The Journey

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Parents

If I were asked to list what I would consider the seven habits of highly successful parents, what would they be? Here are the habits that I think are essential to raising a quality young man or young woman.

The Dash

As we close out 2014, I want you to think about something. If you could choose how to spend the rest of your life on this earth, how would you spend it?

Blind Guides

There are many words to describe the role of a parent: trainer, leader, etc. But when you stop and think about it, our job—no, our privilege—as parents can be summed up into one single word: guide. We are guides for our sons and daughters.

Responsibility and Priority

You and I have little control over the things going on in our nation. We have even less say in the world issues that our nation faces. Now let me ask you a question: What do you have control over?

What Experience Teaches Us

What are you passing on to your children? And what do you really want to pass on to your children? If there is anything in your answer to the first question that you are not pleased with, then you have a decision to make.

What Do You Want to T.E.L.L. Your Children?

Every day, I meet parents who are frantically searching for that magic formula that will be a guideline they could follow to successfully prepare their children for the future.

You Were Chosen

Over the past 40 years, I have learned many things about raising children. One of the most significant truths is this: The safety and security that a child feels when they know beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are loved no matter what is priceless.

Raising Girls

What image do you want to put into the heart and mind of your baby girl or your teenager who is well on her way into adult life? How do we “grow” our daughters into the women they are intended to be?

A Reason to Celebrate

Recently, one of our housemoms was talking with one of her “new” sons about his upcoming 11th birthday. She was sharing with him all of the plans she had made for this celebration of his birth. She asked him, “What would you like for your birthday? Is there anything you really would like?”

The Strength to Overcome

Every person I have ever met has, at one time or another, felt like a particular person did not do them right, and they felt they were betrayed in a significant way. As you are reading this, perhaps you are thinking about that time in your life, or perhaps it wasn’t just one time, but it happened over and over.

Take One For the Team

What if you decided that for Spring Break you were just going to jump in the car and start driving with no destination in mind? No clothes packed. No reservations made. No activities planned. Just fly by the seat of your pants. What kind of vacation do you think your family would end up having?