Why Teaching Your Kids To Do Their Best Isn’t As Easy As It Sounds
Sep19

Why Teaching Your Kids To Do Their Best Isn’t As Easy As It Sounds

Embed from Getty Images As a parent I want my son to do his very best at everything he tries; not because I think it’ll make him the next super bowl MVP or the next highest-paid endorser for Nike, Reebok or Under Armor; more because it’ll help him achieve whatever he wants out of life – or at least walk away knowing he gave it his all. Asking your child to give it their best sounds pretty simple, right? I mean what’s so hard about...

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How Men Can Find Balance in an Unbalanced World
Aug28

How Men Can Find Balance in an Unbalanced World

  The wooden sign hanging in my kitchen above the stove reads ‘Take time for what matters most’. Pacing up and down the walkways in the terminal of the Detroit Metropolitan Airport—after my flight’s second delay—isn’t exactly my form of what matters. The longer you know me, the more you’ll hear me say the key to life is finding balance. Well duh. How many millions of times have we heard that? (Just picture yourself on...

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Yeah, Dads Have Bad Days. So What?
Aug26

Yeah, Dads Have Bad Days. So What?

Embed from Getty Images By Gregory Tapler Being a dad is hard work. What the hell does that even mean? Hard work? A labor of love? A duty? A responsibility? There are times when I talk to my friends when I’m having a hard day being a dad. Often I’m met with ‘Yeah, but they’re really worth it.’ or ‘The joy outweighs the pain.’ or…well, you get the point. Don’t get me wrong, there are days when I’m on the giving end of those catch...

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What Are You Afraid Of? Remember It’s A Choice.
Jul15

What Are You Afraid Of? Remember It’s A Choice.

by Randall Rogers, Reprinted with Permission I’ll tell you now, before you’re in too deep, there’s genuine ugliness in this article. I am writing for myself, and, to paint a picture of growing up in innocent Minneapolis, Minnesota in the 60’s. A place that according to Governor Dayton, this past week, “might have to accept that there still is ‘racism’.” I was raised by a man who was a...

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Don’t Quit – a Message from Dad
Feb24

Don’t Quit – a Message from Dad

by Gregory Tapler My son is at an age where he likes to (and actually can) play organized sports. We decided to move him towards basketball for a number of reasons and he seems to be enjoying it very much. He’s an only child and when he’s at home playing, he commentates his own games. He changes teams, players and keeps score. It’s really enjoyable as a father to listen to his creativity and spirit. When he plays, he has this...

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Dads, Sons and “The Talk”
Jan11

Dads, Sons and “The Talk”

Dad’s giving their sons “The Talk” are often moments of extreme discomfort and hilarity – here is one such case… – – – See the author’s TEDx Talk on Creating Extraordinary Intimacy in a Shut Down World – – – One of the more interesting, and often humorous, rites of passage as a Dad is having the “talk” with their sons about “The Birds and the Bees”. Thankfully, the one I had with my son was so...

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