Archive for 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Merry Christmas! Not long ago, during an informal gathering of our staff, I asked, "Growing up, what was important to you about Christmas?" Just about everyone talked about what they did with their family, that time together.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Looking back on 2010, I didn't laugh quite enough with my kids. How about you?
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Several years ago in December, we posed the question, What if this were your last Christmas? The goal of the exercise was to think about what we might do differently during the Christmas season if we knew this was our last one. It's a sober thought, but one worth considering. You can read that article here.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Author Elizabeth Marquardt recently wrote about the importance of marriage for children, based on extensive research. Specifically, she addressed the questions, "Should parents stay married for the children?" And, "Is a 'good enough' marriage good for kids?" Her answer might be eye-opening or even controversial to some: In many cases, "yes."
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Happy Thanksgiving! This week we celebrate a holiday that should carry a lot of meaning for us and for our children. If we could learn to be thankful, it would change our perspective on what we have, what we don't have, and how we should respond to those around us. A worthy goal is to live out Thanksgiving all the time, not just in late November.
Friday, November 19, 2010
November 20 is a holiday that gets too little attention: National Adoption Day. This is its 11th annual celebration. According to an official statement from the White House, this is an effort to "lift up adoption as a positive and powerful force in the lives of millions of Americans and children around the globe.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Do your children know your philosophy on life? Do they know what your core values are, and where you stand on important topics that impact their lives? Have you ever thought about putting it in writing?
Monday, November 8, 2010
This story might be difficult to hear, and for committed, loving fathers, it's unimaginable. But we're confident that some dads need to hear it:
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Some recent research studies have found biological changes in new fathers — even at the hormonal and brain cell level.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
With the last name of Smith, my wife and I hoped to set our boys apart by giving them first names found off the beaten path. We started out alright with Isaac and Noah. In 1993 when Joshua came along, we had no idea it was destined to be one of the most popular names of the entire decade. We gave Gideon a name so seldom used he can't find a personalized bike plate anywhere!