- “Hang on a sec, I have to check us in.”
- “Do that again, I want to get a picture of it!”
- “That is so funny! I absolutely have to post that!”
- “Of course I was listening! I just had to check to see if an important email came through yet.”
I’d like to think we all have those people in our lives. We all know these types – the ones so addicted to their phones or tablets that they actually plan their time around their interaction with the screen. Continue reading “Suppressing the Screen to Set the Standard”
Bedtime: A word representing that time of day for a parent that either inspires anticipation or instills dread. For a great many of us, the latter is the case, for when we announce, “It’s bedtime!” — our children often tap into some previously undiscovered energy reserve, which is then channeled into arguing, protesting, and if your children are like mine, the ancient ninja art of escape.
Sometimes, we give in, too tired ourselves to fight, and then they fall asleep in the most unlikely places: Continue reading “Of Products, Perfection, and the Process of Parenting”
Today, my son came up to me, computer in hand, and asked if he could write a blog. Pleasantly surprised, I turned from what I was doing and asked if he wanted to post it on my website. His eyes lit up and replied, “YEAH!” I then asked what he wanted to blog about, and he said, “I want to write about why I love my family.”
Therefore, I am proud to present my son, Parker, as he submits his very first “guest blog” for Mindful Dad…
DADDY I LOVE YOU AND MOM
My Mom and Dad gave me a pterodactyl holding a heart in its mouth for Valentines’ Day. Today is the Super Bowl. I am so excited! Almost all of my family is coming over to my house. We will get to draw on the wall!!! Jarynn drew a weird thing. I love my family. Do you have a family that is fun and loves you? I love my family. My family is awesome! My dad is my hero he helps me when I need help and his name is Josh Misner. My Mom helps me when I am hurt and when I am sad. Also she is super sweet. My family is sweet.
That is why I love my family!
“Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” The moment I heard those words fall from Mr. Keating’s lips in Dead Poets Society, I felt myself come alive. Even as a headstrong teenager, I knew Keating was right, and I set out to suck the marrow out of life, to seize each day, and to make it extraordinary. From that day forward, back in 1989, I committed myself to those two familiar words, made immortal through a near-extinct language: carpe diem. Continue reading “Why I Will Never Carpe Diem Again”