093 – What Parents Need to Know about Intentional Parenting

Show Notes In this episode, I share an interview from Justin Gentry interviewing me for a previous podcast he used to have called “The Life Coaching Show.” Justin has since expired that show and currently produces a show called “Leave the Grind Behind.” You can learn more about Justin on his website leavethegrindbehind.net. Justin asks some great questions and we have a conversation that will spark some ideas and thoughts into your mind that will help you on the parenting…

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092 – Good Intentions vs Being Intentional

Show Notes Fun Times with Dad: Lately, I’ve been taking some time in the evenings to fish at the retention pond near our home. Being Intentional In his book, The 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player, John Maxwell says, “To be intentional means working with purpose–making every action count.” To be intentional, you need to follow these five principles: Have a Purpose Worth Living For Know your Strengths and Weaknesses Prioritize your Responsibilities Learn to Say No Commit Yourself…

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091 – One Nation Under God

Show Notes What made this nation? Upon what principles was our country built? These are some of the questions Kirk Cameron had leading to the development of his documentary, “Monumental.” Through this journey, Kirk takes us to England, Holland, Massachusetts, Texas and Washington, D. C to find the answers. Forefathers It started with the Pilgrims coming to America for the glory of God and advancement of the Christian Faith (Mayflower Compact). But long before they came to America, they struggled…

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090 – Mudder’s Day

Show Notes Fun Times with Dad: We had a fun day watching our kids swim at the Swim League Championship Meet. All three of our kids qualified for Finals. In particular, Alex swam three individual races (50 yd Freestyle, 100 yd Freestyle, 100 yd Breaststroke) and got a PR in each race. He won the Breaststroke race for his first individual race win at the Championship Meet. Tough Mudder Alex and I ran the Tough Mudder together on 6/4/17 in…

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089 – The Vanishing American Adult

Show Notes Fun Time with Dad: One of the highlights on our vacation was spending a day at Universal Studios: Islands of Adventure theme park. I shared a few tips in a blog post on how to manage a day at a theme park. The Amazing Spiderman ride was probably my favorite. The kids had great time! The Vanishing American Adult A friend of mine recently sent me an essay by Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Senator, called “How to Raise…

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How to Manage One Day at Universal Studios

We spent a day at Universal Studios: Islands of Adventure on the way home from vacationing in Florida. Orlando was three hours away from where we were staying so we left at 6:00 to try to get there around 9:00 when it opened for the day. We had a successful day but I wanted to share some tips for travelers who may be doing a theme park similar to what we did. 1. Account for Time Waiting to Get into…

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088 – The Parent’s Challenge

Show Notes Fun Times with Dad: I don’t really have a “fun” time that I am sharing in this episode, but rather a story of our leaving one of our children at church on Mother’s Day. It was an accident and there’s a really good explanation! Class of 2017 Our firstborn child graduated from High School this past Saturday (5/13/17). In this episode, I talk about our experience of Alex’s graduation weekend. He will be starting his studies at Purdue…

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087 – Character Traits Your Children Need to Develop

Show Notes Fun Times with Dad: Nolan and I took in a Purdue/Illinois baseball game on a chilly April evening. Purdue ended up winning 4-2 and Nolan never did get a foul ball but we had a great time enjoying some baseball! Bring Them Up In his book, Strengthening Your Marriage, Wayne Mack discusses a key verse found in Ephesians 6:4 – Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of…

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086 – Why Go To a Marriage Conference

Show Notes Fun Times with Dad: We went to a dinner where Alex was presented with the Ronald Reagan Student Leadership Award. It’s a proud moment for a parent when you see your child get recognized. State Senator, Brandt Hershman, presented the award. Both my parents and Heather’s parents were able to attend as well, which made it extra special. Why Go To a Marriage Conference There are many reasons to go to a marriage conference. In this episode, I…

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085 – There is No Perfect Parenting Formula

Show Notes Fun Times with Dad: Emma, Nolan and I went to see one of their friends perform his role as the Scarecrow in his school’s production of the Wizard of Oz. Many “experts” have written books over the years claiming to have the best method of parenting. In his book, Parenting is More Than a Formula, Jim Newheiser explains some of the more popular of these books. While they are well meaning, and helpful to an extent, they all…

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