Every once in a while, I ask myself these two questions: Am I the type of man I’d like my sons to be when they grow up? Am I the type of man I’d be happy if my daughter married when she grows up? In other words, am I a good example to my children… Continue reading Am I Who I’d Want Them to Be?
I’m a huge advocate of self-care. I believe we, as parents or caregivers of any sort – whether we’re leaders in a corporate or community context or a stay-at-home mom, dad, or primary caregiver for an elderly parent – have a duty to take care of ourselves. You have to tend to your emotional, spiritual,… Continue reading Taking Time Out of Your ‘Me’ Time
The older my kids get, the more useless my words become. If I give them advice or tell them to do something, they might listen and obey. But if I’m not following my own marching orders, how long will they do so? That’s why it’s important for me to hear the things I’m saying and… Continue reading Leading Myself
It’s inevitable. Our command to turn off electronics and ‘find something else to do’ results in a child or three wandering into the kitchen with a fussy face and a more-syllables-than-necessary version of the statement, “I’m bored.” The southern twang really comes out. My wife and I are in there cooking or catching up on… Continue reading You’re not your kids’ cruise director
Yesterday school started for our elementary aged children, and I was more nervous about it than I should have been. They were also a little nervous – if the day before school was any indication. You can always tell when it’s either a full moon or your kids are slightly anxious about something. Everybody acts… Continue reading Developing the Habit of Family Fun
I’ve taken off work for the last two days of our kids’ summer vacation. Yesterday, after orientation for the new school year, the five of us grabbed sandwiches and talked about the upcoming school year. In talking about how to tackle this new year, my wife and I encouraged them to ask questions. She even went… Continue reading 7 more habits to transform the school year