Archive for June 2014
If there’s a tune playing, it’s a guarantee that my 12-year old daughter is dancing. Anyone who knows her well, knows how true this is. Although she swayed and stepped without a care, the other day, she made sure to look up every so often to see if I was watching her.
A few days ago I received a statement from my investment guy at Morgan Stanley. I was encouraged to see that my investment account was growing. Always a good sign for a guy who hopes to retire before I’m dead :-). But, for as much growth as the account had sustained, I still had a long way to go until the dividends started paying off. As I sifted through each page, the thought occurred to me- raising children is very much the same.
I’ve been married to a stay-at-home mom for nearly 15 years. Every day I am eternally grateful that she chose the career path she did because I see my children growing and learning from the invaluable life lessons she consistently pours into them. But I’ve also learned, by listening to her and several others, how confused the world seems to be over the choice that many moms make to stay at home with their children.
This past weekend was Father’s Day weekend. To say that it was a good one would be a huge understatement. In my opinion it was the best yet. I was blessed to be with friends and family the entire weekend. But the best part? Taking an entire weekend to be with the most important people in the world- my wife and children!
In the uncertain and inconsistent world of foster care, how do you achieve the results and positive traction you are hoping for with the children who are placed in your care? The answer: consistency. It was a warm spring afternoon when we made the long drive from our house to the visitation center. The rules were clear, or so we thought- after 3 missed visits in a row, all visitation rights would be suspended for the birth parents. “Surely she would show up for this one,” my wife and I both thought. “Surely she wouldn’t leave her daughter waiting for