I have to admit that I get extremely tired of those voices in the media telling me that I NEED to work out, that I NEED go running, that I NEED to watch what I eat.
We have finally decided what Halloween costumes we are going to wear this year at our house. But let me tell you, it wasn't easy.
Few of us are really innocent when it comes to the use profane language now and then. C'mon. You've probably said a little more than "Rats!" when you slammed your leg into that open drawer while trying to put away some socks in the dark.
It hasn't been as big of a deal lately, but earlier this summer when I sold my extra refrigerator, a number of people were urging me to buy a new, stand-alone freezer.
Lately, I've been thinking quite a bit about the subject of time. Or the lack of it.
I recently took the family to a major league baseball game. I knew I would have to keep my wallet wide open, but I still wasn't totally prepared for the expense.
I went to a wedding reception recently, and I was one of only two people wearing a jacket and tie. I was over-dressed for sure, but I didn't mind.
This is the time of year when we get excited about fireworks, about grilling out, and about finding a way to relax on the Fourth. It’s also the time for us to take a moment to reflect on our great country, and the great Americans who keep the engine of freedom running.
As a Details Dad, you know I'm always working to help the family. Sometimes when I survey the basement, I see so many items laying around that we haven't used for years. Then I think, "We could sell these items, and tidy up our home at the same time!"
As a dad who is concerned about the details, there is always a little bit of stress along the way. Sometimes I get a little too concerned about "getting to the destination" instead of "enjoying the ride."
Instead of doing major reconstruction, there are little things you can do to make your home feel different, new and fresh.
Have you ever noticed that as a Dad, you can find yourself in the midst of momentary chaos? Often times in those moments, there are great memories to be made.
As a details Dad, I'm always focused on keeping the family moving. Of course, that means keeping the family car in good working order.
A recent Minnesota study, published online in the journal Pediatrics, suggests that kids may make parents "less fit". As the Details Dad, I appreciate hearing about reports like this one, but I might have to disagree with some of the findings.
With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it can be hard to pay close attention to the kids sometimes. It's easy to get focused on achieving goals, rather than spending quality time.
The recent economic downturn and recession gave many of us a wake up call. Most of us got the message that we can no longer spend unnecessarily on material possessions. We have to be much more careful about what we buy, and we must make wise decisions every time we make a purchase.
Negative results have certainly come from the recession our country has faced over the last couple of years. Many people have lost jobs, and many others are still looking for work. On the other hand, the recession has forced us to find ways to cut back, streamline, and save.
I'm one of those many Dads who are involved in family life, and enjoy making sure the details of everyday living are covered.
Be on your toes! Great moments are going to happen, but be ready to savor them, because they can be fleeting. Thank goodness we have memories to sustain us.
I enjoy taking my kids to their events. But I often feel like I have a different perspective on the process than most people.
After Christmas is over, and I've put away the decorations for another year, it usually becomes a time for me to re-evaluate what's really needed in the house. As a Details Dad, I'm always trying to figure out ways to make the household run more efficiently. I think one of the ways to do that is to reduce clutter, cut the bulk, and cut back on extra items that are filling the house and garage.
I really like to sit down and watch a movie when I get a chance (although those chances are few and far between). What I really like to do is have a "movie night" with the kids. We'll pop some popcorn, the kids turn off most of the lights, and we make it seem like we are at the "movie theater."
There is so much life to live, and so many fun experiences to be had. And yet, it is easy to get bogged down with the clutter of everyday living.
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