Teens – Is It Better to Get a Job, or be Involved in Healthy After School Activities?

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One of the major conflicts I hear from parents of teenagers is whether to allow their children to experience positive extracurricular activities in school or to make them get a part-time job and go to work. We experienced the same dilemma with our children. We chose to allow our son to be in band, play [Read More...]

How Hunting Teaches Boys Compassion

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Surprisingly, one activity that is very healthy in the emotional development of boys is hunting. Societal wisdom might suggest that killing an animal (hunting) breeds violence and cruelty in males. But research suggests just the opposite is true. Hunting in fact actually develops respect and reverence for life and other universal virtues in males such [Read More...]

4 Tips to Teach Kids Delayed Gratification

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Today, with the challenges to our economy, it is imperative to teach your children the self-discipline of delayed gratification, particularly economic self-discipline. The ability to wait and save money to purchase whatever we want and need using cash—especially in today’s “gotta-have-it-now,” instant gratification world—will bless your children (and their families) for their entire lives. The [Read More...]

Who Do You Need to Thank?

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This weekend marked the 85th Academy Awards, a time of pageantry and accomplishment, and I’m reminded of when Fred Rogers (1928-2003) won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1997 Daytime Emmys. His words shed light on the part of any awards show that’s most often rushed. The thank yous.   There was no soft-spoken sweater [Read More...]

Why Men Need to Teach Boys Perseverance

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Life is difficult. And the things that mean the most in life are the hardest. In fact, anything worth doing is difficult. There’s just no way around it. Unfortunately, quitting is an easily learned habit by young males. We learn early in life to take the easiest route and avoid anything unpleasant. Boys who are [Read More...]

How to Arrive at the Best Ideas Ever

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You’re a brainstorming kind of a guy. I can see that about you.   You’re often in meetings where the boss says, “Okay team, let’s run this up the flagpole and see what we get.”   After that, everyone breaks loose with their ideas. Some strategic. Some idiotic. It typically takes a lot of the [Read More...]

10 Most Disliked Athletes

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Who is your favorite Athlete? Scratch that. Who is your least favorite athlete? Sounds like a funny question, but Forbes actually just released a list they compiled of the 10 athletes least liked by Americans! And Lance Armstrong and Manti Te’o are at the top of the list. Lance lost all respect when he finally [Read More...]

The Power of Fathers

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One way to judge the degree of power or influence that something has is to observe what happens when it is absent.  God has given men, especially fathers, tremendous power to influence the lives of those around them.  In particular the lives of women and children are hugely impacted by what a man does or [Read More...]


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