Author Archives: Greg

Keep Our Lands Clean Earlier this year my son and I did a lake shore cleanup with the scouts.  I was excited not only to participate in this but excited that my son could participate in this cleanup.  As we walked along the roads and the shores at Land Between the Lakes my son quickly realized the importance of not only what we are doing, but the importance of keeping our lands clean. How can we help? There are lots of ways to help and in almost every situation you can get your kids involved as long as they are old enough to walk a short distance. Even before they are able to walk short distances to help clean up here are some ways to help keep our our lands clean and get your kids involved. Teach your kids about conservation In our house we recycle. Our bins are right…

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Parenting Through the Scout Laws I have gone through scouting with all three of my boys. Even though not all of them stuck with it I have enjoyed every moment.  I myself went all the way through Tiger scouts all the way to become an Eagle scout.  And through the years of scouting, the scout laws are etched in my life and my daily habits.  I feel I am a better person and a better father because of the Scout Laws.  Here are some ways to use the scout laws to help guide our children and help better themselves. A Scout is… Trustworthy When I was younger, I didn’t see the big deal with lying. I was just doing it to impress people or to hide the fact that I had no idea what I was doing. But as I got older (and hopefully wiser) I realized that lying just…

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Holiday Tips to Staying Sane “I don’t know what to say, but it’s Christmas and we’re all in misery.” — Ellen Griswold The holidays. Love them or hate them the only way to avoid them is to move out of the country. Whether you travel to visit family or stay at home and host here are some tips to help you stay sane. Make Lists I am the first person to admit that when it comes to the holidays I forget something. Whether it is a gift that was left in a closet or forgetting a key ingredient for that holiday dish, there is at least one thing I forget every year.   When gathering gifts make sure you have a list of all those items you might have hidden or stashed away for surprises so you remember to bring them along.  If traveling make a packing list so you don’t…

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Low Cost Ideas to Treat Your Kids For me spending times with my kids is far more important than spending money on my kids.  It seems like any more that to have fun or treat your kids you have to take out a small loan to finance the fun.  Okay maybe not that expensive but week after week of trying to keep my family entertained this summer and I felt the pain of trying balance cost versus fun.  Here are a few tips I have to treat your kids to something fun but keep the cost down. Making Cookies Kids love cookies. Well they love anything sweet so why not try having a cookie party at your house.  You can grab the ingredients at a very cheap price at your local grocery store. Also grab some cookie decorating supplies or you may already have some around the kitchen.  And before…

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Take a Kid Fishing Growing up in Missouri I loved to fish. My dad introduced me to fishing at a young age. It was one of the things I loved to do with my dad. Just my dad and I and some fishing poles.  It seemed like we always caught fish. But even if we didn’t, we had a good time.  I have four older brothers so when dad would go fishing with just me it made me feel like I was getting a special treat.  As you can imagine with five boys in the house getting one on one time is hard to come by. When my boys were old enough, I would follow in that family tradition and introduce them to fishing. At a young age my older two boys loved it. But as they grew older their love for fishing wore off. Probably because my two older…

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Family Fun at Beggs Family Farm Took the family on a quick day trip this weekend. We went to Beggs Family Farm in a small town of Blodgett MO right outside of Sikeston MO. Had a great time and the weather was beautiful. It amazes me at the ingenuity of the owners use of everyday farm equipment to make playgrounds for so many kids. They also have a corn maze and rides out to a pumpkin field to pick your own pumpkin. We chose to skip the ride to the pumpkin field to go eat at Lambert’s Cafe. Not missing the chance to have some good cooking and a few rolls tossed at my head. Looking at how they reuse farm items and equipment to make playgrounds just reminds me of how kids can see anything and make it a play thing. A stick, rock, vine, or cardboard box become…

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“Every dad, if he takes time out of his busy life to reflect upon his fatherhood, can learn ways to become an even better dad.” — Jack Baker. Five Simple Tips for Being a Better Father I am far from being a perfect dad. But through my many years of trial and error I have found some simple tips to help be a better father. Some of these don’t even apply just to fathers, if you are an influence in a child’s life these tips might be for you. Put your phone down Looking around at everyone in my family and the first thing I see is they are all staring down at their device. Whether it is a phone, tablet or TV, these distractions in our daily life are robbing us of precious face to face time.  On their own these devices provide us with tons of information and…

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For over twenty years I have been a father. I wanted to start this blog to help other fathers and those that are not fathers but looking for advice on how to raise and mentor the next generation. As a Christian I feel God has led me my entire life to be a father and a mentor. When I was a kid growing up I always knew I would have a big family. I have three boys that are mine and my wife and I have been fostering kids for over a year now. Through these experiences I feel I have a lot to offer others, both what to do and what not to do. My mom and dad raised five boys. I always respected my dad for not only how he raised us but just how he acted and mentored other kids throughout his life. I would love to…

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