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Discipline

Helping Your Children Face Their Fears

At a theme park, my son refused to ride a certain ride. A ride that I know he would love. While we waited in line, tears kept coming to his eyes as his anxiety grew. But he was not going to get out of it. I knew he would like it. I knew it wouldn’t […]

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Education

The Reality of a Child’s Imagination

My youngest son, 6 years old, held back tears. I could tell he was upset. “What’s wrong?” He held three superhero toys in his hands. “I’m trying not to cry but I forgot what I was going to do!” And then the tears flowed. He was going to play with his toys and enact some […]

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Education

Deflating the Bubble Around Your Kids

You can’t let your kids live in a bubble. Eventually, it will be popped by something beyond your control and they will have to deal with the outside world. If your children need to walk around with a fainting couch, just in case they hear someone use a bad word, you have failed as a […]

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Discipline Masculinity

Fix Your Own Face

Being a man means doing the right thing even when you don’t feel like it. Even when you know you will suffer. And not complaining about it. This becomes an issue when problems are unexpected. If you have reserved your time for something, you treat it as your time, and any imposition upon that time […]

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Masculinity

Be Like the Unicorn

You should be able to have a conversation with anybody. If you think you are high above a certain class of people, or that you think thoughts too grave and mighty for the peasants, you’ll come off as an insufferable boor. And worse, you’ll attribute your unpopularity to your imagined greatness instead of your very […]

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Education Masculinity

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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