It can be disheartening to think the lyrics from the old Sunday school song, “Oh, be careful little ears what you hear” might be applied to my words as a father. Yet, when my kids eagerly invite me to an activity in their world, I may hasten a ‘yes’ out of my eagerness to delight them, only later to find it difficult to comply.
[tweetmeme source= ‘dadpad’ only_single=false] It’s the rainy season. It may look warm and dry where you are, but take a closer look at the faces of parents with college-aged children and you’ll see what I mean. Tears by the bucketful are being shed as parents all across the country entrust their students to less hospitable […]
As a father of four, I’m feeling the shortness of days that are left while my children are at home. It won’t be long before Anna and I are on our own again. My oldest is already launched and her three younger brothers are not far behind. I’m feeling a healthy pressure to make the […]
Black Friday. Today millions of shoppers hit the stores, hoping to snag a one-of-a-kind deal for Christmas. Some have stood in lines formed overnight anticipating the 4 a.m. store openings. Yet, you can’t rouse that kind of motivation to get up early. Perhaps for a 10-point buck or a walleye, but not for crowded shopping […]
The allure of a beauty. It’s driven men since Adam. And it’s driven women, too. In Esther’s time, a girl would undergo twelve months of beauty treatment before being presented to the king (Esther 2:12). That’s a lot of investment. Today, the model of beauty can be achieved in minutes. Except, it isn’t real. A […]
Terra Firma Man is afraid of heights. I don’t know what trauma gave birth to my acrophobia. But Terra Firma Man met his match last week.
One of the greatest challenges our children face is their own self-diminishment.
My beloved children, in your early years David Letterman, a comedian, made famous his Top 10 List direct from the Late Night Home Office in Omaha. Well, here’s your Dad’s Top 10 List direct from the home office in Eagan that you can pull out after I’m long gone.
Like many men from his generation, my father was taught to be strong by being the silent type. We lived in the same home, though physical proximity is not the same as intimacy. Why is it that we often don’t know the questions to ask when the opportunity is best?
Imagine a guy carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. Family, work and the unexpected turbulence of life call for repeated sacrifices of time, energy, finances and passion. Dreams of youth, embraced with the vigor of certainty, over the years gently give way to a hopeful longing. Until, with the passing of his […]