Smoothie Water

The other day, my parents came over to watch the kids while I went to a meeting for school. I had just finished making a smoothie for Hudson and put the berry-coated blender jar in the sink and filled it halfway with water to make cleaning it easier later. My dad’s first move, as he […]

Fresh Starts

Today across the state, thousands of student-athletes are gathering on fields and in gyms as their fall seasons kick off. For most kids, the start of school is still three weeks away and the athletic field provides a different opportunity than what will be awaiting them on the day after Labor Day. An opportunity for […]

Summer is Over

Every year around this time, my wife and I begin mourning the loss of a season. It’s raining? Summer is over. The school supplies are out at Target? Summer is over. The Vikings are playing their first preseason game? Summer is over. Along with the weather change, when I go back to school life picks […]

Listen Better

Husbands, we’ve got a reputation for being bad listeners. Whether it’s deserved or not is not important, but rather if we as individuals are going to fit the stereotype. I recently went to a conference on leadership that listens and I came away with three things to focus on when it comes to communication in […]

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Right Now

I hate the dentist. Last time I went I followed some counterintuitive advice: Instead of thinking about what is about to happen or what could happen, fix your focus on what is happening right now. The idea is that we tend to make a bigger deal about things that haven’t happened yet and ignore what […]

Make New Mistakes

As dads, husbands, and professionals, we make mistakes every day. They’re inevitable. No one has a handbook for how to raise kids because every child is different and every day presents new challenges.  The goal is to stop making the same mistakes.  As we learn and grow, we correct the mistakes we used to make […]

Smoothie Water

The other day, my parents came over to watch the kids while I went to a meeting for school. I had just finished making a smoothie for Hudson and put the berry-coated blender jar in the sink and filled it halfway with water to make cleaning it easier later. My dad’s first move, as he […]

Fresh Starts

Today across the state, thousands of student-athletes are gathering on fields and in gyms as their fall seasons kick off. For most kids, the start of school is still three weeks away and the athletic field provides a different opportunity than what will be awaiting them on the day after Labor Day. An opportunity for […]

Summer is Over

Every year around this time, my wife and I begin mourning the loss of a season. It’s raining? Summer is over. The school supplies are out at Target? Summer is over. The Vikings are playing their first preseason game? Summer is over. Along with the weather change, when I go back to school life picks […]

Listen Better

Husbands, we’ve got a reputation for being bad listeners. Whether it’s deserved or not is not important, but rather if we as individuals are going to fit the stereotype. I recently went to a conference on leadership that listens and I came away with three things to focus on when it comes to communication in […]

Playtime is Productive

As a teacher, I get to play stay-at-home-dad during the summer. I absolutely love this about my job and I relish the full days I get to spend with my kids not having to worry about school. The other day, as I finished cleaning up lunch messes and putting kids down for naps, I couldn’t […]

Ducks in a Row

I’m a “ducks in a row” kind of person. When I sit down to write, I make sure my computer and notebook are organized and neat on my desk, I have the right music in my headphones for optimal productivity, and then I feel resistance.  Is this a good enough topic to write about? Can […]

December 31, 2019

New Year’s resolutions don’t work. At least that’s what the research says. Eat healthier? Read more books? Start exercising more regularly? These are all things that no doubt would add value to your life and lead to more fulfillment, so why do they fail? I bet Google will tell us:  I’m writing this on New […]