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Category Archives: Building Relationships

Parenting: Summer Days or Summer “Daze”

I totally remember counting the days until summer holidays began. Didn’t we all? Just 17 days until school’s out! Yahoo! It wasn’t like I didn't enjoy the classroom but those summer days...

eZine #37: The Blending of Two Families

  This month’s topic is “Blending Families!” The Brady bunch made it look easy! But realistically bringing two families with their own histories, expectations and discipline styles and making them into...

Parenting: Part 2—Redefining Boredom

Boredom Creates Opportunities for Us and Our Children In my pursuit to change our response to the word “boredom” in our home, I continually find more benefits of unscheduled time, particularly in...

Parenting: Part 1—Redefining Boredom

Surprising Tools for Raising Successful Children by David McVety I can’t count the number of times that my wife, Melissa, and I have been so caught up in our hectic lives...

Podcast 75: Setting Boundaries in Your Relationships

Unhealthy Attachments: Setting Relational Guardrails Rails are there for your safety – to keep you from going off track. Our world is running wild in relationships and complicating many lives and...

Parenting: What We Taught Our Kids at Christmas

I’m the out-spoken “Merry Christmas” guy in a world where it’s not politically correct. It’s my part of the fight. Though Season’s Greetings or Happy Holidays have all but replaced “Merry...

Podcast 65: Face Time vs Screen Time—Helping Kids Achieve Electronic-Digital Balance

Face Time vs Screen Time: Helping kids with an electronic-digital balance. Great tips to help parents determine healthy rationale for putting guidelines on their children’s use of electronics. Where do you...

Parenting: Why Grandchildren Rock!

Had I known that grandchildren would be so much fun, I would have had them first. This often-quoted humorous expression warmly shows how deep the usual feelings of attraction and affection...

Podcast 60: The Joys of Being “Dad”

We discuss the great gifts of being a father realizing the benefits of parenting well and the impact it has on future generations. It’s a great tribute to Dads beyond Father’s...

eZine #25: Post Christmas Thoughts

Finally Enough Time to Sit and Process  Its important for us to debrief after any event - in order to have a more effective one next time.  Well, Christmas is over and the New Year approaches....

Parenting: Helping Kids Handle Peer Pressure

A Candid Q & A with Dr. Dave & Donalyn Currie “My son is entering Junior High this fall. How can I prepare him to withstand the negative influences that often...

Parenting: FAMILY FOOTPRINTS—The Non-negotiable Steps for Leading Well at Home

I grew up enjoying the childhood activity of ‘follow the leader’. Back in the prairies, it was especially fun to play after a fresh snowfall on our way to and from...

Parenting: 3 Things Parents Should Never Withhold from Their Children

As I look back, I was at times a rather selfish and insecure parent. I was too often tempted, especially in the early years, to parent the children worrying about how...

eZine #22: Summer Vacation

Summer is Already Half Over! Its hard to believe isn't it?  Ours has been incredibly full and a lot of fun too. Our summer has been special and probably quite unique, I’ve been...

eZine #9: Parenting Through the Preschool Years

Parenting the Younger Years  Ages 2 through 5 can be a blast- and a challenge.  Taking the time to reflect on the whats and hows Anyone who has children knows that raising...