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a Father’s heart (music)

This album is 4 1/2 years coming… They are 4 songs for every stage of life – inspired by what I want my 5 sons to know. After some long processing (mostly in my head) but some of it in front of a whiteboard, journaling, Evernote, inviting feedback, and waiting on what the artwork would… Read more »

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a voice in the dark

  There are certain moments as a dad that wreck you. If you’re a dad, you know what I mean. If you’re not a dad – you can glean from this as well… hang with me.   Our youngest right now is not feeling well – he’s whiny, clingy, and emotional. That’s how he gets… 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: The Right Perspective (Pt 4 of 4)

Overshadowed realties are all around us. Here are 8 of them worth considering…   Don’t let the broken plate overshadow the fact they tried to help. Don’t let the accidental spill overshadow the fact they tried to take responsibility. Don’t let the broken window overshadow the fact they have learned physics. Don’t let the fight overshadow… Read more »

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the failed routine

  Maybe we’re the only family that does this… if we are, then well, we’re like this… HA! We see an “issue” that needs addressed, a new bed-time routine, a new supper “helper” chart, a new reward method, or some other routine-ed task. We make the chart, talk with the kids, do it well for a… Read more »

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bed time routine

Parent: OK kids, bed time in 5 minutes. Kids: *continue doing what they are doing, and don’t acknowledge the directive* Parent: “2 minutes” Kids: *continue doing what they are doing* *3 minutes pass* Parent: “OK, go brush your teeth time for bed.” The five minute rule in our house rarely is ever EXACTLY five minutes…. Read more »