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Parenting Through Adversity

Tough Decisions NOT Desired

Tough Decisions NOT Desired

Follow Noah’s Journey Here. Last week in the midst of our stay in the PICU, Stephanie and I had many tough conversations. Discussions involving the short-term and long-term decisions that will help Noah and our family. With the first battle of RSV and pneumonia coming to a close, we are now stepping into the next battle. The Preparation For Open-Heart Surgery When Fayth went in for open-heart surgery to repair her AV Canal or AVSD 5 years ago, we had to make sure she didn’t get sick. She became a “bubble baby.” Many from Arizona remember that time for us. ... Read More »

Words Cannot Define Everything That Has Transpired

Words Cannot Define Everything That Has Transpired

You can read of Noah’s Journey here. People want updates. People want to know how sweet little baby Noah is doing. People want to know if it was a good day or bad day. People want to know if he has improved or gotten worse. I wish it was that easy to define. Attempting To Put Words To Health When we try to explain what is happening to Noah, we even get confused. Stephanie is a Registered Nurse and the hospital is not foreign territory to her. Medical conditions, drugs, terminology, and lingo is piece of cake for Steph. Shoot, ... Read More »

Why Is This Happening?

Why Is This Happening?

“God, can I just ask why?” We know we aren’t the only family who has experienced hardship or challenges. We know we aren’t alone. We know many others have had it worse. But the WHY is still there. Should I sugar coat it or cover up our emotions? Should I sit here and act like we got it all together? For now, NOPE. Do I feel like our life is in shambles? No. However, I have enough flesh that wants to know the reason why. Why is this happening to us? Why do we have 2 children who will have ... Read More »

How I Stunted My Son’s Growth

How I Stunted My Son’s Growth

BLOG OVERVIEW: Parents are stunting their kids from growth by their rescue. Hear how I stunted my son’s growth by rescuing him from a mess. I sat down next to Stephen for dinner. Stephanie was preoccupied getting ready for work, leaving me to fly solo in helping our kids eat. Stephen was a mess. At the time, Stephen was still struggling with how to control his fork. (okay, he still hasn’t mastered it) He would take one bite and only have the bite ended up in his mouth. One bite after the other led to more food on the ground, ... Read More »

14 Ways For Kids To Understand Failure Correctly

14 Ways For Kids To Understand Failure Correctly

BLOG OVERVIEW: Kids are learning about failure, but what are they learning. Kids need to understand failure correctly and the teaching must come from the parents. The dueling princes battled on the ground as their floating castle disappeared into the sky. This is the backdrop of Disney’s movie Up. Are you missing something? You saw the movie right? Confused yet? Ed Catmull, the co-founder of Pixar and Disney Animations, wrote how Pixar creates movies in his book Creativity, Inc. Catmull’s book was reviewed at The Secret To Pixar’s Success: Failure on Buzzfeed published in April of 2014. Catmull reveals Pixar’s ... Read More »

Why Walking On Water Is A Good Option

Why Walking On Water Is A Good Option

BLOG OVERVIEW: We get lost in the storm of adversities, fitting to keep our head of the water. Learn why we should rise above the storm through Jesus. The excitement for kindergarten was overwhelming. New school, new teacher, new clothes, new shoes, and new milestone. What is there not to be excited about? REALITY!! For 3–4 hours, our house remained Faythless. I still wonder what Stephen, our second child, was thinking. Where did his friend go? What was he to do without his big sister? I remained at home working while Stephanie and Stephen ran over to the school to ... Read More »

21 Reasons Why Teenagers Won’t Listen To You

21 Reasons Why Teenagers Won’t Listen To You

BLOG OVERVIEW: Teenagers have a difficult time listening, but why? This post covers 21 possible reasons why your teenager won’t listen to you. No, you don’t need to take your son to the doctor to test his hearing. I know you have thought about it. It seems as though everything that comes out of your mouth falls on deaf ears. When you talk on the phone to him, NOTHING! Aside from the occasional, “a huh, yeah, ok, alright,” there is complete silence. You try to have an adult conversation because you want to respect him, but it seems to never ... Read More »

How Entitlement In Kids Will Blind-Side Parents

How Entitlement In Kids Will Blind-Side Parents

Blog Overview: Parenting to all of our kids wants and desires will leave us blind-sided by entitlement. WARNING: This post could blind-side you. Leave a comment below and share this message for other parents to hear. I Never Realized I Was Teaching Our Kids Entitlement Kids in today’s society are more inclined to possess entitlement. Most parents would admittedly agree and think they would never assist in raising an entitled child. But reality likes to blind-side us. This was true for one of our neighbors. After reading the recent post about permissive parenting in kids sports, they shared how just ... Read More »

Permissive Parenting In Kids Sports Leads To Entitlement

Permissive Parenting In Kids Sports Leads To Entitlement

BLOG OVERVIEW. Permissive parenting in kids sports is teaching kids entitlement. More kids today are expecting everything handed to them on a platter. Parenting in sports plays a large role. Are we unknowingly training kids for entitlement? Jesus has some insight to this. Football Parents Just Wanting The Best For Their Kids After coaching youth football for the past 4 years, I became the new coaching director of a youth football league. There are over 600 kids involved, meaning nearly, 600 marital relationships, 600 family structures, and 1200 parents. There are enough parenting styles in the league to last a ... Read More »