You’re not your kids’ cruise director

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

7 habits that could transform the school year

The school year has started for some and is soon to start for others.  As we get back into the swing of things, we always have so many high hopes. It’s like a jr. version of going into the new year.  Parents have goals for their children. Children have goals of their own (often very… Continue reading 7 habits that could transform the school year

What it means to exasperate our kids

She bounced into the dining room looking up at me while I was finishing dishes and prepping for my morning routine the next day and maybe playing Words with Friends on my phone. I glanced up, didn’t say anything, and went about my business, walking back into the kitchen to grab something. When I came back into the… Continue reading What it means to exasperate our kids

Being a Better Dad By Being Less Disciplined

E.L. Doctorow once said that “writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” You don’t have to see where you’re going, you don’t have to see your destination or everything you will pass along the… Continue reading Being a Better Dad By Being Less Disciplined

How to Conquer Overwhelm

One of the reasons we struggle with making significant change is this thing called overwhelm. At least, overwhelm is one of my arch-enemies. Why Overwhelm Is an Enemy My garage oppresses me (the picture above isn’t mine, though).  Boxes of holiday decorations (from Easter to Halloween to Thanksgiving to Christmas). Out of place tools (because… Continue reading How to Conquer Overwhelm

Weekly Challenge: Declutter Daily

If you’ve read the ‘About’ page for this blog, you’d know that I’m obsessed with decluttering. It’s debatable whether my obsession is positive or negative, but for now, I’ve decided that February is Simply in the Suburbs Decluttering Month. In honor of the month’s theme, I’m committing, this week, to decluttering 15 minutes twice a… Continue reading Weekly Challenge: Declutter Daily