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New Year Challenge

There’s so much good that comes out of something like this. Today I accepted a challenge from Seth Dahl to “Put it down and Pick them Up” – watch the video below. If you want to get in on this (which I think you should)… record a video like the one below and post to… Read more »

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bikes and boundaries

What is it about boys and bikes? It’s probably a symbol of freedom, maybe it’s the speed, I don’t know.. — recently a few of the boys were riding their bikes out in front of our house. Like good, responsible parents we have given them boundaries as to how far they can go on their… Read more »

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Lazy Parenting

We’ve all heard it.   “Do as I say, not as I do.”   What does “Do as I say not as I do” imply? It implies.. quite bluntly… you are a lazy parent. Telling your child to “do as you say and not as you do” is a cop-out of all cop outs. You… Read more »

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What do you like to hear?

What do you like to hear? We asked that question at supper tonight… It’s a question that has many layers.. ask a four-year old or a ninety-four year old and you’ll get vastly different answers. But… of the 4 rounds around our supper table tonight… no one answered : “I like to hear people yell… Read more »

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lessons in lullabies

  Have you ever listened to lullabies, like “Rock-a-bye Baby” – it’s horrid! The baby falls out of a tree. Or how about “Hush Little Baby” – narcissism! I know you know the classic lullabies, most of us have sung them; but there was a point in my parenting in which I rebelled for the obvious… Read more »

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Paddle The Boat : Be Together (Pt 2 of 4)

“Daddyyy.. wiw you pway cawrs (cars) with me?” Hesitate. Hesitate.. thinking.. quantifying.. calculating: time, responsibilities… indexing tasks.. prioritizing responsibilities..     * Here is where most of us as parents say : “No, I can’t right now – I have too much to do”. Then behavior and antics escalate into us disciplining because they find… Read more »

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Margin is Essential

  Margin is a challenging thing to cultivate in family life. As kids age and family size grows (some of you can testify) the margin on the page of each day gets narrower.  I’ve been learning about this in my own walk as a dad, and recently I was reminded of how important margin is… Read more »

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Dear Son(s), Find a wife like your mom.

Dear Son(s), Find a wife like your mom. She does not shy away from hard work, hard questions, hard decisions, and good laughs. She is madly in love with Jesus, embraces the Holy Spirit, and prays to Abba. She knows her husband, stands beside him in every decision, and loves him regardless of his success / failure. She gives time. She… Read more »

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/ krāzē mākər / n.

  “Crazy Maker” / krāzē mākər / n. a person who makes crazy in an organization, group, or in another person’s life.  …. that’s my definition. There are moments when I’ll tell my kids to stop being crazy makers. You know the moments… when they pick on each other to simply pick on each other. You know,… Read more »

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give up what?!

I love spontaneity. My wife loves routine. I love snow. My wife loves 75 degrees. I love technology. My wife loves paper. I love night. My wife loves sleep. I love adventure. My wife loves home. I love doing nothing. My wife loves a plan. This list does not end. Here is what we can… Read more »