Category Archives: Self-help

Sleep, Eat, Fun

We have four kids. Two girls, two boys. Oldest is 5. Youngest is 3 months. Three had/have reflux, all are picky eaters and none ever want to go to sleep.

They are also the best kids on the planet!
They are mostly polite, mostly well behaved and they mostly love each other. They respond to correction, enjoy learning and make me laugh.

It seems that no one told me this was to be a funny photo!

Are my kids different from any other kids? As much as the father in me would say “Yes!”, I actually think not. As parents, we have struggled with the same difficulties and rejoiced in the same breakthroughs as most other families. Our kids are not miracle kids. They didn’t take their first breath of fresh air and ask to go to sleep (and they learn pretty quickly that more fun is had while awake), nor do they immediately want to “put down Daddy’s iPad and sit up for dinner.” No, we had to teach them all of that along with the fun and games.

Remember, their job is to discover the world, our job is to facilitate that discovery. Both sides of that equation are important. Let’s not remove either one!

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Owning your problems

In self-help books and motivational seminars around the world there is almost always a section dedicated to the importance of personal evaluation and being honest with yourself about your shortcomings. In fact, owning your own problems is a vital step in overcoming challenges and succeeding in your goals. But can you ever own a problem to such a degree that you actually empower it?

What happens when you are convinced of a problem that doesn’t really exist (or, at least, not to the degree you believe)?

That’s like taking home The Troll That Lives Under The Bridge and raising it as a pet.