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kids swearing

September 17, 2017
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Kids Swearing: It’s okay, you know, sort of…

When you hear kids swearing, conclusions are made. Almost instantly, hearing any number of kids swearing brings the listener to a conclusion, either about the kid or about his or her parents. It is unfair, however, to jump to conclusions … Continue reading

openly vulnerable dad

August 12, 2017
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A Father’s Love: What I Learned From a More Openly Vulnerable Dad

This is the story about how another dad showed me how…and why it is okay and even wonderful to be an openly vulnerable dad. One sentence. That was all it took for me to know I was onboard with this guy. … Continue reading

unconditional love

July 8, 2017
by Creed
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New Toys, Same Old Daddy: A Discourse on Unconditional Love

What is unconditional love? I’ve loved sushi for over a decade but I feel confident in saying that if it came down to it, I could live without sushi. Is that really a life worth living? A sushi-less existence? Might not seem … Continue reading

thankful for your children

June 22, 2017
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Raising Chickens: A Step-By-Step Guide in Learning How to be Thankful for Your Children

You should be thankful for your children. Children are a gift. If a sufficient amount of time passes in your life as a parent and you still do not feel this way, get yourself some chickens. This isn’t a metaphor. … Continue reading

stress relief

June 11, 2017
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Rage, Golf, and Functional Alcoholism: Stress Relief in 18 Holes or Fewer

There is no sport that embodies the principles of healthy rage and functional alcoholism quite like golf. A far cry from real sports like martial arts, football, or even speed chess, golf is a leisurely gentleman’s game enjoyed for centuries … Continue reading

why questions of a child

June 5, 2017
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But Why, Daddy?: Using the Why Questions of a Child to Unearth Life’s Mysteries

Children like to know why. Why this, why that, why everything…literally everything. This nonstop hailstorm of why questions can be irritating and time-consuming. The why questions of a child, however, are simply inevitable. All young children between the ages of about three … Continue reading

spanking

May 19, 2017
by Creed
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Why Spanking Ruined My Life

My parents never spanked me as a child. In fact they never hit me at all. I think this is where my dysfunction began. In the absence of spanking. I was punished, albeit, benignly. Spanking wasn’t in my parent’s handbook … Continue reading

smartphone

April 20, 2017
by Creed
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Using a Smartphone – a 3-year-old versus an 81-year-old

Watching a 3-year-old manipulate a smartphone or a like item such as an iPad is both an amazing and saddening experience. What took people like myself (I’m 31) months and even years to master, a 3-year-old raised with this technology … Continue reading

emotion

April 1, 2017
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The Emotional Continuum of a Small Child

By far one of the most challenging aspects of having a child is adapting to the hail storm of emotions coming at you from every angle. There are tidal waves of emotions from the moment the baby is born and … Continue reading

manners

March 1, 2017
by Creed
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Kids and Manners: a manual for new parents/pitiful role models

Encouraging good manners and behavior in children is a difficult endeavor. It is made even more challenging once parents realize that the real key to promoting manners and kindness is based on role modeling. Most modern adults are simply unable to … Continue reading

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