Monthly Archives: March 2015

The Weird Thing About Reading the Bible Is

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I have been a Christian since I was 16 years old. I don’t mean I have been going to church since I was 16. I mean I have been attempting to submit my entire life to Jesus Christ since I was 16. It is not easy. The largest roadblock to this submission has been myself. And the largest thing about myself that has gotten in the way is my aversion to routine.

(What does this have to do with Fathering? I am convinced that as I seek to become more like Jesus, I become a better father, a better husband, and even a better version of me. If you disagree with this statement, I challenge you right here, right now in the comments for just one quality of behaviour of Jesus that I might emulate that would not make me a better father, husband or person. Just one. Go ahead. I await your comments.)

But here’s the funny thing about it. Very early on I noticed something about reading the Bible. Reading the Bible is something that pretty much every church tells you is key to figuring out how to follow Jesus personally. In fact, if a church tells you that it is not key, then I’d argue you aren’t going to a Christian church. But being the contrarian that I am I rarely accept what I am told “because”. There has to be a reason. Read the rest of this entry »


Budgeting Breakfast – Cereal or Bacon and Eggs or Oatmeal?

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Around 2 years ago, we reached a crossroads in our family’s life.  Things were getting a little out of control (okay, more than a little) and we decided it was time to make changes and ask questions about everything we did.

Holy Sugar Bombs, Batman!

Holy Sugar Bombs, Batman!

One of the questions we asked was related to our kids.  It seemed that they were all struggling, to a greater or lesser degree with school and noise levels.  They just seemed wound up, all the time, and it was interfering with their ability to both get along with each other and at school.  I recalled a few years ago watching “Super Size Me” and one particular segment they filmed highlighting a school in Wisconsin which took the revolutionary step of serving only food from scratch in their cafeteria.  The results were astonishing: widespread behavioural problems disappeared.

So, hm.  My kids at the time ate sugary cereals almost every day out of convenience.  It was just easier – they could make it themselves, cleanup was simple, the only annoying part was we would literally go through almost a box a day – family sized.  They’d still be hungry so some kids would have two bowls.  Hm.

I made a decision to set up a new breakfast routine.  It would prove to be costly to my time, and more mess, but I think it has made a difference.   Read the rest of this entry »


3 Tips on Teaching Kids About Personal Finance

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Finances.  We are going through a major revamp of our family’s finances right now.

Who invented these things anyway?

Who invented these things anyway?

Running a family of 9 (we have an extra relative living with us right now too) is something beyond the ordinary today.  There isn’t a ton of wisdom out there on how this is supposed to work, because there aren’t a ton of families left in North America anyways, that have this many kids.  But as we walk down this time of change together, I find I have a renewed passion to teach my kids how to handle money.  I don’t want them to have to wait until they are 40 to figure out what I know now.  I hope neither do you.

Here are some ideas you can use that I have come across that can really help with trying to educate your children to manage their money well.  Honestly, I think this may be a skill more important than anything any of them will learn past the age of 12.  Because it affects everything about their lives – from marriage prospects, to comfort, to freedom to pursue their dreams, to being able to be the kind of generous, helpful person they want to be. Read the rest of this entry »


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