5 Surprising Things about Teenagers

These things might change the way you act as a parent.

There are some surprising things about teenagers. Teens have a lot going on inside that they – Haven’t identified Are afraid to say Don’t know how to tell you These things can remain inside, alone and unattended. And, they often are the driving motivators behind some of their decisions and actions. What if parents knew […]


4 Ways to Help Your Kids’ Dad to Be a Better Dad

Do you help your kids’ dad to be a better dad? Or do you unintentionally (or intentionally???) leave him out of the equation? Lots of research shows how vitally important a father’s role is in the life of children. Kids with strong, engaged fathers are helped socially, emotionally, academically, physically and more. By helping your […]


Teach Your Son Guidelines for Approaching Girls

This is a much-needed skill in a man’s life

Parents need to give their sons guidelines for approaching girls. I have heard stories from women and girls about how badly this can go wrong. If the stories are even partially true, many men and boys badly need to be coached about this. A woman once told of her experience in being approached by a […]


How to Have More Meaningful Holiday Conversations

Improve the Time Together with Thoughtful Questions

Having meaningful holiday conversations can be one of the more stressful things about holiday gatherings. Whether the event is an office party, a neighborhood celebration, or a family meal, for many, the crucial question is, “What do we talk about?” Years ago, I made a commitment to myself that I would be a person who […]


6 Things That Might Surprise You About the Right Kind of Man

Good Men Really Don’t Fit Into Masculine Stereotypes

There are some things that might surprise you about the right kind of man, and what they are really like. We live in a world where it seems that people feel the need to categorize others into well-established mental “boxes.” But the truth is that the men you know don’t always fit into the “Man […]


7 Things Successful Parents Do

It’s good occasionally to re-think about our parental roles

Studying the actions of successful parents is very badly needed, while at the same time, often ignored and taken for granted. Some people are confident that they will be good parents if they simply “do what comes naturally.” Others fear that their best will never be good enough. It’s my view that being a father […]


Things to Consider When Postponing Having Children

No matter what age you have a child, there are advantages and disadvantages

Many women today are postponing having children until later in life. They are either ignoring the ticking of their “Biological Clocks,” or they are counting on medical technology to “solve” the issue and associated problems for them. According to doctors and researchers, there isn’t one “right” time to start a family. No matter what age […]


4 Ways Men Don’t Need Another “Mom”

It’s un-sexy, unattractive, and unhealthy.

There are few things more destructive to a marriage than for one partner to treat the other partner like a child. It’s un-sexy, unattractive, and unhealthy. Men need partners in life, not another “mom.” Everyone loses if the relationship deteriorates into more of a “mom/son” situation. With the woman trying to keep track of everything […]


5 Things NOT to Post About Kids Online

I’m amazed at the things I've seen parents and grandparents post.

Let’s face it. Some people post unwise and inappropriate things about kids online. Sometimes, it’s about their own kids. Sometimes, it’s about other people’s kids. Sometimes I worry about kids being reared by parents who have such little regard for how wide open and even dangerous a place the Internet can be. Even when “stranger […]


7 Womanly Traits That Are Better Than Beauty

Physical beauty fades, but these traits will endure for life

When I was a middle-aged teenager, my 2 primary considerations in who to ask out on a date were: 1) How pretty and well built was she? 2) How jealous would my buddies be if they saw me with her? Pretty pathetic, right? (Yes, it truly was.) After leaving high school, I started noticing a […]