School Days

Well, its that time of year again.  The kids and teens (parents too!) I know have enjoyed this extra long summer vacation.  But now that we are basking regularly in triple digits more and more kiddos are ready to go back to school.  There are just so many video games one can play before the mind […]

I don’t feel very “purple” today

My wife frankly pointed out to me recently that all these expectations to be a remarkable parent can be overwhelming and downright irritating at times.  Hmmm…with a high maintenance preschooler and infant son to care for all day I cannot imagine why she might feel that way?  There are those days when you don’t feel like a […]

Normal Day

Let me be aware of the treasure you areLet me not pass you by in quest ofsome rare and perfect tomorrow.Let me hold you while I may,for it will not always be so.One day I shall dig my fingers into the earth,or bury my face in the pillow,or stretch myself taut,or raise my hands to […]

A father’s love for his son (Dick & Rick Hoyt)

Eighty-five times he’s pushed his disabled son, Rick, 26.2 miles in marathons. Eight times he’s not only pushed him 26.2 miles in a wheelc hair but also towed him 2.4 miles in a dinghy while swimming and pedaled him 112 miles in a seat on the handlebars–all in the same day. Dick’s also pulled him cross-country skiing, taken him on his […]

What’s Purple Cow?

Seth Godin writes in his popular business book “Cows, after you’ve seen one, or two, or ten, are boring. A Purple Cow, though…now that would be something. Purple Cow describes something phenomenal, something counterintuitive and exciting and flat out unbelievable.”  Parenting has never been more challenging and truly remarkable families are more and more rare these […]

Slow Dance

Have you ever watched kids On a merry-go-round? Or listened to the rain Slapping on the ground? Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight? Or gazed at the sun into the fading night? You’d better slow down. Don’t dance so fast. Time is short. The music won’t last. Do you run through each day On the […]

Enjoy the moment

If you had a dollar for every time someone pointed out how fast your kids will grow up you could just retire now and spend more time with them.  With a vivacious, on the go, ‘where’s the party’ 4 year old girl (code: high maintenance) and a laid back, sweet, and easy 6 month old son at home I am continuously striving to enjoy all the little things about their […]

My New Blog

Welcome!  This is a place for insights, tips, and comments about kids, teens, and parenting.  The family is the most sacred institution in human history yet it has a bull’s eye firmly on its back these days.  We live hectic lives and our kids are growing up in an increasingly complex and toxic culture.  Hopefully this will be a spot where you might grab a few simple ideas that […]