Why Won’t My Teenager Get Out of Bed on Time?

As a dad, one of the most trying tasks of parenthood can be getting your kids to go to sleep and then getting them out of bed in the morning. Teenagers are a challenge when it comes to sleep. They usually don’t want to get off their digital devices at night and can get crabby when you try and roust them for school. So, why won’t your teenager get up on time? Your Teenager is Hard-Wired to Hassle You Neuroscientists Dr. Sarah Blakemore did a fascinating TED Talk on teen brains and says your teenager finds it difficult to take direction from ... [read more]

4 Things I Miss About Having Little Babies Around

My oldest two kids have graduated from high school and my youngest is in her last year of middle school. Lately, I’ve been telling anyone who have little babies to please cherish them. Like seriously, I’m that dude that’s always giving parental advice to the young dads I work with. While doing some cleaning in my office, I ran across a couple of boxes that had several pictures. They were pictures dating back to when they were babies and wasn’t even walking yet. Honestly, moments like that gets you a little emotional and have me reminiscing ... [read more]

5 Parenting Tips to Raise Your Child into a Better Human

It is a dream of all parents that their child becomes a better human being having all the traits required to live an honorable and respectful life. In this quest, some parents are able to find the mantra while others don’t even start from the beginning. And of course, there are those who are somehow able to do it just right. If you want to be among those who want to raise a family of great human beings, you have to take the right start while following some very simple tips. Here we will discuss 5 simple tips that can help you raise your ... [read more]

How To Be A Positive Role Model For Your Teenagers

Setting a good example for children goes so far beyond good manners and a tidy bedroom. As an adult and as a parent, you have a responsibility to show your teenagers good examples of the type of adult to become one day. Teenagers get a bad rep most of the time. There’s an awful lot that people have to say about the bad behavior of teenagers, but they don’t often talk about whether said teenagers had good role models in the first place. Children and teenagers copy the behavior that they are modelled; it’s why you hear researchers say that ... [read more]

The Must Have Gifts For Kids Aren’t Things… But Experiences

Think back, real hard. Do you remember every item in your toy box when you were 7 years old? Do you remember receiving each and every one of those plastic facsimiles of cartoon characters, games consoles or board games? Sure, you likely have one or two treasured memories of unboxing something you coveted for months or even years, but rarely will your most precious childhood memories be based around the acquisition of… stuff. Yet, in a capitalist society, we as parents are encouraged to measure our worth in terms of how much mass manufactured ... [read more]

4 Ways to Discuss Drugs and Alcohol with Your Teen

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of National Institute on Drug Abuse for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. One of the best things ever to happen to me has got to be becoming a parent. It has taught me so much throughout the years, and some of them have been challenging. I’ve said numerous times that it’s more difficult being a parent in this day and age than any other. We can’t hide things from our kids because they’re dangerous because they most likely know about them before the parents. Social media has changed the game ... [read more]

Tips for Helping Your Child Find their First Apartment

As much as teens and young adults may think they own the world, the odds are good that when the time comes to move out, your son or daughter is going to be looking at you for guidance. If you've been a home owner for a while and are nicely settled in, you yourself may not know where to start. Here are some helpful tips for finding your child their first apartment. Help Them Budget As a general rule of thumb, rent should be no more than 25 percent of your son or daughter's monthly earnings. If he or she has a partner or roommate, the rent ... [read more]

School’s Out! How to Inspire Your Kids to Learn New Things at Home

Every Dad is expected to have some kind of hidden power. Whether it’s an uncanny ability to solve problems or a handy set of tools that can fix any electronic device, you have some kind of talent that your kids will marvel at. When your children are growing up, they’ll look to you as inspiration for their own futures. If you’re a chef, then your kids will love to mimic you in the kitchen and might even grow up to be a fine cook themselves! If you’re a well-groomed businessman, then they’ll jump on toy laptops and pretend they’re in your shoes. ... [read more]

5 Gadgets That Will Make You Feel Young Again

There are a lot of great things about becoming a daddy. It’s a brilliant time for all of us to settle down and start looking after the kids. However, it can also lead to us feeling old before our time. No longer are we living the young lifestyle, and that leads us to adopt an elderly mindset. We aren’t past our prime yet, so let’s remind ourselves of how to feel young with a few ideas. Virtual Reality In case you weren’t aware, virtual reality is becoming the next big thing in gaming. In the past year alone, devices like the HTC Vive ... [read more]

Want To Raise Outdoors-Loving Kids? 5 Lessons You Must Learn

For those who don’t understand today’s so-called ‘technological revolution,’ it’s hard to comprehend it. Our kids are spending way more time indoors, playing video games and browsing websites on their tablets. There are so many indoor activities at their disposal that it can be difficult to get them enjoying the outside. But, it can be done. You’re going to need to abide by five important lessons to achieve this goal, and we’re going to list them for you now. Don’t Set An Agenda Disappointment and frustration can easily set in when you’re ... [read more]