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 […]


Best Learning Toys For 2-Year-Olds

With Christmas right around the corner, one of the things I’m most excited for is watching my son open gifts. Last year, he understood a little about what was going on and learned all about ripping wrapping paper. But, this year he helped decorate the tree, hang the stockings, and is constantly reminding his 9-month-old […]

The Screen-Free Saturday Challenge

The technology we have at our fingertips has the potential to connect us to people around the world, complete tasks more efficiently than previous generations could even fathom, and has also changed the way we work. As someone who has never known a world without email, internet, and computers, I cannot picture what most jobs […]

Loving The Mud

Last night, my wife and I were sitting across from each other in our living room slouched in our chairs, taking a deep breath and taking in that moment when all the kids were asleep. We had just finished the nightly ritual of putting them to bed when one of our twins, Georgia, let out […]

The Zero Complaints Challenge

The average person complains 15-30 times a day. That’s insane! I’ve never tracked the number of times I have complained in a day, but my guess is that I would probably fit into that range. It might seem like a crazy stat because we may be complaining without even realizing we’re doing it. This week’s […]