Tough Parenting Decision

Sometimes parental decisions are easy.  The no-brainers.   The ones were the answer keeps them safe.  The ones you are confident making based on your experience and faith.

Then there are the difficult decisions.  They make you think and for awhile at a loss to answer.

That’s where my wife and I find ourselves.  We have a difficult decision to make regarding our youngest daughter’s basketball team.

The coaches, the girls, and the other parents have been outstanding this year.  They’ve learned a lot and have made great improvements. The league they are in, however, hasn’t been the best experience.

Without hashing out the details… here is the decision we’ve been asked to make:

Do we withdraw from the end of the season tournament?  This would teach our girls to stand up for what you believe is right.

Or do we play the tournament teaching our girls the importance of sticking it out and finishing?

Either way you teach a valuable lesson.  That’s what makes this such a difficult decision.

After thinking it over here’s where my head is at… you teach your daughter that integrity and standing up for what you believe  is important and in this case more important than finishing.  You explain why.  You let her ask questions.  You share how difficult a decision it was.

In short, you turn it into a teachable moment.

What are your thoughts?  Would you have reached the same conclusion?  What are some difficult parenting decisions you’ve had to make?

 

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The Radio In My Head

Most of my blog posts I write in the morning.  I’ve made a habit of getting up at 5:15 and spending some time in quiet plugging my thoughts into the computer.  Usually when I go to bed I have no idea what I plan on writing about the next morning.   That was the case last night.  But like usual I woke up inspired!

I think it’s because the radio in my head woke me up to an awesome song: David Crowder Band’s “Here Is Our King” (The video is posted below).  The radio in my head is great but I needed to actually hear the song… outloud.  So here I sit.  At the computer.  My favorite mug filled with one of my favorite coffees.  Speakers cranked.  Writing!

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The coffee, this song, and the sunshine peeking through the curtains has me ready to tackle the day!  Have a great weekend.

What was the radio in your head playing this morning?

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Coin – Cool But Not For Me

If you’ve paid any attention to tech news or the ads on your Facebook lately you’ve heard about Coin.  It’s an electronic device the size of a credit card that you can store all your credit, debit, rewards, and gift cards on.  When you’re ready to pay just press a button to select which one you want to use and swipe it like you would a regular credit or debit card.

When I first heard about Coin the technology lover in me thought it was the coolest thing.  I really wanted one.  Then the responsible part of my brain kicked in.  It’s the part that had been soaking in all the information on how to get out of debt as my wife and I attended Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University every Sunday night at our Church.

It seems to me that the novelty of a product like Coin will encourage our society to continue to overspend.  That said, I do like the low energy bluetooth security feature it has built in.  You connect it to your smartphone.  If you leave the Coin behind and it becomes out of range of your phone you’ll get a notification.  Clever.

While I can see that Coin could be convenient and cut down clutter for some I’ve decided it’s not for me.  I’ve slimmed down my wallet already by getting rid of credit cards and just using a debit card.  Sure, there may be times when I get the occasional gift card but to me it’s not worth the $100 ($50 if you pre-order) to be able to combine cards.

So what do you think?  Want one?

 

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