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Painting the Lines

Posted by on Oct 26, 2020 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

Did you know that parenting sometimes resembles road work? Our town recently went to the expense of widening one of our primary roads. Previously it had been a frustrating and unsafe road. The shoulders were a thin ribbon that fell off into a ditch. The lanes were narrow and hard to maneuver due to large vehicles using the route. The new paving project converted two lanes into three. The wide road was nice, but the designers made a major mistake: they didn’t paint new lines. Because of this oversight, the wider road was even more dangerous. Which direction gets two lanes? Does each side get an extra-wide lane? Where is the center? All the drivers made their own assumptions and their own rules. The two buildings the road services added to the confusion. The road passes a high school...

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Affirmation at the Top of the World

Posted by on Aug 24, 2020 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

This is a very old story, but it involves fifteen seconds worth remembering. Many years ago, I made an extremely wise decision and married a wonderful young lady. Part of our honeymoon was a visit to Walt Disney World. We splurged and stayed in a nice room on-site. At dinnertime, we rode the elevator to the top floor to fulfill our reservation to dine in the “Top of the World” restaurant. There we enjoyed a tasty meal and an entertaining show. At the table next to ours sat a young man. I’d guess he was nine, perhaps ten. He was dressed in a suit and tie. Sharing his table for two was his stylishly dressed mother. Due to our close proximity we could easily overhear their conversation. He was polite, articulate, and respectful of both his mother and the...

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Hey Dad, Which One Do You Love the Most?

Posted by on Jul 31, 2020 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

Recently I overheard some mothers discussing – well arguing really – about a parent’s love. The conflict was based on answering the strange question some parents are asked, “Which child do you love the most?” One mother was claiming the other was lying because the other said she couldn’t choose. Nor could I. “Which child do you love the most?” Children are usually quick to answer that question, and rarely do they make that claim of themselves. They swear it’s a sibling—or maybe the family pet. I, too, have been asked this question. It stumps me. Love one more? Love one less? I can’t fathom an answer to the question. And a wise parent will never play that game, because that’s sure to impact our families in a negative way, and to foster resentment in the hearts of our...

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After Father’s Day

Posted by on Jun 23, 2020 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

“A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society” (Billy Graham). We’ve just celebrated Father’s Day—but even after the official day, we need to think about some important things regarding fathers. I’ve noticed a trend. There seems to be a move by some in our culture to subdue or even eliminate celebrating Father’s Day. This may seem self-serving because I’m a father, too, but as a tribute to my dad, I want to urge the importance of honoring dads on Father’s Day and on the days after that as well. My dad used to dislike going to church on Father’s Day because many times he left so demoralized. Many churches give uplifting attributes on Mother’s Day, but on Father’s Day give examples of poor fatherhood or...

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Bless Bess!

Posted by on May 20, 2020 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

It was a sunny Thursday morning at the family cottage. My father, brothers, and I had arisen early to tackle a big job. Atop the boathouse was a cedar deck that was long overdue for replacement boards. Now, late in the morning, the rotted old boards were gone, and we were nailing in the new. The nails were long and the wood tough, so it was with considerable effort that we slammed down our hammers, including the one with which my father struck his thumb. For many, this event would unleash a list of words and phrases that would require asterisks (****) to reproduce here. But not with my dad. Nope, he mustered all his rage and cried out the vilest of his swear word vocabulary, “Bless Bess!” he screamed. I can’t recall ever hearing my father swear. Not...

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Free Range Children

Posted by on Apr 15, 2020 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

We finally made it happen; a night out with my wife. Some call them “date nights,” my wife called them “get-me-out-of-the-house-before-I-break-something nights.” I arranged for a sitter for the children, we went to a show, and now we found ourselves at a nice table in a favorite restaurant. Then, as often happened, our special time-without-children was interrupted by the children of other patrons—parents who allow their children to run free in a restaurant. We had no problem with parents bringing their children to the restaurant. We often did the same, but letting them run free without supervision was a nuisance. Why had we gone to the expense of hiring a baby-sitter?   This scenario is an all too frequent reality and is a point of disagreement amongst our parenting peers. It’s tough sometimes because you have to parent differently...

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