Kids and Money: Six Reasons to Start the Conversation Now

Editor’s Note: For the record, I am not a financial adviser — just a parent who wants to see his kids get off on the right foot and be able to pursue their dreams without financial baggage weighing them down. With the New Year upon us, there’s no better time than now to start these conversations. Over the past few weeks I’ve found myself on more than one occasion discussing the topic of personal finance with our oldest son.... Read More

Three Jewels of Mindful Parenting

“Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation.” ~ C. Everett Koop Parenting is one of the toughest jobs you’ll ever love. If you have kids, you know what I mean. If you don’t, go out on a limb and trust me. We have three kids — ages 9, 7 and 3 years. Two boys — on the bookends — and a girl. Each with their own personality and at-the-moment passion. Each... Read More

Fatherhood and the New Pursuit

Has fatherhood changed over the past generation? Do today’s dads have an easier or more difficult role and set of responsibilities than just a couple generations ago? Does the world we are living in now create a backdrop for parenting unlike no other in recent memory? I have been a father for nine years now — about a quarter of my life. My three children (ages 9, 7 and 3) have changed me in so many ways — instilling confidence, expanding... Read More

Why Connecting Kids With Nature Could Just Save the World (Part 2)

Two-by-two the kids made their way down the path. The air was cool and crisp; the sky blue with wispy cirrus clouds creating a patchwork blanket as far as the eye could see. Even standing at the end of the pack, you could hear and feel the kids’ excitement as they kept their eyes peeled for signs of wildlife. For some, this was the first time they had ever done anything like this. We made stops along the way:  To learn the basics of navigating... Read More

Remember: It’s Only Temporary

Our youngest child, a boy, is smack-dab in the middle of his Terrible Twos. Over the past month or so, he has come into his own quite nicely in this regard. Why is it that the third child is so unlike the first two? Granted, there are four years in-between he and his sister (our middle child) and time has that unique way of helping you forget life’s day-to-day memories, but my goodness, I NEVER remember the other two being like this. He oscillates... Read More

Why Connecting Kids With Nature Could Just Save the World

We approached the river cautiously. The trail guide said we could get across using stepping stones but with the recent rains the water was high and swiftly moving. The kaleidoscope of yellow-orange-red-cream river rocks shimmered beneath the water’s flow as the river exhaled a cool breeze from its surface to refresh our sweaty brows. With gear-laden packs strapped to our backs we removed our boots and socks and walked into the river. Hand-in-hand... Read More

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