Parenting Hacks

You Didn’t Get a Trophy? Work harder!

“Hey, Johnson.” “Yes, sir?” “You’ve done an average, blasé job this year. I’m putting you I for a raise” “But sir, wait, what?” Ever had this happen at work? Yeah, me neither (my name’s not Johnson anyway). So why are we treating our kids this way? Are we really teaching our children anything positive by…

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Potty Training With Alexa

Potty Training With Alexa

My daughter-in-law is a genius! Well, she and Alexa are geniuses! My son and daughter-in-law received an Amazon Echo as a gift from her sister this past Christmas. Alexa played music for them on command and everyone was happy. Little did she know what lay in store… One of my grandsons, Harrison, hit the ripe…

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Every Choice has a Consequence

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. — Viktor Frankl  How we react—how we choose to react—to situations, truly defines us. But the overlying truth is that we “choose.” You are free to make choices, but…

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Rely on a Solid Foundation

The greatest gift you can give your children.   When building any structure, the most critical part is starting with a solid foundation. You could argue that other parts of the structure are just as important, though all discussions will ultimately return to the soundness of the foundation. Would you ever consider building your dream…

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You Want to Marry My Only Daughter?

Trading a son-in-law for a son. I have six kids. Okay, okay, just chill! That’s not where I’m going with this whole story, well, partly. I have five sons and one daughter. The perfect ratio. Not because she is any trouble. With my wife on one side of me at the dinner table, there is only one…

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“Grandpa, What Keeps You Up at Night?”

Now in my 50s, I can say the things that “Keep Me Up at Night” have morphed over time. Pre-Teens: The shadows under my bed and in my closet. Teens: The girls I liked, trying to be popular, an occasional test. 20s: The wide-open possibilities of the world, girls that are now women, college, marriage.…

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How to Search for Hidden Treasures Without Your Grandkids

The other evening, I found myself standing in the middle of my family room, in a trancelike state, surveying every inch of the room. I shun the television (aka Netflix and Amazon Prime), focusing instead of the perplexing game that is now afoot. The game of “Find the Treasure.” If you have seen my profile,…

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After Living in the Parenthood, You Will Never Leave

I’ve been ADULT-ing for almost 33 years now (do the math and don’t judge). I’ve been PARENT-ing for almost 28 years. Gimme a second to sit dow, got a little light-headed there…back to the story. In parenting, there are basically three phases: Pre-Parenting (no kids), Full-On-Parenting (they’re all around me!), and Post-Parenting (just an FYI,…

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The Attractive Bargain of the Irresistible Dollar Menu

How to feed a family for under $20 and have them love you! Feeding a family of eight has been a challenge at times. I can recall Saturday mornings, my five sons lumbering around the kitchen, stirring restlessly as a pan of scrambled eggs slowly cooked into fluffy happiness. My daughter cheerfully flitting around the kitchen,…

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Secrets to a Big Family — This is the Food Edition

I had an interesting discussion yesterday with some co-workers at lunchtime. One of my co-workers had gone to dinner to celebrate his girlfriend’s birthday. They went to a steakhouse and dropped over $100 on their meal. Read that again, $100 for two people for dinner. No big deal? Maybe it’s just me then. I was…

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