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Blog Purpose

Raising children is a full-time, life-time endeavor, and just because your children leave the nest, your role and influence continue. However, many challenges (generally uninvited ones) appear from time to time.

This blog is designed to informally explore both the joy and possible adversity that accompanies the raising of a family, and by doing so, provides some possible solutions to improving family relationships. It started with the idea of trying to be more self-reflective on my own experiences as an imperfect parent, but I thought others could benefit and share ideas on the topics as well. Although the focus in on parenting, most of the postings apply just as well to any relationship, including siblings and especially those who are dating. Visitors are invited to share their thoughts and opinions on the topic.

Posts are moderated only to filter spam and unrelated/inappropriate content, but all opinions on the topic of this blog are respected and invited.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Celebrating Special Days

One family tradition that our children enjoy is going out to dinner for their birthdays. It is never a quick meal at McDonalds, but often a nice steak or sushi restaurant where they can enjoy a filling meal. My wife and I enjoy these experiences to bond with our children. Nothing more meaningful than to spend time together.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Relishing the moment

From time to time, I notice young parents struggling with the apparent herculean task of keeping their children from harms way or simply not making a mess of things around the house. When I considered myself as a part of that group, I thought that raising teenagers or at least adult children would be somewhat easier.

Well, as things have turned out, life is always a mixed bag of events, challenges, and new life lessons, but you have to be prepared to embrace the good and the somewhat uncomfortable as it comes along. Last night as I was preparing to go out for a late-night job, one of my older children invited me to go for a walk around 10:00 p.m. And while we might feel somewhat inclined to go, I thought it would be a nice way to wind down and just talk about anything, from zombies and school work to Shakespeare and the evening meal.

I really relish these moments because I don't know when, if ever, they might come around again.

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