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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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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Kid Connection Tip: The Good Side of Texting

“I refuse to text with my kids.” If I had a nickel every time I’ve heard that comment. And I get it. At least I get it up a point. There are plenty of negatives associated with kids and texting: It’s distracting. They get lost in it. And it’s way too easy for them to tune us parents out; It’s dangerous…

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Kid Connection Tip: Play!

  You can discover more about a person in an hour of play, than in a year of conversation. – Plato I couldn’t agree more with Plato. Play is the golden ticket for connection – and fun – between parents and kids. It sounds so simple, doesn’t it? But what I’ve learned is it’s tougher to execute the older children get.…

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What’s Your Family Crest Say to the World?

Family crests date back to the Middle Ages in Europe – and were part of a custom which helped introduce knights at competitions and help spectators distinguish each knight by the design adorning his shield. A family “trademark” of sorts, these crests were passed down by men to their firstborn male offspring as part of an honored custom in families for…

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