Turning Points

I have been thinking recently about events in my past that were turning points; experiences where I set a new direction for my life. How did I come to those decisions? How can I help my children make good decisions? Teaching children correct principles and morals I decided early on as a father that I […]

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Master Your Influence

Personal Development

Mastering your influence starts with mastering yourself. This class review talks about the tools learned over three days at Master Your Influence from 3 Key Elements.

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Trust But Verify

Sometimes you think you are doing something great, then it turns out you didn’t have all the information…

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School’s In

special needs education

I have a love-hate relationship with school. On the one hand, the children get to learn and a routine is established. On the other hand, there is the constant chase. You know, the “time to get up,” “are you ready yet,” “what did you learn today,” “did you get your homework done,” and  “time for […]

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Levi’s Summer Camp

Every year since he turned 12, Levi has had the chance to go to Scout Camp in the Summer. The first time he went he lasted 3 days. The past few summers he hasn’t gone at all. So you can imagine my trepidation as we headed out this year to camp. Add on to this […]

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The Unexpected Mushroom

I was walking our dog, Seamus, this morning and saw this growing in the grass: I started thinking about how that mushroom came to grow there. I’m pretty sure the company that maintains the grass had no plans for a mushroom. In fact, if the conditions hadn’t been just right that mushroom wouldn’t have grown […]

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Fear

Fear Gracefull-Parenting Autism Special-Needs

A few years ago I went through a season of fear. Fear can be overwhelming; it can take control of your life. It can occupy your every thought. My fear was for Levi who was not doing well. He wasn’t progressing. He made choices that isolated himself. He manipulated Cheryl and I. In fact, he […]

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Getting My Ears Lowered

parenting selfcare

“Where are you going Dad?” asks Grace. “To get my ears lowered” I answer. Of course this gets a confused look from Grace every time. It’s my way to say that I’m going to get my hair cut. Why is this important to me? Well… let’s take a look at a typical day for me: […]

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Using Journals For Better Parenting

Journaling to be a better parent

I’ve talked about My AM Routine and My PM Routine that I have used over the past year to help me with my thoughts and staying positive. I want to discuss one more tool I’ve used that has helped me stay positive as a parent and not let the craziness bring me down. I have two journals that […]

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4 and 1

When you have special needs children it can be easy to focus on those children and lose sight of everything else. A few years ago I lost that focus and it was necessary that Cheryl and I worked together to get in sync. As Cheryl has mentioned in Helping Special Needs Children During Church we had issues […]

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