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Discipline Masculinity

Beware the Stoics

Everyone should be aware of stoicism. But be careful of drinking too deeply of the draught of this philosophy. It’s not hard to see why the popularity of the Stoics is on the rise. For a generation that has been taught that everything is meaningless, stoicism offers some direction, purpose, and much-needed discipline. It calls […]

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Education Leadership

They Want to Share Your Joy

Why do children end up liking things that we like? Because they see us experiencing joy and they want to experience that same joy. They want whatever it is you have. You are guiding their affections. You are modeling what your children will spend their time studying. The student becomes like his teacher. This is […]

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Discipline

The Gift of Responsibility

Children must learn to be responsible for the small things before they will be responsible for the larger things. They must learn to turn something in on time for school before they show up on time for work. If they don’t learn in the small things, the real world will teach them about the larger […]

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Education

You Can Teach Them

Do not let anyone make you feel inadequate about your ability to teach your children. Parents have been doing it for thousands of years without the help of a college degree. Many times other parents feel inadequate themselves and project that onto others. Or they feel guilty about not teaching their kids and so they […]

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Education Read-aloud Recommendation

Read-aloud Recommendation: The Golden Goblet

The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw is a historical fiction novel taking place in ancient Egypt. The main protagonist is Ranofer, a young boy who desires to be a goldsmith’s apprentice but is under the oppressive thumb of his older stepbrother. During the story, you’ll be presented with a clear picture of what life […]

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Discipline

“I can’t be around you right now.”

You should enjoy your children’s company. It is a father’s privilege to take joy in his children. But many don’t, because they find their children annoying. Or, they are tired of their children’s misbehaving. And guess whose fault that is? The father’s, of course. If you find your kids annoying, you haven’t spanked them consistently. […]

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Discipline Leadership

Lessons from a Passive Father

This is a true story. One father stood at the checkout counter with his wife and daughter. He had his card out, ready to pay, but the daughter kept whining for a stuffed animal that was close to the register. Exasperated after saying “no” several times, the wife grabbed the stuffed animal and had the […]

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Legacy

Mimic Your Child’s Excitement

Your children approach you over and over to show you something. They are proud. They are excited. They want to share these emotions with you. So get excited for them. Be proud with them. Laugh at the comic just drew. Say you love the drawing they brought to show you. That impromptu LEGO sculpture? Say […]

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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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