Teaching My Son The Value of Relationships in The Digital Age

Teaching My Son The Value of Relationships in The Digital Age

Recently, I took a quick trip to my hometown of San Diego, CA, for some much needed rest and relaxation. If you’ve been following along at this year; even just at a minimal level, you’ve probably noticed this year has been pretty tough for me. That’s why this trip was so important; I needed to recharge. I needed to see friends and loved one face to face, or IRL (in real life) as we tend to say on social media.

While there, I had a couple of opportunities to video chat with my two monsters, and since I was staying with their uncles, they got a chance to see them too. While chatting with my son, he expressed his sadness over me being so far away, and told me about some issues at school, and how excited he was his grandmother was visiting to help out his mom while I was gone.

It was a normal conversation for me, but as soon as I hung up both my brothers expressed amazement, as well joy that my son expressed his feelings so easily, and clearly. I sometimes forget how amazing my son is when it comes to expressing his feelings; it’s something I admire in him, and dread for the future holds for him.

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Say Goodbye to Lice and Nits with These 4 Simple Tools

Say Goodbye to Lice and Nits with These 4 Simple Tools

Did your child come home from school with the lice letter? Don’t worry. We’ll get you through this! In fact, eliminating a lice infestation is a lot less dramatic than you probably think. Why? Because all you need to do to rid your child’s head of lice and nits (lice eggs) is to physically remove them with the wet combing method.

When you visit the lice removal aisle at the store, you’ll see many products that claim to kill lice. And they do! But they don’t kill nits, and that’s why they don’t work. Nits are lice eggs and as long as they remain on the head, they will continue to hatch and produce more lice. That’s why physically removing the nits from the head with the wet combing method is the only way to eliminate a lice infestation!

Here’s what you need to say goodbye to lice and nits once-and-for-all:

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Spicing Up Your Fishing Hobby

Spicing Up Your Fishing Hobby

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Most of those who fish as a hobby know just how relaxing it can be. Sitting there on the golden banks of a beautiful riverbed, watching the sun and clouds trail across the sky, getting to breathe pure fresh air and sitting in silence can be as freeing a feeling as you might ever feel. In fact, fishing is such a great hobby that you needn’t actually catch anything for a day spent practicing it to still feel worthwhile and healthy. Perhaps catching and throwing back your haul is something that you’re happy to do, or a lucky catch can lead to a great mealtime for your family, if properly preserved.

But if you feel as though your fishing interest is getting a little repetitive, you needn’t consign yourself to this routine. It’s possible to explore new routes of fishing, or to add little additions that make all the difference in the long term.This can be achieved in a range of formats, so let us explore what those might be:

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3 Easy Ways to Get The Most Out of Quality Time With My Kids

3 Easy Ways to Get The Most Out of Quality Time With My Kids

Being a Dad in the modern world is one of the most rewarding things I’ve done. And since becoming a single parent, it’s become even more important to make the most of the time I spend with my kids. This means, I have had to seriously step up my planning game, as well as my level of being engaged. I dare say, getting divorced has actually helped me become a better father.

Bonding with your children is one of the most important things you can do, and it is so rewarding when it comes to developing the bond through shared interests, and fun activities. This is why parents need to make sure they do as much as they can to come up with great bonding ideas for spending time with their kids.

Look, I get it; hanging out with your kids isn’t always tops on your list of, “Fun Ideas for the Weekend.” And, I get there are days you just don’t have it to deal with them, but when I say, “Do as much as possible;” I’m honestly saying to just take a few minutes to cater your time together more towards them. It will make hanging out with your kids; at the very least…bearable.

Here are three ideas I have used to improve my bonding time with my kids, and make sure the times I’m with them are a bit less whining about being bored, and a little more enjoyable.

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Who Lifts You Up?

Who Lifts You Up?

“Love Many; trust few, and always paddle your own canoe.” ~ Unknown

The last year and a half has been; in a word, difficult. I’ve spent more time feeling down than feeling up. I’ve found myself in countless situations that I would have never imagined, on my worst day, that I put myself in.

I’ve invested in the wrong people, and invested little to none in myself. I’ve allowed people to take advantage of me; abuse me (literally and figuratively), and as a result of that, I’ve never felt more alone than I have over the past 18 months.

But that’s on me too. I feel alone, because I have been alone…by my own design. I pushed away those who I knew I could count on for support. Or quietly suffered; never telling them the truth about what was happening, because I didn’t want to admit I was allowing the wrong people in my life. I didn’t want to feel like I failed again.

But most of all, I didn’t want to hear, “What would your children think?”, as I had already many times before. It turns out, that’s exactly what I needed to hear.

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#TalkEarly and Often About Leadership; Your Kids Might Be Listening

#TalkEarly and Often About Leadership; Your Kids Might Be Listening

I am a #TalkEarly ambassador for Responsibility.org. I have received compensation for my work, but all opinions are my own

As parents, we one of our favorite go-to lines about our kids is – they never listen. We say it because it’s totally true.

If I had a nickle for every time I asked my 7yo, “Hey, did you hear what I just said?” I’d at least be able to buy a megaphone so he would really hear me.

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Surprising Your Kids While Not Breaking the Bank

Surprising Your Kids While Not Breaking the Bank

I can remember as kid, going to the store, was the highlight of the week – especially if it was a trip to a store like Target, or any other number of big box stores.

Oh, and don’t even get me started if it turned out to be a trip to the mall…I could barely contain myself. Why, you might be wondering; why would any kid ENJOY shopping…TOYS, duh!

And I wanted them all!

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Looking After Your Family; Both In The Present And The Future

Looking After Your Family; Both In The Present And The Future

Looking after your family in the present day is one thing, but ensuring their future wellbeing is something else entirely. Obviously, you can’t predict or guarantee anything about the future, but you can give yourself safety nets to ensure that you and your loved ones are prepared for all possible eventualities. Still, where on earth do you get started? Well, in this article, we’re going to look at some smart ways to look after your family both in the present and the future with regards to finances and health.

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Hidden Gems Even Marie Kondo Shouldn’t Make You Throw Out Of Kids Bedrooms

Hidden Gems Even Marie Kondo Shouldn’t Make You Throw Out Of Kids Bedrooms

As any parent can tell you – walking into your child’s bedroom, is usually the last thing you ever want to do. To venture into your child’s room, is to put your own life at risk. Think of it like walking into Chernobyl, without a hazmat suit. In fact, if you have kids, you should own a hazmat suit…and boots, with extra padding; one never knows where the next minefield of arch-destroying legos will pop up.

To put it simply – kids are disgusting. And forget about them EVER cleaning up, or ever throwing away a toy; no matter how broken and never-played-with it may be. It’s just not a thing in there world. Parents, since the beginning of time, have been resigned to wait, until their spawn leave the home. Then…take a blowtorch and a bag of lye to their children’s former dwelling. That is, until recently.

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How To Appeal to Your Child’s Interests

How To Appeal to Your Child’s Interests

As a parent, you will become a living example of the saying wearing too many hats. Parents have a range of different roles; chauffeur, cook, prison warden, doctor, and none of them are every appreciated by your children.

Yes, I said doctor, and not nurse, because let’s be real, nurses do all the real work. Where my nurses at?!? HOLLA…(wink wink)…fist pound.

Sometimes, it’s hard to know which role to focus on at which time; especially when thy’re less defined than the service-oriented ones above.

Some elements of parenting will come naturally to some, and others will take much more work. I mean, not everyone can be perfect at everything like me. Maybe you’re the fun parent, or the creative one. or you’re the handy kind of parent that can teach your kid a skill.

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