How to Be a “Collector”

How to Be a “Collector”

By nature, I am a collector, but my wife might say, “pack rat” would be a better term! I have to say, though, that I came by it honestly. I grew up in a small town in South Carolina and watched my dad slowly collect and amass more and more things as time went on. We...
Honor More, Criticize Less

Honor More, Criticize Less

The life cycle of parents and children is interesting, to say the least. When your children are infants, they depend on you for everything. As toddlers, they worship the ground you walk on and they want to be around you all the time. Soon, teenagers are standing in...
Highs and Lows

Highs and Lows

You already know this from your life experiences, but let me make it absolutely clear: Over the course of your life, you will go through plenty of highs and lows. Some of these experiences will be hugely significant while others will be relatively minor. Truthfully,...
“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’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...