Archive for September 2013

[Re-Post] The Phil Dunphy Rules Of Fatherhood

“I’m a cool dad. That’s my thang! I’m hip, I surf the web, I text.”

“Trust me, I had plenty of fun in my time. Then I met your mom.”

“A realtor’s just a ninja in a blazer. The average burglar breaks in and leaves clues everywhere. But not me. I’m completely clueless!”


Navigating Social Media With Your Children

As a family life pastor, I often get emails asking for advice when it comes to teenagers and social media. Many parents feel lost in this ever-growing world of online content. The truth is, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (to name the top 3 among pre-teens and teens) are not going away anytime soon, if ever. The dilemma is for parents is 2-fold: you not only have to learn the ins and outs of social media, but you also have to figure out how to guide your teenager through an ever-changing and evolving world of social media.


Much More Than A Parent!

Lets be honest. This parenting gig is much bigger and broader than we thought it would be back in the good ‘ole days of college when we hadn’t a care in the world! They never told us about explosive diapers, up the back, to the bottom of the neck (how does that even happen?), or the carnage of cleaning a bicycle wipe-out down a concrete driveway wound! But, that’s what we get with parenting.


[Updated] 11 Reasons Why Parents Are The Sleepiest People On The Planet.

My wife said it best the other day- “I haven’t slept in 100 years.” She actually meant 11, but who am I to correct her? She’s right. If my last calculations are correct I would have to say we are somewhere between 7 and 10 years behind on sleep. I think we stopped counting when our first born was screaming for the second month in a row at 3 am. That was nearly 12 years ago!


Really Knowing My Children

I’ve had a reoccurring thought lately: I want to spend my days really knowing my children. Even when they’re grown and do not live in my house anymore, I want to stay connected to them.


Be Present.

There is a tricky balance between fully investing in your work and fully investing in your family. If you’re like me, both need your full attention and both need your full investment. But the truth is- you really can’t pour yourself fully into both. Either your family will receive all of you and your work will receive a little less, or your work will receive all of you and your family will receive a little less. So…which is it?


3 Things That I Hope Will Be On My Gravestone Someday

As a kid growing up, did you ever wonder who would show up to mourn at your funeral if you died? I did this as a junior high and high school kid a lot. It wasn’t that I wished I were dead or thought of ending my life. It was just sort of the natural thing to do as an insecure, unstable teenager, I guess. However, as I’ve grow up, gotten married, and begun raising a family, my thoughts on death and life have changed quite a bit.

Mike and Kristin Berry are the Co-Founders of The Honestly Adoption Company and have been parents for nearly two decades. They are the authors of six books, and the host of The Honestly Adoption Podcast.

Sarah Gray

Sarah Gray is the executive assistant to Mike and Kristin Berry. And she is the best in the land. In addition to providing a warm and friendly response to the many emails our company receives on a weekly basis, she also manages Mike and Kristin’s speaking and meeting schedules, and makes sure that team events go off without a hitch.

Nicole Goerges

Nicole Goerges is a Content Contributor & Special Consultant for The Honestly Adoption Company. She works with Mike and Kristin as a recurring co-host for the Honestly Adoption Podcast, and co-host of Kitchen Table Talks, exclusive video content for Oasis Community, along with Kristin. She is a fellow adoptive mom, and former foster parent.

Matt McCarrick

Matt McCarrick is the Content Production Specialist for The Honestly Adoption Company. If you’ve loved listening to our podcast, or enjoyed any of the videos trainings we’ve published, you have Matt to thank. He oversees all of our content production, from video edits, to making sure the tags are correct on YouTube, to uploading new videos to Oasis, to hitting publish on a podcast episode, he’s a content wonder!

Karen Anderson

Karen Anderson is the Community Engagement Specialist for The Honestly Adoption Company. She spends the bulk of her time interacting with, and helping, people through our various social media channels, as well as providing support for Oasis Community members through chat support or Zoom calls. In the same spirit as Beaver, Karen is also passionate about connecting with parents and making them feel loved and supported. Karen is also an FASD trainer and travels often, equipping and encouraging parents.

Beaver Trumble

Beaver Trumble is the Customer Care Specialist for The Honestly Adoption Company. Chances are, if you have been in need of technical support, or forgotten your password to one of our courses, you have interacted with Beaver. He is an absolute pro at customer care. In fact, he single-handedly revolutionized our customer care department last year. Beaver is passionate about connecting with parents and making them feel loved and encouraged.

Kristin Berry

Kristin Berry is the co-founder of, and Chief Content Specialist for, The Honestly Adoption Company. She spends most of her time researching and connecting with guests for our podcast, as well as direction, designing and publishing a lot of the content for our social media channels, blog and podcast. She loves to connect with fellow parents around the world, and share the message of hope with them.

Mike Berry

Mike Berry is the co-founder of, and Chief Marketing Specialist for, The Honestly Adoption Company. He spends the bulk of his time and energy designing and building many of the resources you see within our company, as well as social media and email campaigns. His goal is to use media as a means to encourage and equip parents around the world. He is also the co-host of The Honestly Adoption Podcast.