Quarantined, Now What?

Who would have thought that it would take a pandemic disaster to spend more time with your children? Genuine Dad’s Quarantine 101 Quarantined……..that’s just great, now what do we do? 1. Make a plan Simply because you are stuck at home does not mean that there is nothing you can do. Take out and old…

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Is It Possible To Engage With Your Teen?

The teenage lands, a vast expanse of growing from a child , to becoming an adult. These lands are filled with confusion, emotional upheaval, sadness, elation and all emotions in between. Teens are as confusing to themselves as they are to us, the parental units. They are trying to figure out who they are while…

9 Do’s And Don’ts Of Parenting

How many times have you asked your child a question and you get a very simplest of answers? Just enough of an answer to get you to stop asking the questions. While I am not a parenting expert per scholarly degree, I am a father to five, wonderful, and sometimes awful children. I have one…

The Hypocrisy Of Social Media

I don’t have enough likes to be beautiful………… Our children build an artificial representation of themselves and constantly compare their artificial representation to their peers artificial representation. They are in a constant battle for acceptance by artificial acceptance. Social media is wonder of technology to connect people. You are able to keep up and be…

How To Get Your Kids To Unplug

1. Unplug Yourself If you are going to ask your child to unplug , you also need to unplug. Children are very intuitive on spotting a hypocrite. This may be a difficult issue for some adults but it is absolutely necessary for your child to respect this decision. You may find out it is a…

Children Unplugged

Where has childhood gone? There was a time not so long ago that socializing had nothing to do with the internet. In fact there was no internet, well, at least not in the format it is now. It was a time where if you needed a status update you got on your bicycle and found…

A Genuine Dad For An Immigrant Child

The journey of becoming a United States citizen………… The conference room is filled to the bursting point. Full of immigrants, family members, spouses and friends from all over the world. The people in the room are filled with nervous smiles and anxious twiddling. This is one of the greatest moments in their life. They have…

The Cost Of Success, And The Reward Of Failure

It is done…….. and there is no going back. By all social and materialistic means I am a poor man. The thing about my life is that I have lived a much wealthier life than I currently have. I got to do things a lot of people never have the opportunity to do. I was…

Kids In Politics? What?

pol·i·tics Noun the activities associated with the governance of a country or other area, especially the debate or conflict among individuals or parties having or hoping to achieve power. That is how the word politics is defined. However in today’s political world the term debate has seemed to disappear into quagmire of screaming, shouting and…

Global Warming And Our Kids

Did you hear there was a recent student protest on climate change? If not here are some of the news stories CNN New York Times VOX Children out in the world, making a difference. However will it make a difference? Are we heading for disaster? What can the United States alone do to change it?…

Idiot’s Guide To Co-Parenting

The amazing thing about having children is, they are lifelong. So is divorce. Sometimes the relationship that brought this life into being is not lifelong. Unfortunately during today’s time more often than not, they do end. When divorce happens it is a life changing event. It envelopes you in anger and resentment. Then shortly after…

The Battle Within

You lost, you feel defeated. You ask yourself how can this happen? You put everything in…………and you ended up short. You loved so much, and you lost……….. We think that life is so unfair………..and it is. The only thing that stays constant, is everything changes. Your life will change. It will change constantly and without…

Will You Children Remember?

Do you remember where you were September 11th, 2001? On September 11th 2001 the United States was attacked by Islamic terrorists. On that day 2,977 Americans died. These Americans were not soldiers, they were men, women and children that had no idea that this day would be their last. They were fire fighters, police men…

7 Ideas To Be A Hero Dad

7. Make time for your child We all live in a time where nothing seems to slow down. Things are happening constantly. There are news cycles, Twitter feeds, Instagram posts, Redit, Pinterest, Facebook……….oh yea, and work. Then you may have sports games and practice, homework, cooking, and cleaning. Then before you know it, it’s lights…

Is Discipline Needed?

Discipline The practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior, using punishment to correct disobedience Why is childhood discipline so important? When our children are born into our lives, we discover an entire new dimension to love. This child has entered your life and is completely helpless. They are completely reliant…

Why Child Sports Are Critical

You miss 100% of the shots you never take -Wayne Gretzky The benefits of youth sports “Dad, can you help me?” I look down at my daughter. She is trying feverishly to get her new shin guards into her knee high soccer socks. I kneel down and smile at my daughter. I roll down her…

The Beauty In Death

Cancer is a demon. It enters the body and slowly tears at you from the inside. It devours tissue and organs without remorse. Unceasingly destroying until a person is simply an empty shell of themselves. The only way to fight this beast is to poison yourself in the hope you are stronger than this demon….

The Agreement

Unaccounted Consequences Rays of the morning sun begins to peak up on the distant horizon as it begins it’s daily journey across the sky. A myriad of brilliant colors scatter across the sky almost as if they are a reflection of the turmoil in my heart. The news anchor on the fuel pump is talking,…

Why Do We Have Father’s Day?

“Dads are the most ordinary of men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, story-tellers, and singers of song.” — Pam Brown

4 Easy Ways To Ditch The Dad Bod

How many times have you read these types of article? They preach to you all the things you should do. You read them and you know you should do what they say, however, there are very difficult habits to change. So let’s start at the very beginning. 1. Change your mindset Changing any habit is…

Why Drowning, Doesn’t Look Like Drowning.

According to the CDC- 10% of drownings are actually watched by an adult, that don’t realize what is happening. Summertime is upon us, the temperatures are up. Parents and children crowd the pools looking for a respite from the oppressive heat. The pools, lakes and rivers swell with children’s laughter. They kick and scream, and…

Curriculum Gap? What? We Have A Gap?

What in the world is a curriculum gap? The children wait. Like dogs tied to a leash for too long, waiting to be released. They pull the tension tight, with no more slack available. The final school bell tolls, the leashes are freed and the children are released! They run from the building, screaming and…

5 Ways To Have Fun With Your Kids. (Without destruction or death)

With school out and the children unleashed upon us we have put together a list of some of the best things you can do with your kids no matter how little time you have them. 1. Cook breakfast with your kids Forget about the broken eggs on the floor. Forget about the egg shells in…

9 Fun Summer Activities for Your Kids

No winter lasts forever……….not even this one 9.Giant Jenga If you have ever played and enjoyed the original little Jenga than you will love this idea. It may take a little know how, some tools, materials, and some old fashioned elbow grease. (Here is a link to build your own). But once it is done…

The Spotted Horse

Garrett Johnston leaned against the giant statue outside of a run down building. The building was was built in 1949, what used to be white, was charred brown by age. The widows were old and dirty with pieces of paint peeling off around the edges. The place was called Spotted Horse, Spotted Horse Wyoming. A…

Great Summer Jobs For Teens

The temperatures are rising, the flowers are blooming. The itch is growing, the itch to be free. The kids are counting down the moments, the seconds before they will be released from their cage of learning. Soon they will be unleashed upon the Earth with the final school bell of the year. For your teeneagers…

Classical Music For The Kids, What? Why?

No matter if you are a huge fan of classical music or you quickly change the channel as soon as you come across it, classical music has been a staple of civilization for hundreds of years. You listen to it everyday, you just don’t know your listening to it. By definition Classical music is art music produced…