3 Ways Dads Can Have More Meaningful Conversations with Our kids

When it comes to my fatherhood report card I think I’m getting a passing grade, I may be better than some, but I still have a ton of room for improvement. There is that constant battle of my good intentions against what I’m actually doing. My concern—is what I’m actually doing helping my kids, or really just messing them up?

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You may have the same concerns as well. You have great intentions, but your intentions don’t always play out the way you hope or expect. It leaves you with a little uncertainty, a little seed of doubt about whether your kids will be better off because of you or completely jacked up.

The BEST Fireworks Displays on Independence Day

Have fun, be safe, and have a happy Fourth of July!

Today on July 4th in the United States we celebrate Independence Day. One thing that comes to the mind of almost every American when you think of the Fourth of July is…FIREWORKS! Just about every kid has watched some sort of fireworks display whether it be a private display in the backyard, or a public display at the local park (like I did), over the river, or from the rooftops of the big buildings downtown. It is an American tradition and a family tradition!

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A Parenting Mindset That Leads To Kids Who Want To Be Around You When They Are Adults

Responsibility builds relationships

This is a guest post from my friend Eric Dingler. Eric plays hard, laughs often, and lives with his wife, two kids, and friends in Virginia Beach. Eric is a pastor, leader, and entrepreneur. He is the founding pastor of CoastalCity.Church and helps others shepherd their brands to make their communities a better place to live. In his heart, Eric is about a better tomorrow for everyone. You can connect with Eric on Twitter and his blog www.EricDingler.com. If you want to guest post on my blog, check out my guest post guidelines and submit your post.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights….” You most likely have heard these words before. They are found in the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America.

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How My Almost 6-Year-Old Son’s Perspective Opened My Eyes

The other night I was watching one of the ESPN 30 for 30 episodes with my kids. It was the newest release about the story of heavyweight boxers Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson, called Chasing Tyson.

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Our youngest son Joshua turns 6 years old tomorrow, and he’s always had a unique perspective on things. But what I learned from his reaction while watching the show taught me a thing or two about how our perspective impacts our view of life.

My Son Turned 10 and it Took Me ‘Back to the Future’

Last month, on October 21, 2015, we celebrated Back to the Future Day in honor of the classic trilogy Back to the Future. It brought back nostalgia and a lot of talk about what the movie got right when it came to life in 2015.

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Since I was 10 in 1985, and on Back to the Future Day my son was less than two weeks from his 10th birthday, my wife and I thought it’d be great to enjoy the trilogy for our weekly family movie night.

See When Your Son Really Wants a Father or Just a Good Friend

This is a guest post from Tyler Jacobson. Tyler is a freelance writer, with past experience in content writing and outreach for parent and teen advocate organizations. His areas of focus include: parenting, education, social media, addiction, and issues facing teenagers today. You can connect with Tyler on Twitter or LinkedIn. If you want to guest post on my blog, check out my guest post guidelines and submit your post.

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When parents welcome their bundle of joy and begin the journey of a lifetime, they might not realize how their roles will change as the years progress. They start out loving and serving their child and tending to all of their needs.

Why It Might Be Good To Show Some PDA Around Your Kids

This is a guest post from Jesse Barnett. Jesse is a writer, teacher, carpenter, and minister. He lives just outside of Atlanta with his wife Rebecca and his daughter Gracie and son Joel. He believes that great families aren’t just made, they’re built, and he wants to give you the tools to build a great family. You can read his blog at TheFamilyBuilder.org and follow him on Twitter. If you want to guest post on my blog, check out my guest post guidelines and submit your post.

First, when I say PDA I am strictly talking G-rated stuff here: kisses, hugs, hand-holding, etc. So feel free to keep reading.

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Here is the backstory:

My daughter is twelve years old, going on sixteen. Actually she has been going on sixteen since she was four. She loves fashion, is tall and thin, and has long blonde hair, blue eyes, and a radiant smile.

In short, I am going to be in trouble with the boys in a few years.

Family Benefits to Getting Outside

This is a guest post from Pasquale R. Mingarelli. Pasquale spent 11 years on the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ (now called Cru) and currently works as a Christian speaker, adjunct college instructor, and nature photographer. He posts a photo and Bible verse each day on his blog site visualverse.thecreationspeaks.com, where he also writes about encountering God in the outdoors. You can connect with Pasquale on Twitter. If you want to guest post on my blog, check out my guest post guidelines and submit your post.

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My little girl fell face first into the dirt and began to cry. We quickly moved to pick her up, but she would have none of it. In her two-year-old words, our determined little girl said, “I do it self!” She picked herself up from the trail.

Is it Okay to Fight in Front of Your Kids?

This is a guest post from Jonathan Hoover. Jonathan is the author of The Blindfolded Marriage and the associate pastor at NewSpring Church, in Wichita, KS. Jonathan is a sought after marriage coach and speaker and blogs at www.lifeinacrazyworld.com. You can connect with Jonathan on Twitter and Facebook. If you want to guest post on my blog, check out my guest post guidelines and submit your post.

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Marital conflict happens. Hopefully, we’re able to keep it to a minimum, but disagreements—sometimes heated ones—are bound to happen. Should we be careful about how much our kids see? For years, the cultural answer seemed to be “Yes; keep the kids out of it.”