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Why would a parent let their child fail?

Reading Time: 5 minutesFailure is hard on everyone. Why would a good parent ever let it happen? Because learning to fail is the only way our daughters can learn to succeed. In Raising Strong Girls #2, I shared an article about the 7 biggest parenting mistakes. Mistake...

Here are My Top 5 Influencers of 2019

Reading Time: 3 minutesThis was a great year for me. Especially the last quarter. I finished 2019 by posting 7 unique blog articles since October.  This may not sound like much, but it is monumental for me. I have thought of starting a blog since earning my doctorate...

Life lessons learned from a bicycle crash

Reading Time: 2 minutesOne of the hardest things I have done as a parent is watching my daughter wreck her bicycle. It was hard because I knew it was coming and I intentionally chose not to prevent it.  I knew it was coming. She was going too fast and turning too...

God gave me two girls. WTH??

Reading Time: 2 minutesI love to hunt, fish, and watch college football. My dad had four brothers. I have one brother – no sisters. All but 2 of my closest cousins are boys. My favorite dog was a male. How the hell do I raise two girls? I don’t have all of...

Do Parents Impose Too Many Restrictions On Play?

Reading Time: 4 minutesWhen I was growing up, my bike was my life line. I rode that thing all over town. I would ride to my cousin’s house to play. I would ride to the arcade to meet up with my buddies for the day. The summer after my 7th grade year, three of my...

Work-Based Learning

Reading Time: < 1 minuteThis is not a traditional blog post, but I thought I would share it anyway.  I found this paper when I was going through some files recently. I wrote the article for round two of a job I had applied for. I did not get the job (guess they...

The Power of a Letter

Reading Time: 2 minutesDo you know how powerful one letter is? I’m not talking about a full page love letter. No, I am talking about a single letter of the alphabet. One letter may not seem like much to you, but if you let it, a single letter can make all the...

Be Great Today

Reading Time: 2 minutesYou were designed for accomplishment, engineered for success, and endowed with the seeds of greatness. – Zig Ziglar Have you ever thought or said, “Man, I really hope I am average today!”? Me either.  I just can’t do that. If I am...

How to use an Explorer’s Mindset to Overcome Adversity

Reading Time: 3 minutesAll the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me….You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.  —  Walt Disney This is the third in a 3 part...