From a Dad to His Kids…Passing on What Matters Most

About a month or so ago just as the season for grass cutting hit full swing here in Indiana, we tried to start up our lawn mower and it wouldn’t cooperate. Nothing we did seemed to work. And this was our “new” lawnmower, which is a gently used mower given to us by a family member because our other mower kept breaking down.

So, our grass began to rise (as I’m sure our neighbor’s frustration did along with it). Then one day it happened. Two dads, our dads, converged on our house with lawn equipment and tools. My dad and my dad-in-law drove over an hour to our house with the intent of not only taking care of our grass, but getting our lawn equipment up and running.

5 Ways Masterminds and Small Groups Will Take You to Another Level

Several years ago my wife, Stephana, and I were having a prolonged disagreement that was getting on the verge of destroying our relationship. We just couldn’t resolve it no matter what we tried.

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Finally I couldn’t take it and I left our apartment, not knowing where I was going or when I was coming back. When I finally came to my senses (realizing I really had nowhere to go), I came home.

3 Ways to GET the Victory in Fatherhood

I gave a disclaimer to my wife the other day. I told her over the next few weeks I’ll be sitting on the couch watching a lot of TV. The reason? It’s one of my favorite times of the year, March Madness. The NCAA College Basketball National Tournament officially kicks off tomorrow. It is a crazy, fun time of year for both avid basketball fans, and those who only watch during the tournament.

When all is said and done, there will be one winner. One team will have overcome all obstacles and become a national champion. Each team puts in work all year long to reach this point of the season. One of the reasons my wife is okay with me watching so much TV during this time, is because much like the teams in the tournament I’ve put in the work prior to now in trying to be the best dad and husband  I can be.

Are you passing the right values to your children?

This is guest post from Dr. Lon Flippo. Lon is a professor of Children’s and Family Ministries at North Central University. He and his wife, Chris, have been married for over 30 years and have two children and two grandchildren. You can connect with Lon on his blog, iparentnow.com, and on Twitter (@iparentnow). If you want to guest post on my blog, check out my guest post guidelines and submit your post.

Recently I was offered coffee. I replied, “No.” My dislike for coffee is largely because my father despised it. I imitated his preferences and sneered at the stuff. I internalized the message that coffee is distasteful.

Are you passing the right values to your children?

This illustrates an important parenting principal. Children imitate and eventually accept as normal the behavior, opinions and beliefs of their parents—healthy and unhealthy, good and bad, right and wrong.

5 Things Dads Must Do With Their Kids…Every Single Day

This is a guest post by Andrew Linder. Andrew is a husband, the father of four awesome kids, and a children’s pastor at a thriving church. Andrew is passionate about intentional parenting and helping other parents and leaders effectively reach the next generation. He blogs at AndrewScottLinder.com, and can be followed on Twitter @AndrewLinder and on Facebook. If you want to guest post on my blog, check out my guest post guidelines and submit your post.

One of my greatest goals in life is to influence people, and there are no people I desire to influence more than my children. They are truly the greatest lasting legacy that I will ever have.

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There are five things that, by God’s grace, I try to be very intentional about doing with my children every single day. These things not only help me to be a better parent, but help me to be the greatest positive and spiritual influence in their lives.

5 Things I Hope My Sons Think of Me When They’re Grown

This month we celebrated the birthdays of both of my sons. The oldest turned nine, and then a couple weeks later the youngest turned five. If you’ve experienced anything with raising boys you know they are at that sweet spot.

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That sweet spot where life is amazing. The problems they have are forgotten minutes later, once the next ball gets thrown up, or they stumble across one of their action figures, or there is anything that grabs their attention for a split-second. The sweet spot where everything is AWESOME! (cue Lego Movie theme song)

A Prayer for My Sons, A Prayer for Me

This is a guest post by Thom S. Rainer. Thom is the author of the bestselling books, I Am a Church Member and Autopsy of a Deceased Church. His daily blog is ThomRainer.com. If you want to guest post on my blog, check out my guest post guidelines and submit your post.

The year was 1985. My third son, Jess, was five months old. His older brothers, Sam and Art, were five and three years old respectively. My wife, Nellie Jo, and I were exhausted. She, in particular, seemed never to rest with the demands of being a stay-at-home mom to three preschool boys.

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I was sleeping little as well, dealing with the demands of being a full-time seminary student, serving as pastor of a small church, and working an additional thirty hours a week at a bank.

3 Ways to Make Better Memories with Your Family

When I was a kid my dad used to take me and my brother to professional baseball games. We would take a summer trip to New York every year, and while we were there we’d try to catch a Mets game if the Cardinals (my favorite team) were in town.

3 Ways to Make Better Memories with Your Family

Even after I graduated from college during the summer we would all get together — me, my dad, my brother, and my nephew — and make a trip to Cincinnati to watch a Reds game. In addition to spending days at the little league baseball park, those trips and experiences watching MLB games are still something I remember.

How to Safely and Responsibly Introduce Your Kids to Social Media

Two weeks ago we celebrated our daughter, Jaicey’s, 14th birthday! It is pretty surreal having a 14-year-old daughter. The fact that when we talk to her we are looking eye-to-eye is…different. And actually my wife has to look up to her. She is growing physically, but also emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.

How to Safely and Responsibly Introduce Your Kids to Social Media

We are definitely in a new season of parenting. It’s exciting, scary, and sometimes we get a little nostalgic as we look back over the past 14 years. One thing’s for sure…we can’t go back. We are focusing on what’s in front of us now, and looking at what’s ahead.