Because he drank his fair-trade, organic, Rainforest Alliance decaffeinated green tea before it was cool. Ok, maybe I shouldn't quit my day job and become a comedian after that joke but laughter, humor and comedy are integral parts of our culture. We love to laugh. Many people have careers that consist of making people laugh, but did you know it is also a crucial component to your marriage and relationships? My wife (Jen) and I have found … [Read more...]

Habits – From Quirky to Annoying After “I Do”

“I love being married. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.” ~ Rita Rudner Before a couple is married, it’s easy for them to think living together with another human being 24/7 will be a breeze. After all, if they could survive growing up with people with whom they had no prior input as to whether or not they cohabitated, then living with their spouse by their own free will should be a cakewalk. But as any couple married for a month or … [Read more...]

Parenting Tips From a Friend – Guest Post

Tor, I know you've done this before. You have two beautiful young girls. You're a great dad. You've raised them well. But you're rusty. It's been a while since you've had a brand new young'n. I thought I'd give you some tips on what's changed since you've been out of practice. Poop No change. Still stinky and manages to get places you'd rather it didn't. Food It's not just Gerber jars of greenish goo anymore. The cool new trend is to make it yourself from purely hippie, er, … [Read more...]

Life Lessons Learned from Potty Training

Recently, my wife and I went through the process of potty training our toddler. It was a challenging, humbling, and emotionally draining experience. From this, I learned or revisited many life lessons that can be applied to absolutely anything, from writing to building a house. Patience is critical. Life is going to get very crappy sometimes, but it will get better. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Things usually don’t happen as quickly as you’d like them to. With anything … [Read more...]

6 Secrets To Surviving Your Teenager

Recently, Tor shared twelve phrases a dad never wants to hear. As I thought about the additions that actually occurred in the past two weeks, I realized that being a teen these days is hard. I look at my single (adult) friends, and I think "not enough money or bad days in the world to make me enter into that fray."  People haul around more baggage than Southwest will fly for free. And then I look at my daughters.  Smart, funny, gorgeous, and insecure.  Teen angst lures them to … [Read more...]

3 Tips for Parents of Teenagers (From a guy with no kids)

Six months ago I got married. And two weeks ago my wife and I taught the "Parenting Teens" class at my church because, you know, wait . . . we're qualified to do that? What was my church thinking?! To be fair, we both work for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Oregon State University. We spend large chunks of our days with college students and kids in their late teens. So I guess you could say we know a thing or two. Teaching that class was an exciting and humbling experience. We may … [Read more...]