The end of the school year is quickly approaching, and many students and their families give gifts to the administration to say thank you for the year. (If you don’t, I’m not suggesting you should. I’m simply reporting the way it is). While Starbuck’s gift cards are nice, there are a few gifts that we … Continue reading This One’s Going to Get Me in Trouble
I’m writing this from the Starbucks near my daughter’s dance class where I wait for her to finish practice. Having dedicated a post on sons, it’s only fair that I chat a bit about the only gender I know personally from rearing–girls. I recently read the great article published by Dr. Carol Langlois entitled, “Fathers, … Continue reading The Beauty of Daughters
Everyone likes a “good job” stamp, but there seems to be evidence that a gold sticker for the sake of making a child feel good, may not accomplish the intended goal. A recent study conducted by Ohio State University has concluded that inflated praise of children with low self-esteem may actually make the self-esteem … Continue reading Praise Him?
Our society is a paradox. In a time in which the majority pays good money to look young, our culture works hard creating a feeling of inferiority in those who are actually young. And while those who work with young men bemoan the loss of strong male role models, many columnists are recognizing the fact … Continue reading How to Emasculate Young Men
The parent with “issues” is sometimes easy to see: the mom who still wears skinny jeans, the dad that cusses out the umpire. But the sin of loading our own baggage into our children’s luggage compartments is often more subtle. It influences everything from the way we prioritize discipline to the way we choose conflict … Continue reading Ubi Pus Ibi Evacua
If you are not an evangelical Christian, you should probably skip this blog post. When I counsel unbelievers, there are many things they can learn from Scriptures without accepting all the pillars of the faith. However, the ideas I’m about to discuss are so steeped in Christian perspective that they may not make sense unless … Continue reading It’s About Me
The internet is a funny but scary thing. All of us can jump online and in the space of a few paragraphs establish ourselves as experts. The easiest subjects about which to do that is parenting and education. After all, we all have had parents, and most of us have been to school. Our individual … Continue reading Why Antiques are Beautiful