Are overprotective parents HURTING their children?

boy at adventure park

Last week, my 11-year old son asked if he could use my 18-inch chainsaw to clear dead trees out of our shelterbelt. In the deepest voice he could muster, he stated, “I’ve got that little hatchet you gave me, Dad... but it’s not quite cutting it.” (Not sure if the pun was intended.)One of the reasons we moved to "the farm" (2.39 acres) five years ago was so that our children could have a childhood outdoors, building forts, climbing trees, hunting rabbits, and reading books on blankets in the b … [Read more...]

Bored by too much to do

The girl with notebook

"I'm bored, Mom. Give me something to do!"The woman standing behind me at the checkout line of the hardware store handed her son her smartphone, and said, "Here...play with this."Children seem to be growing up bored today. And not because there is less to do, but because there are too many over-stimulating options. As a father (with a smartphone) of three kids (who all want smartphones), I think a lot about what I’m passing on to my children. A conversation with a friend recently drove t … [Read more...]

Hyper-Hobbied, Pursuit-Driven Men

Man on the Run web

Do you have a work-a-holic or a hyper-hobbied man in your life? Do you want to help him find balance and purpose in life?I've had several people ask me what "Man on the Run" is all about...so here's a short description:We were all made to live lives of passion & pursuit. Yet, many men often chase their pursuits to the point that they break commitments and damage relationships. When this happens wives and children are neglected, friends are pushed aside, and churches and civic … [Read more...]


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