Being a child is a time of learning, making mistakes, learning some more, and mastery. But sometimes, as parents, we grow impatient with the process.Read more
Psssssssh…You’ve got to be kidding me.
It was noon, the temperature was hovering around triple digits, there was a donkey-stubborn two-year-old in the bike trailer, and my front tire had just been introduced to a goat head thorn . . . about six miles from home. Lucky for me, my wife was 100 miles away (ironically, competing in a bike race) being accompanied by the only neighbor with a vehicle capable of transporting a bike and trailer. At least we have plenty of water. Welp, we did, until Batman decided it would be more refreshing to spill the entire bottle on his shirt rather than slowly sip it to maintain his hydration levels (am I asking too much of a two-year-old?).Read more
Babysitter for Hire: Will Work for Free!
Do you need a babysitter? Well look no further than Stevie McScreenface. I’ll keep those kids placated, entertained, and quiet for hours. Did I mention quiet? Soooo blissfully quiet. Now I’ll just need you to ignore the information regarding a link between time spent staring at me during their formative years, and depression. But just think of all the character I’ll help them build... That is, if they make it through my grueling social media course. Oh, and as a bonus I’ll do my best to stamp things like social etiquette and empathy out of them, because well-adjusted, caring members of society are just the worst, right? Well, I’m available for the position. Ready to hire me?Read more
Teaching your child responsibility is one of the most challenging tasks of parenthood. Like many other traits, it is learned over a long period of time. http://www.upliftfamilies.org/teaching_responsibilityRead more
Have you noticed that when children become teens, they begin to think they are as smart as (or even smarter than) you? They even begin to be offended if you talk down to them or treat them like a child.Read more
Saying the phrase “I’m going to go visit a therapist” is not the first sentence we are used to hearing when we meet someone. In fact, someone who is seeing a therapist may not even tell another person at all throughout the course of the relationship. However, our culture of silencing mental health issues must change in order to solve the crisis that many adolescents face every day: anxiety and depression.Read more
Parents have many concerns for their teens; underage drinking, marijuana, e-cigarettes, opioid misuse, risky sexual behavior or teen pregnancy, Internet safety, depression, suicide, and the list could go on and on. It’s hard to stay informed on all the latest risky behaviors children might find themselves in, so what are parents to do? How can parents prevent their children from becoming involved in risky behavior?Read more
I always knew I had a great dad; I was cognizant of that from an early age. My confidence in that knowledge grew as I got older, and my friends started making comments about it. So, I always knew I had a great dad, but I didn’t understand the science behind what made him so good. All I knew is that he cared about me. And I knew he cared about me because he spent his free time with me, ...all of it. I mean, all of his free time. He was a very busy guy, with many jobs and responsibilities, but every second he wasn’t working he was with me.
At the end of July, we will be making our annual trek to California to visit family and (joy, rapture) Disneyland. You can probably guess how happy one with Asperger’s Syndrome is when dealing with the crowds, loud noises, and sensory overload chaos of the happiest place on Earth. But a parent makes sacrifices when they have a five-year-old Disney Princess-adoring daughter—and then finds a way to turn that sacrifice into an opportunity to teach a valuable lesson.Read more
Viktor Frankl endured one of the most disturbing chapters in our history books. He then rewrote that chapter as one of the most influential books of our time, Man's Search for Meaning.Read more