Dear Responsible Momma,

  How does a high responsibility Mom take care of 5 boys who have little interest in responsibility?     #1: She goes crazy. She spends her every step trying to command them in “duties”—wash your hands, take off your shoes, put away your toys, make your bed, brush your teeth, stay on task! Thus,… Read more »

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 »

  • funny things

      Give up “serious” for a moment. Seriously. (and keep reading).. Children might like seriousness for a short time – but I would venture to guess that your kids, like mine, love to laugh, be tickled, sing silly songs, imagine, be goofy.. They hunt humor. And so should you. Here is a snippet of humor… Read more »

  • Thankful Thursday : 002

    There is always something to be thankful for – Thursdays around here at SOF are dedicated to being thankful.  [One] Children’s innocence. [Two] Answered prayer. [Three] The creativity of God (and the image of it in his people)! Thankfulness is something we should practice! Share in the comments what are you thankful for!

  • obsession confession

    This post originally had been published on our previous blog — but it was such a good post (in that we needed reminded again) —  we felt it was fitting for “At The Speed of Family” The more time I spend on Pinterest, Facebook and online news pages, I find myself having an overindulgence of… Read more »

  • sneezing in the silverware drawer

      There are few things in life that are grosser than a “snot flinging sneeze” (SFS). We’ve seen a slurry of them recently (wow, slurry. Interesting word placement there). #3 son was helping, as he usually does, with breakfast. As he pulled the breakfast drawer open to pull out forks for pancakes we had a… Read more »

  • airplanes in our toilet

    We keep a list of “Family Funnies”. We’ll share, on occasion, the “best of the best” on Fridays… here is one: [ Summer of 2013 ] one of the boys learning how to “#2” on the potty… After he finishes the “#2” he looks down into the potty and says: “pushed out an airplane “….. Read more »

  • Thankful Thursday : 001

    There is always something to be thankful for – Thursdays around here at SOF (speed of family) are dedicated to being thankful.  [One]  I’m thankful for a house. It’s been cold. -30 to -60 this winter.. [Two] I’m thankful for smiles & laughter from our children. [Three] I’m thankful for friendships. Thankfulness is something we should practice! Share in… Read more »

  • son, you have a sword

    Jumping on for the ride in a two-year old’s imagination is bound to be exciting. Recently, our imaginations have taken us dragon hunting at bed-time.… it does the trick and gives for some memorable moments. One night, in particular, I was beckoned by the sword wielding two-year old to come with him upstairs to find… Read more »

  • young heart

    The battle for the young heart. Should I … Be more strict on what they listen to? what they watch? Teach them how to consume ___________ in moderation? Teach them how to give and not expect return…? Let them see me study my bible? Show them that men can cry? Let them play my instruments… Read more »

  • three things family worship night was not

    You know that moment when you know you SHOULD do something to teach your kids but you don’t really want to? Maybe for a number of reasons… 1) it’s work. 2) it will probably end up in a battle of some sort over some obscure $2 toy (that shouldn’t be played with at the moment… Read more »

  • Introducing: At The Speed of Family

    There is a phrase that I’ve found explains the rate at which we find ourselves moving through life… “At the speed of family” I believe there are others that feel this way… family life is speedy. My wife, Lesley, and I are hoping to encourage others that find themselves in this same season. Please! If… Read more »