1 | Build a sense of empowerment, not a victim mentality No matter how difficult things feel, they can do something to help themselves or their situation. 2 | Parent with a sense of values, but not with a sense of guilt All parents can feel guilt over mistakes we have made, but guilt … More 13 Things that Families Can Do to Raise Mentally Strong Kids
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Recovery is about getting your life back. Maybe it’s time to recover your sense of humor? ___ Why are so many addicts or recovering addicts also comedians? Humor should be a part of recovery because humor is central to what it means to be a human being. Humans are the only creatures that laugh. Except for monkeys, hyenas … More Addiction: Laughing Loudly While Quietly Crying Into Your Beer
If you have a teenager, if you are a teenager, or if know a teenager, you need to read this Declaration of Teenage Independence. ___ My wife and I have been having a discussion for months. Our teenage son bargains, begs for, and sometimes demands more independence. I believe that freedom needs to be earned, but … More The Imperfect Parent’s Guide to Teenage Freedom
What can children teach us about what makes a life worth living? A great deal. ___ I don’t know about you, but September is a good time for reflection about how the year is progressing. It is like a re-start. With all of the students going back to school, September reminds me of the importance of … More What Makes a Life Worth Living?
What is it That Makes a Good Dad? ___ I took my kids camping this weekend and it rained for most of the trip. The rain made me sleepy and thoughtful. In between naps, I thought about the question: “What is it that makes a good dad?” Is it personality, skills, what you do or how … More 12 Things that Good Dads Do
One weekend, four people, one tent: Family camping. Do I need to say more? My family and I are reclaiming camping as a family activity. It’s a love-hate thing: Sticky-matted hair, camping breath, smoky-smelling armpits and feet that smell like outdoor bathrooms. I think you understand why we have taken a vacation from camping for … More Camping and the Stories that Make Us
I am thinking about sending my children to live with the Circus. My children are at the age when they need to change schools and move up to the next level in their Education. In Canada, we name it Junior High and High School. Whoever named the levels of schooling needs to go back to … More The 10 Ways that Living With The Circus Is Better Than Going to Traditional School
Have you ever experimented on the people around you? I did an experiment on my children this year. No, I did not explain the risk and benefits to them and I also did not gain consent from my spouse. I just did it for the thrill. This is life on the edge. “In parenting, like in gambling, … More The 8 Words ™ That Can Keep Any Conversation Going