Family Trickle-Down

Family Trickle-Down

To a degree, it was understandable that Rob wanted to disengage after work. His time on the job was stressful and pressurized, so when he got home afterwards, he didn’t have much energy left over. That’s the noble version of the story, at least. The harder truth is...
Fighting Fair

Fighting Fair

It’s inevitable that a married couple is going to fight at some point in their relationship. When I use the word “fight,” I’m talking about verbal arguments, not physical encounters. When I hear couples say they never argue, that’s a red flag for me. I think every...
Eyes on a Light Prize

Eyes on a Light Prize

I saw two kids I know, Sam and Coby, at the beach a while ago, on the other end of some fishing line that had a dollar bill hooked to it. They were pulling a classic Candid Camera prank, half-burying paper money in the sand as bait and waiting for an innocent...
Every Day Is a Good Day

Every Day Is a Good Day

Recently, I was at a store purchasing some items. As I was wrapping up my transaction at the checkout, I said to the gentleman behind the register, “Have a good day.” His response caught me off guard. He replied with what seemed to be his typical response, “Every day...
Fatherhood and Plastic Pistols

Fatherhood and Plastic Pistols

For a while, Matt and Julie’s son Dylan had been asking his parents to buy him a toy gun so he could play Cops & Robbers in the backyard. But for a while, Matt and Julie disagreed about whether or not it was right for their little boy to have a gun, even if it was...
Family Progress: Try Ceiling Words

Family Progress: Try Ceiling Words

I’m convinced that the phases of child development are what turn parents into broken records. As our kids grow up and mature, time passes in phases. Our kids are newborns, toddlers, children, adolescents, adults. With each chunk of time that comes and goes, we find...