Archives For Parenting

How do children succeed in life? After I became a parent, I started to ask myself this question. What can my wife and I do to help my daughter succeed in life? What is “success” and what does it look like? As I’ve started reading about this subject, I’ve come across a few insights that I will share with you today.
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Guess what arrived in the mail today? 

Pre-order Hard Copies of Fight With Me and Then Came The Baby

Olive and I are very excited to announce the arrival of hard copies of our books, Fight With Me and Then Came The Baby! There’s just something very different about holding the actual print copy of a book (compared to reading the ebook version on a laptop, tablet, or smartphone). Even more exciting is that these hard copies are now available for you, our readers!
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Yesterday was a particularly meaningful Mother’s Day for me because we held a baby dedication for our daughter Alena. We wanted to share with you our thoughts and reasons for doing this. While there is no scriptural mandate for dedicating a child to God, we see examples of people bringing their babies to Jesus to be blessed (Matt 19:13, Mark 10:13, Luke 18:15a) and Jesus himself was brought to the temple as a young child as part of a Jewish custom (Luke 2:22-24).
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A recent NBC news headline advised, “Secret to marital bliss? Don’t have kids.” While it’s true that the marriage relationship does undergo significant strain in the transition of having a baby, becoming parents can also be an opportunity for growth in a marriage. That’s what happened for us.
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[This is a preview of a guest post I wrote for ESL Marriage]

Before I became a first-time father, I prepared. I took a pre-natal class with my wife, asked other parents what their experience was like, and read numerous blog posts and books about the subject. But even with all that preparation, there were many things about being a new father that surprised and shocked me. No one warned me about these things (or maybe they did and I wasn’t paying attention).
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Today we are launching our new book, Then Came The Baby: The Wonder, Mayhem, and Hilarity of Our First Year As Parents. To celebrate, we are giving away three bonus gifts worth $23 to everyone who buys a copy this week and emails me the receipt. I’ll share the details in a moment.
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 [This is a preview of a guest post I wrote for SheLoves Magazine]

“Why do you keep thinking you don’t have enough energy?” my husband asked me one night. “You made it through today. You made it through this year of being a new mom. Why do you insist that you’re in deficit?”
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One of the best gifts of becoming a mother is that I have the privilege of watching the process of human development unfold before my eyes. As I’ve observed Allie, I’ve come to (re)learn some basic truths about what it means to be human. As an adult, I find it easy to lose sight of the fundamental qualities of my humanness so I’m grateful that my baby, in her unfiltered and uninhibited way, shows me and reminds me of these things.
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Our next book is set to be released in exactly 1 month! To celebrate this, we are releasing an excerpt from our book so you can get a taste of what it will be about. Plus, we would like your input on our book title.
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I love taking Allie out. We get so much attention wherever we go (“we” meaning “she”). Pretty much everyone thinks that she’s cute. But I find that we get the most attention from older ladies.

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