Are Smartphones Good or Evil?

Reading Time: 2 minutesEvery parent of a teen or pre-teen girl has endured the very real struggle over a smartphone. On one hand, they are a revolutionary technological advancement for society. On the other hand, they are an open door to every bad thing that exists in...

How to help your daughter always try her hardest.

Reading Time: 3 minutesAbove all else, try your hardest! For as long as I can remember, this has been one of our family rules. Of all the lessons I have learned in my life, I believe the ability to try your hardest is one of the clearest predictors of future success....

Smartest Kids in the World: and How they Got that Way

Reading Time: 4 minutesAs an educator, I enjoy learning about education systems in other countries in an effort to help my school get better.  As a father, I try to apply many of these same strategies to parenthood.   The Smartest Kids in the World: and How they Got...

Winning is Easy!

Reading Time: 2 minutesWinning is important. Most of the time it is the goal, but winning is easy.  Losing is hard. No coach or player has ever said after a win,”man than was tough. I just feel horrible after that win. I’m not sure what happened or what to...

5 Ways to Help your Daughter Develop a Growth Mindset

Reading Time: 6 minutesPeople with a growth mindset look forward to difficult and challenging opportunities. They know hard work and trying new strategies when facing struggles are the keys to succeeding. The goal of this article is to help us foster a growth mindset...

Keep your Perspective on Failure Realistic

Reading Time: 7 minutesWhat do you do when your daughter fails? How frustrated do you get at her struggles and missteps? Do you stay calm and focus on the lesson to be learned or do you blow a gasket? The answer to these questions is found in another question: What is...

Thank you Kobe. Now being a #girldad is cool!

Reading Time: 3 minutesI had no plans to write about Kobe Bryant this week. I don’t follow the NBA much any more. He is not my favorite player. Even though we are almost the same age, I really didn’t know much about Kobe outside of basketball. As I randomly checked in...

How to Fail Successfully – Part 1

Reading Time: 6 minutesI didn’t mean for it to go this way, but this has turned into a mini series on failing successfully. Two weeks ago I addressed why letting our kids fail is important. Simon Sinek is one of my favorite thinkers and his book, Start with Why, is an...

What does ‘failing successfully’ mean?

Reading Time: 4 minutesFailing is natural, failing successfully is not. After reading that sentence, you are probably thinking, “is failing successfully even a thing?” I think that is a valid question. Taken in isolation, fail and successful have opposite meanings....