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Monday, December 21, 2009

Helping Kids Distinguish Between Needs and Wants

The Luxury Marketing Council of Florida says that luxury spending has seen an annual growth of 20-30%, where general retail spending has seen an increase of 5%. One Encarta Dictionary definition of luxury is "an item that is desirable but not essential, and often expensive or hard to get." Translation: needs are up 5% per year, and wants are up 20-30%!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Help Your Kids Find Christmas Joy

As Christmas rapidly approaches, there's a lot to look forward to. Many of us remember holiday seasons growing up where the anticipation was almost unbearable, and all the food and lights and family traditions added to the sense of wonder.

Monday, December 14, 2009

3 Holiday Tips for Single Dads

The holidays are here. You love your kids, and you want to be with those little rascals. You want to share all the wonderful experiences that the holidays promise, but you're divorced—or you are getting a divorce—and you don't want to share them with your ex. What to do?

Friday, December 11, 2009

Safeguarding Your Teen Driver

Car crashes are the number one cause of death today for teenagers (age 16-20). And several recent studies point to parents as a key factor in safety for teenage drivers.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Scrooge on Marriage

Have you seen the most recent movie version of A Christmas Carol? I’ve seen every form of this movie with its various actors, including Patrick Stewart, Scrooge McDuck, and Bill Murray, but this one is my favorite. Visually it was stunning with the 3-D effects and cartoonish realism; definitely a theater-worthy movie.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Why You’re Critical to Your Child’s Education

In a recent Washington Post article, Patrick Welsh, a high-school English teacher in Virginia, wrote about some disturbing trends he sees in his classroom.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

4 Tips for Holiday Contentment

Now that the holiday season is officially upon us, it's appropriate to step back and gain some perspective. If there's one quality we would all do well to demonstrate during the next five weeks, it would be contentment. As fathers, we can set the tone for our families and help make the holidays truly rewarding and meaningful instead of being hectic and difficult. Will your family demonstrate contentment during the next month?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Raising Confident Communicators

Of all the things that we need to teach our children, communication skills are among the most important. If you think about the various children you interact with – and adults for that matter – don't you think more highly of the ones who look you in the eye and speak to you clearly? Strong communicators are much more confident, and self-confidence is the engine that propels the healthy development of our kids.  It stands to reason that children who have learned to effectively articulate their thoughts and desires will have better odds for happiness and success in their adult lives. Healthy relationships, academic achievement and career advancement are contingent on the ability to communicate well.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Dads and Childproofing

Hollywood celebrity Matthew McConaughey recently made the following comment about his 14-month-old son, Levi: "He’s getting bigger, more fun, smarter and craftier by the day." Toddlers are great at keeping their dads very busy, and their growing craftiness can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a cause for concern because they can disappear very quickly, sometimes into very unsafe environments. Have you had that experience?

Thursday, October 29, 2009

How I Handle Halloween

Let's start with some indisputable facts. Halloween has some nasty roots. The Druids were the original demonic necromancers. Every October 31, on the eve of their new year, the Druids led the ancient Celtics in a rousing tribute to Samhain, the Lord of the Dead. Their form of trick-or-treating literally opened the door to the occult and other hellish, ghoulish and deadly forces.



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