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An Important Life Lesson My Bike Taught Me

My bike crash happened in slow motion. As I went down, I had an extensive internal chat: “Argh, those people I wanted to pass were so slow!” “Why can’t I get my feet out of these clips?” “I hate having my feet clipped in!” “Dang it, I’m going to crash. I could...

Jude Keeps the Church Offering

Jude (6) confessed to keeping part of his offering out of the offering basket at church.  Dad was initially mad. But then he decided to make this a learning opportunity and help his son develop conscience rather than create a pattern where he simply feared...

Standing Up to Teen Defiance

Siblings and rivalry go hand-in-hand so it’s no surprise that 14 year-old Preston taunts and pesters his younger brother, Kyle. Recently, Preston refused to stop pestering his brother and was provoking him by throwing things, hassling him and doing anything he could...

Discipline that Makes Cents

Tax Unwanted Behavior At a parent coaching session recently,  a single dad talked about a real world solution to his parenting dilemma. He charged a tax to his children when they displayed unwanted behavior and paid them a bonus when they displayed positive...

Empty Threats Make Weak Parents

A father had no less than a gaggle of children in the grocery store… Granted it was a Saturday, granted they were in the toy isle, and granted he was alone. I watched him try to corral all of his kids for about five solid minutes – he would get two listening and...