I’ll Never Be Good Enough As a Parent… And That’s Okay

Almost five years into this crazy parenting journey/roller coaster/thing, I’m slowly realizing something that will, I imagine, take me a lifetime to wrap my head around:

I’ll never be good enough as a parent… and that’s okay.

That doesn’t sit well with the “Perfectionist-Never-Say-Never” side of my being. In fact, it straight up mocks that part of me. I hate being told I can’t do things. It stings worse because I love my children and want them to have great parents—to have a great dad—and admitting that I’ll never even be a “good enough” dad doesn’t jive with me.

Do You Ever Worry for Your Children and the Society They Are Growing Up In?

Fear and Anxiety overpowering my logical mind…

Not a day goes by where I do not wake up and have anxiety or fear for what my children have to grow up in. As a dad who feels absolutely responsible for the protection of my children and my wife, it is easy to fear for them and what harm can befall them in today’s society. I mean just yesterday I read an article about how 142 people were slaughtered (mostly children) in Pakistan.

3 Deadly Behaviors That Can Kill Your Marriage … And How I’m Learning to Avoid Them

When my wife and I moved to Colorado Springs a decade ago, there was a couple in our neighborhood we became close with. We’d have dinner at each other’s homes … our similarly aged kids played together … we’d go out to dinner together … we even vacationed together a couple times.

About three years into our friendship, we were floored when they shared that they were separating. Ultimately they got divorced. With more than a third of marriages ending in divorce there’s unfortunately a decent chance you can relate to our experience.

The Secret to a Happy Marriage: Burn the Boat

The Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast will be spilling “The Secrets to a Happy Marriage” this week. And for my family, the scheduling couldn’t have been timed better. See, Emily, my daughter, got engaged last weekend. And when she and I went running this weekend, we talked a lot about this very thing.

Well, we didn’t talk about the secrets to a happy marriage, exactly. No need to discuss that at this early stage of engagement-hood.

How Disney Pixar’s “Inside Out” Is Already Changing My View of Parenting

I’m just going to put this out there: Disney Pixar’s upcoming film “Inside Out” looks brilliant, and I say that based on one trailer—the official UK trailer released on December 10.

If you haven’t seen it yet, let me step aside for a moment so you can get up to speed (and if you have seen it… you’re welcome to enjoy a repeat viewing [it's still great]):

Was it in your head as much as it was in mine?

My Worst Christmas Memory Redeemed

Like I mentioned a couple weeks ago, I have a fond place in my heart for family traditions and stories. October (Halloween), November (Thanksgiving) and December (Christmas) are full of opportunities to form such memories – both good and bad ones.

While there are plenty of fun Christmas memories from my childhood, the one scene that plays in my head when it begins to look like Christmas is probably one of my least favorite.

I can’t tell you how old I was, maybe 11 or 12.

God Weeps with Me

“Jesus wept.”

John 11:35

Growing up in the church, this was always my favorite verse to turn to when one of my Bible teachers or Sunday school teachers would ask us to memorize a verse. Everyone knows this verse because it is the shortest verse in the Bible. I always wondered about this verse and why they didn’t just tack it onto the preceding verse or the following one. Why have a verse that is only two words long?

Raising Smart (Maybe Too Smart) Kids

To riff on Forrest Gump, kids are like a box of chocolates: They’re alarmingly sticky and unhealthy for things so small.

But also, you never know what you’re going to get. God, in his infinite wisdom, made each of us different—blessed with our own unique strengths and weaknesses. Some kids seemed destined to be great shortstops. Other kids are better suited for the outfield. (In my case, the deep, deep outfield.) Some are born artists, while others would rather eat the crayons.

“Franny Sends Her Thanks”: Jimmy Fallon and the Work-Life Balance of Dads

Jimmy Fallon is a dad… again.

Not that he ever stopped being a dad. Winnie Rose is still as cute and healthy as ever. It’s just that we need a better phrase for welcoming our first born’s younger siblings into the world.

The path to parenthood has not been an easy one for Jimmy Fallon and his wife, Nancy Juvonen, as they struggled with infertility for five years before the birth of their oldest daughter, Winnie, in July 2013.