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September 17, 2020


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Oh, the joys of sitting around the table with your children, as they independently complete their homework assignments! I hope you hear the sarcasm of that statement. Having raised three, very different learners, the idea ... Read More

May 28, 2020


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Many things have been said about how to save your marriage. Some of them are even true!  A few years ago, for instance, John Gottman, an expert in couple therapy, suggested husbands needed to say, ... Read More

May 5, 2020


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“I don’t think I can stand this much longer. I’m thinking of moving out.” “This is just not working for me. I want a divorce.” There’s no question that the global pandemic has created a ... Read More

January 16, 2020

Leader or Follower?

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Anytime one of my three children gets in trouble at school, my first question to them is always, “Were you being a leader or a follower today?” My oldest and only daughter always had an ... Read More

December 23, 2019

Work Hard to Play

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There is hardly a person on the planet that doesn’t like the opportunity to play. Of course, the term “play” has varying meanings at varying ages. For instance, play to a two-year-old might mean whacking ... Read More

November 25, 2019

Math Can Be Fun

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I have always loved math.  In fact, I once taught math in fifth through eighth grades. Math is orderly, straightforward and tends to have a right answer.  I’ve noticed, however that my eight grandkids seem ... Read More

November 5, 2019

“Because I Want To”

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“Because I want to.” This was my toddler son’s response to my question about why he had chosen to pee down the heating vent next to the toilet. It wasn’t very reassuring to me, but ... Read More

October 24, 2019

Fun Fall Traditions

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Fall evokes a myriad of emotions and memories for most people. By the looks of the grocery store aisles, it certainly must evoke all things pumpkin spice. But for many dads, it often brings thoughts ... Read More

September 30, 2019

Being a Good Friend

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Our dog’s name is “Wilson.” Wilson is to me the best dog in the world. And if a dog is a man’s best friend, then Wilson is about the best friend I have ever had. ... Read More

September 17, 2019

The Power of Books

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My name is Kyle, I’m a librarian, a dad, and soon to be Charlee’s husband. My son (5) and her two daughters (5 & 3) blend into our family of three kids and a rascally ... Read More

July 11, 2019

Let Go of Grudges

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LET GO OF GRUDGES FOR YOURSELF & YOUR KIDS “Hey, my wife and I are in town and we wondered if we might get together. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen you.” This ... Read More

May 30, 2019

Are We Fooling Ourselves?

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She didn’t exactly whack the back of my head when she lifted the lid on the overhead compartment in the plane, but she did hit it. “Watch your head,” she said matter-of-factly, after she hit me. Since ... Read More

April 24, 2019

Take Heart Dads

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A Humorous Look at How the Mother is Always Wrong Several years ago our son, who was then focusing on communication and the arts in his undergraduate degree, arrived home during a break from instruction ... Read More

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April 2, 2019

The Courage to be Ordinary

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Ordinary – that’s the title of a book by Michael Horton about “sustainable faith in a radical, restless world.” Horton speaks primarily of spiritual matters, but I think what he says applies to so much of ... Read More

March 13, 2019

Gaming Guidelines: Part 2

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Joel Hunter, School Counselor and Game Player In this blog, Joel continues to explain many helpful things about gaming which he began in last week’s blog. For a refresh or review, see the blog post ... Read More

February 28, 2019

Kids in the Kitchen

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It’s hard to believe, but just ten years ago, I was a fast food, frozen pizza eating bachelor. I rarely did any real cooking of any kind. When I met my future wife, Emily, I ... Read More

February 20, 2019


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Not every stepfather is so lucky. Chad Carleton admits he’s a blessed man, but he thinks some of the magic may have begun in the kitchen. “We bonded,” he said, “when we started cooking together.” ... Read More

January 16, 2019

Teaching Good Manners

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I grew up with a brother who was less than two years younger than me. We were raised by our hard working, single mother, along with equally hard working grandparents. I never really remember being ... Read More

January 10, 2019

Teaching Good Manner

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When I told my husband, Tobi, that I’d be writing a blog about courtesy and good manners he immediately said, “I’m not reading that, I hear you talk about it every day”, and he’s right. ... Read More

January 3, 2019

“No Thank-You!”

