“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...
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...
Getting the Right Balance

Getting the Right Balance

You probably thought you had learned all the lessons about balance when you were five or six years old. Your mom or dad let go of your bike and then clapped wildly and praised you while they watched you coast about five or ten feet before tipping over. You eventually...