What Was The Photographer Thinking?

Recently, Melody and I read a news article about a little boy in a wheelchair who was having his yearly class picture made. Not a biggie, right? Wrong! Apparently, the little boy who was placed (by the photographer) far off to the side of  his classmates during the yearly photo, was never moved closer to […]

Thanks for Walking the Talk

Parents are the ultimate role model for children. Yes, many other people can influence kids but it’s parents and parent figures who form the basis of a child’s core beliefs. This isn’t done simply by talking about rules or what should be done but by taking ACTION! In essence, parents must lead by example and […]

The Will Smith Parenting Style

Recently, I read an article (or two) about Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s parenting style. He was quoted as saying, “We respect our children the way we would respect any other person. Things like cleaning up their room. You would never tell a full-grown adult to clean their room, so we don’t tell our […]

Thanks for the Memories

In my family (extended family included), most of us were born within several days of major holidays. The jury is out on whether that is a good thing or not. I’m just glad I don’t have a near-Christmas birthday. But, hey, we all work with what we’ve been given. 😉 The difficult part of this […]

Friends with a Different Perspective

We are drawn to people who have things in common with us.  When we spend time with these people, they often become friends. Along with the things we have in common, we may find that some friends think along the same lines that we do. Occasionally, friends may appear to “just know” what we need […]

We Don’t Count the Steps

In my family we don’t count the steps. I never have and I never will.  This may sound a bit odd until I explain. From an early age I knew my dad had been adopted. He spent his earliest years (and beyond) with these two loving parents who I knew as my grandparents, calling them […]

Insightful Football Coach Builds Character Through Compassion

We all want our children to develop character traits that will help them succeed in life. As parents, we do our best to guide them along the way. However, it’s also a parent’s responsibility to surround our children with good role models when possible. Sometimes these associations are by design and sometimes you just happen […]

How far will you go to protect your child’s self-esteem?

If you read news online, you may have seen talk about the dad who protected his son from bullies by wearing a skirt. If you haven’t, you can read the full story here. The short of it is this man’s 5 year old son was being bullied because he liked to wear little girl’s skirts […]