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“No thank you. I’ve had an excellent sufficiency. Anymore would be a superfluous animosity. However, your cuisine would please the most fastidious gourmet.” These are the words my father taught us to say when we ... Read More

December 14, 2018

The Annual Christmas Crisis

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Let’s face it. Celebrating the holidays can be very stressful and depending on your family’s background and traditions, the tension can last for weeks. Even if you are able to keep plans for your festivities ... Read More

December 6, 2018

Setting Limits

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A few weekends ago, during a busy Saturday of shuttling my three kids from once place to another, my 13-year-old son asked if he could make himself some hotdogs. That was once less person I ... Read More

November 15, 2018

Lifelong Memories

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Do you ever wish you could remember more things about your life when you were little? I am a father to one son named Hayden.  He’s 8.  I’m 48.  Yes, I’m the “older dad.”  But being older, I believe ... Read More

November 8, 2018

The Talk

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I am a husband, father of three, and two-time communicator of, “The Talk.” My oldest, and only daughter is now 15, while my middle child, and oldest son, is 13. My first experience of trying ... Read More

October 18, 2018

Raising Quitters

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I have three adult sons.  Each is a quitter.  Being a quitter is not always a bad thing. Since my children were young they had the opportunity to try new things from playing soccer to playing in ... Read More

September 13, 2018

Life Lessons from School

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I am a father of three beautiful, talented and amazing children. This is the first year in which each of our three kids attend a different school. Our mornings are hectic and we are crunched ... Read More

August 23, 2018

Encouraging School Success

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If you have looked at social media for even a minute during this, or the past few school years, it can seem that there is a constant stream of “look-what-my-kid-did” announcements. Our society has become ... Read More

August 19, 2018

Taming Transitions

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Adults have to make transitions several times each day. Most of the time, transitions are made smoothly and without much thought. For children, however, transitions can be much more difficult. Kids are still learning how ... Read More

February 14, 2018

Good Dad & Good Mom

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I recently read a statistic, where the number of families with kids under 18, headed by a single-parent, increased from 8.2% to almost 32% from 1960 to 2015. Between 2000 and 2015 the share of ... Read More

January 24, 2018

High-Quality Parenting

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At 47, Joe Ndiba describes himself as an “older dad.” He is also as a highly engaged, proud father of four. His first two children, a 22-year-old son, and 19-year-old stepdaughter are out of the ... Read More

January 17, 2018

Becoming a Good Dad

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Dr. Mike Dawson has been the Chief Learning Officer for Springfield Public Schools since 2015. He is also married to Dr. Wendy Dawson and the father of three great kids: Emma (17), Jack (13), and ... Read More

January 15, 2018

Following in Great Footsteps

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Mark Walker is the oldest of four children. He is also the President and CEO of TransLand, the Springfield-based trucking business founded by his parents in 1982. Today TransLand has a fleet of 170 trucks ... Read More

October 20, 2017

Handling Homework Hassles

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Oh, the joys of sitting around the table with your children, as they independently complete their homework assignments! I hope you hear the sarcasm of that statement. Having raised three, very different learners, the idea ... Read More

October 5, 2017

Homework Hassles

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When you were a child doing your homework did you ever wonder, “When am I going to use this stuff again?” For instance, when was the last time you referenced the Japanese surrender on September ... Read More

September 10, 2017

Three Girls, Three Sports

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How many of you are like me? While growing up you played as many sports as you could—baseball, basketball, football, and even soccer (VERY little)! I was NOT the best athlete. There were many of ... Read More

September 4, 2017

Good Bye to Summer

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Sometimes parents welcome it, while it seems that almost always, children dread it. What am I talking about? The end of summer. To parents, it can signal the conclusion of finding babysitters, refereeing a staggering ... Read More