An Educator at Our Kids’ School Told Us We Were Parenting Wrong

3 Things to Help You Parent Like a Champion

We’ve been homeschooling one or all of our kids for over eight years. Our boys first and only school experience was via homeschooling. That is until last Fall when we made a big shift and sent our boys to “regular” school.

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It was at one of their school’s periodic Saturday School Seminars that an educator shared with us the right, or best, way to parent our boys, and what we were doing was not it.

Daddy-Daughter | Jackie Bledsoe and Jaicey Bledsoe

My daughter turns 17 today! Wow, it seems like yesterday I was carrying her in my arms.

The relationship between a dad and his daughter is truly a special one. Here are some of my favorite daddy-daughter posts… (more…)

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 doing actually 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.

It Still Takes a Village…That Village Just Looks Different Today

Who or what makes up your kids' village?

It’s finally Spring weather here in Indiana! If you are familiar with the weather in the midwest, especially Indiana, you can understand my excitement. We are not too surprised when winter weather is the norm even after March 21st when it’s supposed to be spring. So, when we get several days of spring-like weather we are excited.

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For our family, it’s time to pull out the bikes and take some family bike rides. It’s our thing during the spring and summer. We ride around our neighborhood, pack up bikes and go to the park or even downtown Indy. I remember riding bikes during the spring and summer as kids, but it wasn’t the family bike ride like we do today. It was different then.

How to Bless Your Wife and Kids with This One Action

Can you eliminate this one unimportant distraction for one month?

I recently made the decision to turn off all the notifications on my cell phone. I just reached the point where I was overwhelmed. No matter what time of day, no matter what I was doing, and no matter where I was I just kept getting interrupted.

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Notifications distracted me from everything—from work, from my family, and even from myself. I learned that removing them is a great way to bless your wife and kids.

Men, Are You Protecting Your Families from the Enemy?

This is a guest post from Anna Joy Lowell. Anna is the blogger behind Path Through the Narrow Gate, a blog dedicated to helping Christian families discover that family Bible study is not only doable, but also enjoyable. She is also the author of the Wisdom Talks Family Bible Study series. You can connect with Anna on Facebook. If you want to guest post on my blog, check out my guest post guidelines and submit your post.

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My husband has this thing for guns.

It’s a bit incomprehensible to my female mind, but there it is.

Not only does my husband enjoy deer and ruffed grouse hunting, he also wants to be prepared to protect his family in the event of an armed robbery. So, he has stockpiled weapons and ammunition.

How to Use Technology to Bring Your Family Together Not Apart

7 Ways to Help Your Family Connect

New technology has created a new norm for today’s modern family. We have things at our fingertips that we’ve never had before. But we also have challenges that we’ve never had before. Is technology beneficial in bringing your family together? Or is it actually pushing your family apart?

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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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The Key to Raising Kids with Faith

How do you instill faith in your kids in today's culture?

Last month my wife Stephana and I took a trip to Chicago for a conference we were invited to attend as part of the blogger and social media team. The conference was put on by one of our favorite organizations, Awana, which is a nonprofit ministry that serves kids all over the world.

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Our kids have been in the Awana Clubs for the past six years and my wife and I have been serving in their Awana Clubs for the past three years. We love it so much and it’s had such an impact on our kids and family that we’ve literally scheduled our calendars around our Wednesday night Awana Club meetings.

Do You Enjoy Spending Time With Your Family?

My insights from spending all day filming a TV commercial with my family

About a month ago we received a call from our daughter’s talent agency asking if our family would audition for a TV commercial. We were super excited and of course, we said yes! However, there were no guarantees we’d be selected.

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So, a few weeks later we were called back as finalists. And then we received the call we’d been waiting for. Our family was chosen to “star” in the Visit Indy commercial as part of Indiana’s Bicentennial celebration. The commercial began airing this week on major TV stations in Indiana.