Tag: raising kids

Don’t Just Turn the Other Cheek, You Need to Wash It, too

Yesterday, I heard the words every parent dreads. “Dad, I did something embarrassing this morning.” I was in the bathroom at our Sunday School, and I was hoping I had misunderstood  him. “What?” “I did something embarrassing in Sunday School this morning.” It’s amazing how many thoughts can race through your mind in a matter of…

A Back-to-School poem

 It was the first day of August Although gloomy and gray It was time to buy school supplies I couldn’t waste a day.   It was Tax-Free weekend A chance to save a buck. Sure I’d have to fight the crowds, But I didn’t give a . . . hmmmmm, duck?   I woke up…

I Was Just Worried About You, Dad

I don’t have professional training in how to worry. But as a parent, I find that it comes quite naturally. Afterall, that’s what we’re supposed to do as parents – worry. My son is going on a trip with a friend? Time to worry. My daughter is going out on a date? Uh-oh. My son is…

My son proposes a change to the Constitution

It’s not often that an amendment to the U.S. Constitution can be proposed that is endorsed by almost everyone, but I think my son may be on the right track It all started the other day when my son exclaimed, “That should be against the law!” I immediately FROZE! I wasn’t sure what I had…

Saying thank you while signing books

My first book has been an exciting time for me. Both confidence-building and humbling at the same time. It has been a true honor and blessing. I still find myself surprised, and even somewhat shocked, that people even want to read my book, a book that relays some stories over the past year as well…

Vacation turns into Question-cation

It was nice to get away from the grind of being off from teaching this summer by taking a vacation. However, if you’re familiar with my blog, you know there’s s no vacation from the questions my son demands the answers. to. We spent a week in Alabama, visiting family and enjoying the relaxing atmosphere…

It could be worse. We could run out of gas. Oh wait . . .

There’s not much better than going on vacation. And there’s not much worse than the drive home from a vacation. But that’s where we found ourselves on Saturday. But we were determined to make a good day out of it. By we, I mean my daughter, my niece, and me. We were leaving Orange Beach…

I’ll Have a World Cup To Go, Please

As I’ve said before, our family loves the World Cup. My daughter got us started during the 2006 tournament. Now we look forward to it each and every four years. And this year was no exception. However, when the sporting event you love takes place during the summer, sometimes, you have to check schedules, coordinate…

Are You John Smith or Kocoum?

When my daughter was about two years old, we took her to see the movie Pocahontas. Yeah, I know, we probably shouldn’t have, but Braveheart was sold out, so the Disney movie was about all that was left. Now I’m not going to say I hated the movie, but I did construct a Pocahontas voodoo…

I’ll Do Anything for my Kids, but Do I Have to do THIS?

I love my kids. And I’ll do almost anything for them. I dressed up as a clown for one of my daughter’s birthday parties. I’ve been to events, gone over spelling words, and even ridden rides at amusement parks. I’ve cleaned up puke and nursed them through all kinds of sicknesses and fake sicknesses. I’ve worked and…