“I’m Bored!”

“I’m Bored!”

Delayed gratification isn’t all that popular, is it? Think about the common refrain of younger kids: “I’m bored!” Whenever I would say that as I was growing up, my mom would respond, “I’m never bored; I’m always with me.” That response annoyed me as a kid, but I...
“I Do” Need to Talk

“I Do” Need to Talk

My wife Jane and I were on a walk together when we began discussing our plans for the day, and it didn’t take long for the two of us to figure out that not only were our plans different from each other, they were also at odds. As we got further into the conversation,...
Hey Adults, Let’s Be the Adult

Hey Adults, Let’s Be the Adult

Guys, I’m reminded of a situation that played out in my home years ago, and I bet it’s something that others can relate to. I had found myself in a hefty disagreement with our teen, and words and emotions were flying from both directions. We had unearthed a battle...
Healthy Healing

Healthy Healing

As parents and grandparents, it’s natural that a big part of our goal in raising kids is to avoid doing things that were painful for us in our own childhoods. I’m not talking about the things like disciplining kids, teaching them about perseverance and sticking with...
I’m Not Any Good at That

I’m Not Any Good at That

Parents, here’s a phrase you’re definitely going to hear your kids say somewhere along life’s road. They’re going to say, “I don’t want to do that because I’m not any good at it.” Isn’t the same true for many of us? Don’t we only want to take part in events where we...
How’s Your Health?

How’s Your Health?

How’s your health these days? By that, I don’t just mean, “What’s your blood pressure or cholesterol?” Of course, those numbers are very important, and I do mean for them to be included in the question. But I’m asking a question that is a lot fuller than that too. I’m...