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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

5 Father’s Day Gifts for Your Children

I’m 64. I’ve got grown kids and nearly grown grandkids. And if I could, I would change some things. I’d give my kids more important Father’s Day gifts, because it is always more fulfilling to give than to receive, and I would have given more. Especially on Father’s Day. I’d make it memorable if I had to do it over again. I’d concentrate on five gifts.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Lasting Impressions: A Father’s Model

Occasionally we catch glimpses of our children imitating our behavior. It can be very cute, or it can be a staggering, frightening experience. A toddler tries to do push-ups on the living room floor, just like his dad. He grabs his plastic razor and strains to see the mirror as his dad is shaving. Then, they are in the car together, caught in a traffic jam, and the boy shouts, “Move it, people!”—or something worse.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

One on One with Your Child

James is a busy man with many professional and community responsibilities—and he’s a devoted father. Several years ago, James’ son Darren developed a burning passion for the game of basketball—and he had some skills.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Modeling: At the Pizza Buffet

When it comes to modeling character, the little things add up.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Aware of Differences

Dad, you know this already, but your children are all different. The question is, What does that mean to you?

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Awareness: Head on a Swivel

When I played football in college, I was a skinny wide receiver. So I don’t have many “big hits” to brag about. But there is one I remember.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Recommit to Your Marriage Vows

Men, are you taking your wife for granted? Let me take care of that nonsense right now. I have buddies whose brides died of cancer. A while back I received a call from my friend Billy about his wife, whom he has loved since they met back in college. He said, “Carey, she’s sick. She’s really in trouble.” And he broke down and cried.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

All Children Need Affirmation

Not long ago, I was backing the car out of the driveway, probably heading out to cross something off the honey-do list. My second daughter, Aaliyah, was sitting on the curb with one of her friends. So, I put the window down and kind of yelled out, “Okay, Aaliyah, love you baby.” It was nothing that unusual.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Show Your Love: 10-Second Hugs

How do you hug your kids? And how long?

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Will you be my daddy?

Dad, there’s a kid who has a question for you. Just ask Jim.

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