4 Tips for Gearing Up for Football Season

What’s my favorite time of year? That’s a tough one. Asking me at different times in my life would have yielded different answers. Summer is great, especially when you’re a student and get to take 3 months off to hang out with friends at the pool or going on vacations. Of course, that fun seems to shrink exponentially as soon as you’re out of college … at least it did for me.

Then, there’s Christmas. What’s not fun about that?

One Year Ago…

One year.

August 29th marks the one year anniversary of the day that my life changed forever. I was driving back to work, after dropping my older kids off to our babysitters’ house, when my phone rang. I looked down and noticed that it was my wife’s doctor and I knew that something was wrong because he NEVER calls me. I answered the phone and the tone of his voice immediately confirmed my feeling and he asked me, “Are you driving?

A Strong-Willed Child Going Back to School

As I laid there in bed, I kept wondering where the summer went.  Seriously, how were the kids already going back to school?  It was early and I just laid there.  Just a few more minutes…

Eventually my feet hit the floor and I headed to the girls bedroom, hoping they were already up because of their sheer excitement for their first day.  Nope…sound asleep.

I get them up and tell them they have 10 minutes to make their bed and get downstairs for breakfast. 

Anniversaries of the Golden Variety

Officially, my parents have been married for 49 years, 50 weeks and some-odd days by the time you read this. They got hitched in Frankfurt, Germany on Sept. 1, 1964—an age of skinny ties and Jackie Kennedy pearls, cold wars and cool jazz and room-temperature Jell-O desserts.

They must’ve been bored stiff those first few years. After all, I didn’t come around ’til 1969.

But when you’ve been married as long as that, what’s a few weeks?

Encouraging Kids In the Wonder of Learning

In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s back-to-school season. In fact, it’s pretty much done. If that’s a surprise to you, it’s entirely possible that either a) you don’t have a pulse or b) your kids did a REALLY good job of pulling the wool over your eyes.

Or c) you’re like me and you didn’t think any of it applied to you and your kids yet.

I didn’t want to recognize that my little guy was a whopping four-years-old and eager to focus on learning.

Back to School: 9 Ways to Get Your Kids Back in Gear

Back to school – This time of the year is one of the most costly for us as a family. It is a plethora of activity, spending money, frazzled nerves, and fights with the kids getting back into a routine of school. I can say that because we home school our children that we don’t have the same problems most parents have, but I can tell you that sometimes it can even be more frustrating getting the kids back into the routine of school.

Dad Life in the Fast Lane: Teaching Your Child to Drive

A lot of different things go through your mind when you’re in line at the DMV to get your oldest child his driving permit. That may be in part because, if your Department of Motor Vehicles is anything like ours, you have quite a bit of time on your hands to reflect and ponder your life … analyze better ways to run the DMV … and perhaps even write the Great American Novel, all while you wait.

A “Kingdom Minded” Family

Recent news events have left me troubled:

Ferguson, MO where a young black male was shot and killed.  And now riots, protests, looting and the fear of national fallout due to racial and law enforcement prejudices flood our news.
The Middle East where Israel has been fighting Hamas.
Persecuted Christians/Church around the world, but especially those in Iraq where children are reportedly being beheaded while many die stranded on a mountain top because of their Christian faith.

Indispensible. For Now.

Parenthood is the hardest job you’ll ever love. That’s what parents say, anyway. They never tell you that it’s really hard to quit, too.

Oh, I suppose there are parents who do—some who throw their hands up in the air and say, “I’m outta here.” But for anyone who takes precious time out of their day to read a blog dedicated to fatherhood, I’m guessing the ratio of parental quitters here is pretty low. We take our jobs as dads pretty seriously.

Can Our Vacation Save Our Family?

What makes a great family vacation?

Jim Gaffigan, comedian, describes his family vacation like this:

When you were a kid and you would go on vacation and you would be like, ‘why is dad always in a bad mood’…now I understand, ‘how can I spend an enormous amount of money, be uncomfortable, and listen to my children complain and whine…’

Honestly, that would probably describe me.  It usually takes me a few days to unwind from the stress of work and schedules.