The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey is something I could have used as a kid. There was very little direction in my house and I just drifted from class to class in high school. If you pictured my life as The Breakfast Club, I was Brian. The difference was, while he got too much direction and pressure from his parents, I didn’t get enough. It doesn't sound that bad – but it wreaks havoc with your confidence. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens are the same as the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, which makes sense as Teens author Sean Covey is the son of Stephen … [Read more...]
Almost seven years ago I became a father. I still remember the swelling mix of feelings – love, pride, exhaustion and fear amongst others. I remember, vaguely, getting the car to pick up my daughter and my wife. My daughter. I was a father. Oh, boy. The hospital stay was nice. Cozy. It was like Diet Parenting. People brought you food (free if you were a breastfeeding mom – which I may, or may not have, pretended to be over the phone when I ordered meals). Nurses would take the kid so you could nap (we never let her leave). Your child was LoJacked so people couldn't steal her without … [Read more...]
Tuesday was one of those days. My smile was a facade, it was there, but wasn't as wide, or bright or authentic, as it usually is. At one point, my daughter even asked me why I wasn't goofing around as much as I usually do.
I was grumpy. I had a bad case of the grown-ups.
I'm not going to trouble you with the details, partially because I'm not sure what the particulars actually were, but I was stressed and fixated on things both in and out of my control. And at one point, I started getting stressed about … [Read more...]
For busy parents like us, it helps to have a toolbox we can take with us wherever we go. This is why I put together my "Summer Survival Kit." All the products below can be thrown in a bag and taken wherever you go. I have personally tested them and found they have saved time, energy or just made my life easier. I have included links to find further info on the products and where to buy them. A Parent's Summer Survival Kit Dad's Book of Awesome Science Experiments by Mike Adamick. Have this book ready to cure those long days when the kids are complaining they're bored. This book … [Read more...]
“Wanna do it SELF! Wanna do it SELF! Wanna do it SELF!” She thrashes like an angry crocodile caught in a net. “Sienna, calm down!” I say, my frustration near boiling over. “You can’t change your diaper by yourself!” Poop leaks everywhere as she flails. I take a deep breath wishing to skip potty training (which we haven’t even started yet) and go right to whatever craziness comes next. We might be a couple of days away from the Fourth of July, but my daughter's in the throes of a sudden independence streak. She wants to do everything herself: open doors; use silverware (if I can … [Read more...]