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Parents First

by Chuck I fly quite often and one of the things I really enjoy is watching the flight attendants on Southwest Airlines interact with passengers. The safety talk caught my attention as they talked about the oxygen masks. … Read More

What Is Your Body Saying?

I recently read a great blog by Peter Bregman in which he described a time in which he did a series of wrong things when meeting with a potential client.  One of the things he did was raise… Read More

Perspective: The Closer You Get, the Harder it Is

As I write this, I’m on a plane flying over Wyoming.  I left this morning at 10 a.m. from St. Louis, stopped in Kansas City to switch flights (by the way, avoid this airport unless you enjoy the… Read More

1/4 Pound at a Time

by Chuck It had been a really long winter and my cookie to exercise ratio was way off.  I was the heaviest I had ever been and was starting to need new clothes.  I was about 30 pounds… Read More

Technology is Attacking My Family!

by Chuck I’m currently reading “Hooked: The Pitfalls of Media, Technology, and Social Networking” by Gregory L. Jantz. I didn’t plan on reading it but Tom gave me an autographed copy from Greg that said, “Enjoy & Be… Read More

How Do I Know if Specific Counseling is Any Good?

by Chuck Our family car started doing something that terrified both of us.  The engine would just turn off while we were driving down the road.  We’d pull onto the shoulder in a panic, shift into park, turn… Read More

Comfort Over Growth

At our youth ranch, Level Three has its privileges.  I won’t go into all the specifics but it not only allows more freedom in communication, food choice and clothes, it also allows for earning some money and occasionally… Read More

Suppressing Anger

by Chuck “The peaceful home, like the hoped-for peaceful world, does not depend on a sudden benevolent change in human nature.  It does depend on deliberate procedures that methodically reduce tensions before they lead to explosions.” (From:  “Between… Read More

Artificial Maturity

by Chuck Dave Ramsey caught my attention.  He said that one of the hardest things to figure out as a parent of a teenager is what “age” they’re dealing with at that particular moment.  At any given time… Read More