Participation-Award Syndrome and the Consequences of Entitlement

He got a trophy for showing up… is this the message we want to send to our kids? My son had great T-Ball coaches and I credit them for being patient and committed. They provided solid tips and even one of their parents (a grandfather) got involved in coaching the team. The three of them... Continue Reading →

The Case of the First Wiggly-Tooth Meltdown: A Suggestion

Perhaps it was a vegetable that spurred the first wiggle. It could have been a piece of pepperoni from the pizza. There was a disturbance in the force, but it truly went off the rails when blood trickled down the side of my son’s lip. That’s not tomato sauce, I thought. Perhaps I missed something... Continue Reading →

When the Opportunity Arises, Shift Blame to a ‘Circumstance’

Published today on The Good Men Project, I invite fans of The Father Apprentice to check out the article I penned for them. It is titled: Pro Tip: When the Opportunity Arises, Shift Blame to a ‘Circumstance’ If you find the provided advice to be helpful, I'll hope you'll give it a like and share... Continue Reading →

Molding (Not Scolding) and Clay Figurines

https://youtu.be/tT-zkXeM7Cg Another outstanding project, compliments of Kiwi Crate. I have to hand it to this crafts company - every project is more unique than the next. The beauty of this one: it comes with the dry clay you can mold into the shape of figurines. Then, you use a disk shooter is used to try... Continue Reading →

The Best Show for Kids You’ve Never Heard Of

Who doesn’t love nerf guns? Who doesn’t love YouTube? Put them together, add two young kids as the stars, and you know what you have? A great show to watch with your son or daughter. I’m talking about Extreme Toys, a channel on YouTube that started back in 2015. Two brothers represent the main actors... Continue Reading →

The Dividends of a Fun Kid Project: Scotch!

A crafts project, and a killer scotch. There’s one purpose behind this post – to provide an idea for a fun project to do with your kid(s). But then, I’ll be honest, there’s another one. Let’s get the kid stuff out of the way. You can literally make anything out of product packaging. Case in... Continue Reading →

Outstanding Projects and Quality Time with Kids: Kiwi Crate

Here’s a unique concept – endorsing a product from a company without being compensated to do so. Kiwi Crate is a monthly subscription service that provides STEM-related projects. My wife signed my son up for these and I’ve been doing them with him for nearly two years. It’s a fantastic way to introduce your child... Continue Reading →

The Epic Cardboard Castle

Why you may ask, did we have so many large cardboard boxes around our house? Well, don’t. Let’s just say the contents which were delivered in those boxes were the equivalent of two new bathrooms. Writing the last three words in the paragraph above makes both my heart and wallet quiver. In light of these... Continue Reading →

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