Week Verses – Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

I chose this week’s verses for my friends.  I have several in need of prayer.  Some are just “kind of in a funk” right now and a few are going through some difficult times.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (GW)

Two people are better than one because together they have a good reward for their hard work. 10 If one falls, the other can help his friend get up. But how tragic it is for the one who is all alone when he falls. There is no one to help him get up.

Asking for help is never easy but I hope my friends realize that they don’t have to go-it-alone and reach out when in need.

I also pray that I’m not so wrapped up in my own world to realize when they do.

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Calling All Dance Dads

Last weekend was a big weekend in our house.  Both my daughters are involved in dance and Saturday was the beginning of competition season.

They’re off to a great start and I’m looking forward to watching my girls have fun on stage with their friends.  I’m also looking forward to an idea I have… and that’s where I need your help.

In the next month or two I’d like to write about having kids in dance and competition dance from the Dad’s point of view.  It won’t be some hard hitting expose.  Just a lighthearted look through the eyes of Dance Dads.

This is what I need.  If you are a Dance Dad would you please take some time to email me your thoughts?

What do you like about having kids in dance? What are your dislikes? Any thoughts on costumes or choreography? How about any funny (maybe not at the time) stories of things that happened at a competition.  You don’t need to limit your comments to those questions.  They’re just some idea starters.

And Dance Moms… please share this with all the Dance Dads you know.  I’d like to get as much input as possible.

Please email me your thoughts: tony@faithfamilyandtechnology.com

Dance Dad

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My Best Parenting Tip

I’ve never professed to be the world’s best parent so I hesitate to offer parenting advice.  I have seen the benefits of the tip I’m about to give so I’m comfortable sharing it with you.  So what is my best parenting tip?

Cook with your kids

Sounds so simple… and it is.  I was reminded of this tip yesterday afternoon when my oldest and I made lasagna.

Making Lasagna

First, and most obvious, you’re teaching a great life skill.  Yesterday, I reviewed chopping an onion, mincing garlic, and browning hamburger.

When you cook you learn to pay attention, follow directions, and a little math.  Both of my daughters’ first exposure with fractions came from measuring spoons and cups.

My experience has shown that kids are also more likely to take ownership in and eat something they’ve helped prepare.  Thinking about introducing a food your kid has never had before?  Have them help make it.  They might not eat a whole serving, or even like it, but you can be assured they will at least give it an honest try.

Perhaps the best benefit of cooking with your kids is the conversations you’ll have.  My daughter and I talked about things making lasagna yesterday that we never would have talked about if I just had said, “So, what’s new at school?”

Do you cook with your kids?  Did I miss any benefits that you’ve noticed in your own experiences?

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