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Kids Have Bad Days Too

depressed child

I recently read a quote out of "The Newbies Guide to Positive Parenting" by Rebeca Eanes that got me thinking about how I respond to my kids when they have bad attitudes. “So often, children are punished for being human. Children are not allowed to have grumpy moods, bad days, disrespectful tones, or bad attitudes, yet we adults have them all the time! We think if we don't nip it in the bud, it will escalate and we will lose control. Let go of that unfounded fear and give your child permission to be human. We...

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Serving Your Wife Through Pregnancy

pregnant woman

After helping my wife through 4 very difficult pregnancies I've learned a few things that have help give her rest and provided me with a better outlook on what she has to go through (Hyperemesis Gravidarum is the real deal people). Though these are focused on the time surrounding pregnancy I'm sure there would be no complaints if they continued throughout your marriage! 1) Ask her what needs to be done around the house: I wouldn't classify myself as being overly observant when it comes to household needs. Dirty clothes on the floor, dishes in the sink, trash...

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Do We Work Hard?

I used to be a slacker. Before I began truly following Christ I had zero work ethic. I didn't want responsibilities, heck, I didn't want to get out of bed and even though I knew I had to go to work I had no motivation to do it. One of the first things God worked on in me after seeking Him was to get off my lazy butt and start making something of myself. I was no longer aloud to slack off and procrastinate because it wasn't just me that I was representing anymore, I reflected Him...

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Fatherhood: Include Your Children

###I like to do things by myself and that's not healthy. I grew up with the unhealthy mentality that I needed to prove myself to everyone. I had to show them that I didn't need help, that I could do life on my own and was perfectly happy with it (I wasn't). Counselors have told me it stems back to my parents going through a divorce at an age where I was needing to receive validation from my father (10). I'm not using that as an excuse as to why I still struggle with it but...

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My 28 Day Writing Challenge

I really don't do this blog thing well. My thoughts are scattered, my grammar is far from great (greater? greaterer? bester? bestest?) and I am easily distracted. I don't really enjoy writing. I'd would rather sit down over a cup of coffee or a pint of beer and talk with you face-to-face than attempt to put all of that conversation on paper. I tend to repeat myself. I am easily distracted. Despite my distaste of writing I've found that it helps calm my ADD and clears my mind. I've decided to take the month of February as...

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