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Book Recommendations from 2021

I read over 50 books last year. These are the 5 every father should read. 1. The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis This is a repeat read for me and it will continue to be in a constant rotation. Lewis understands human behavior and the little justifications we have for our monstrous sin. I’m fond […]

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Legacy

Just Say “Yes”

“Yes” should be your default answer whenever your children ask you to do something. They want you to play a game? Yes. They want you to go outside? Yes. They want to jump on your back and have you run up and down the hall? Yes. They want you to catch them as they jump […]

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Discipline Legacy

Echoes of Your Own Words

Children learn to speak to themselves based on how their parents speak to them. They are mimickers. Actually, we are all mimickers in some fashion, but children even more so. They will repeat what they hear. They will believe what you say. And what is “thinking,”, if not talking to yourself or having an argument […]

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Education Masculinity

Boys and the Dangers of Homeschooling

I’m a big fan of homeschooling. That’s no secret. There is no better environment to tailor the education of your children to their specific needs. And you get to prepare them for the world before throwing them into the deep end. There are other good options, of course. Private schools and private tutors can be […]

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Legacy

Be Thankful

We are so busy doing things for our children that we risk never stopping to recognize what they are doing for us. Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warriorare the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills […]

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When Apathy Leads to Anger

If you are getting angry at your children, it’s your fault. Every time. All of the time. If they are doing something you find annoying, or that causes you to lose your patience, who do you have to blame? Who has let them get away with it over and over in the past? You. This […]

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Discipline Leadership

Pulling a Solomon

A dispute arose between two prostitutes over a child. Each claimed the child was hers and it was one woman’s word against the other. The case traveled all the way up to Solomon, the wise king. In his wisdom, Solomon said “Bring me a sword. We will divide the child and give each one half.” […]

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Discipline Education

10 Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Children

This is from the excellent book by Anthony Esolen. 1. Keep your children indoors as much as possible. A child weighed down by busywork (homework), endlessly distracted by flashing screens, will find the outdoors boring. And so they will find life boring. As a consequence, they will *be* boring. If they spend too much time outside, they […]

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Masculinity

Do or Die Moments

Every boy needs a “do or die” moment to consider himself a man. His confidence depends upon it. This is one reason why rites of passages are so important. Each one of these moments prepares a man for the next one, and then the next one, and the next one. Strength and experience increase. It […]

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Legacy

A Garden Untended is Not a Garden

Many fathers don’t tend to the garden of their family and then get mad when it doesn’t bear any fruit. Years of neglect, and they are surprised at the thorns and thistles that greet them. The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing. Proverbs 20:4 Children are […]