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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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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What a Little Coaching Will Do

While on a vacation to Gull Lake Ministries I was sitting by the archery range watching a father and son shoot arrows. as the young boy was struggling to hit the target, his dad gave him some pointers and the boy, taking his father’s advice, began hitting the target. His dad then commented, “you see what a little coaching will do for you?” We all need others in our life who are older and wiser and can help point us…

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Community Events with the Family

Community events are a great way to spend time with your family. One of the annual events our family likes to participate in is a 5K run/walk called the Chloe K 5K. My friend Jeff and his wife Susie organize this event. In the 10 years they have been at it, they have raised over $130K for autism research.

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062 – It’s the Little Things that Matter with Kent Julian

Show Notes In this episode, I have the pleasure of talking with speaker, author and entrepreneur, Kent Julian. I met Kent a few years ago at a youth conference and have since attended his Speak It Forward Boot Camp twice. E+R=O Kent often speaks about this formula that he picked up from Jack Canfield. This formula is Events (E) plus our Response (R) equals the Outcome (O). The only thing we can control is our response. Our attitude is key…

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Tea Time with the Children

If there’s one issue I harp on with Intentional Parenting, it is spending time with your kids. With the vast amount of influence you have on your children, the number one way to impact them is giving them your time. As Downton Abbey closed its final season, they ran a special about the show and how an English household of that stature was run in the early 1900s. In it, they shared the way that children were raised in English…

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051 – The Mary Poppins Effect

Show Notes Fun Times with Dad: Taking Alex to meet with Indiana congressman, Todd Rokita. Mary Poppins Musical After again witnessing the musical production of Mary Poppins, I was struck by how much the show is about George Banks learning to become an intentional parent. His son, Michael, just wants to fly a kite with him but he’s too busy being busy and involved in his banking career. But Mr. Banks is not just a bad father, he’s also a…

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042 – The Talk

Show Notes Fun Times with Dad: Watching the NL Wild Card game, Cubs vs. Pirates, with my dad-in-law How to Have “The Talk” Use the Passport 2 Purity kit – a 2-day adventure with your child in a one-on-one setting Colossians 1:18 – And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. What is covered: 1. Making Wise Choices 2. Peer Pressure 3.…

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030 – One Dad, Four Boys and Eight Crazy Days

Show Notes Bart Rinkenberger is simply trying, as many of us are, to be an intentional parent. Bart recently took his four boys on a backpacking trip to Colorado. In this episode I talked to Bart about this experience. He tells us what he did to prepare for the trip, provides some great stories about the trip and shares insights for how you can also do a similar trip with your kids. 1. Be Prepared Do your homework before setting…

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024 – The Priority of Parenting

Show Notes Fun Times with Dad: Annual Father’s Day Baseball Game I always made parenting a priority. I remember hearing the horror stories of men who would become a slave to their jobs and careers and have no relationship with their kids. They work long hours to “provide” for their family but fail to provide the one thing they really need…a father’s love. Now the days of David drew near that he should die, and he charged Solomon his son,…

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