Kid Connection Tip: The Good Part of Student Drivers

I’ve heard it hundreds of times in my life. Complaints – and words of fear – from parents as they contemplate their son or daughter learning how to drive. And for many, a very real trepidation about sitting in the passenger seat with that same child who – seemingly just a few years ago – was wearing diapers. I’ve been…

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Kid Connection Tip: The Value of Spontaneity

Let’s get one thing clear: I do believe in rules. I especially believe in rules for kids. They need them. And they’re happier when they live in a world framed with clear, understandable rules put in place by mom and dad. Yes, happier. Even when they complain that they don’t like them. And families simply function better when they have…

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Kid Connection Tip: Follow Their Interests. Not Yours.

If you’re the parent of younger children, I hope you’re sitting down because I have some very bad news. Those cute little kids who love hanging out with you are some day going to run in the opposite direction when you suggest that you do something together. I know this to be true. Three children over. When my two sons…

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My Brother

I post this annually – or at least I try to – on June 6. It’s the anniversary of my brother, Kevin’s death. Kevin passed away 14 years ago at the age of 46 after a couple year battle with brain cancer.  And it still sucks. The above picture is how I remember Kevin. He was a professional photographer –…

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Dad Tip #11: I’m Owning It

Well, this was fun. And I actually forgot that MH reached out to me around Valentine’s Day! 20 Tips from a bunch of dads. I’m numero 11. Fun. Dandy.

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What’s More Important Than Good Grades?

I’ve seen three children receive their high school diplomas. They’s learned a lot. And so have I. Especially this: Cognitive skills count, but traits like patience, persistence, and self-confidence are a critical part of children’s academic success. That’s why I’m a big believer in pumping up a kid’s character. A California school district actually saw standardized test scores increase more…

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Kid Connection Tip: What Happens When You Listen

Our babies pop into the world. And what do we do? We do what comes naturally, right? We sing to them. We read books to them. We babble with them and talk to them. Talk, talk, talk. Even though they are incapable of talking back. And we do this around the clock as we relish in the joy of this…

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Kid Connection Tip: Family Frame-Up

I’ve long had a love of frames. Maybe that’s a result of my grandmother – my Mom’s mom – being a professional picture framer a thousand years ago. Even though I never met my grandmother, our home was filled with a few frames that she had made. One held a mirror. The others contained simple prints of landscapes. The prints…

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The Most Important Gift from Dad is…

*   This is part of a series of stories and videos I’m sharing during the months of May and June – highlighting the importance of connecting with our children. These memories are brought to you by the wonderful folks at Kimberly-Clark who have compensated me for my writing. All opinions are my own.  Visit the Kimberly-Clark website Join in…

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Kid Connection Tip: Sharing & Showing Gratitude

“Remember to say ‘thank you!’” If you’re a parent, you’ve no doubt shared those reminding words hundreds and hundreds of times with your children. And you should. Manners matter. But they are just part of it. For me, at the foundation of manners is raising a child who understands what gratitude is. Children who connect with the emotional side of…

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