Author Archives: Greg

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 boys were just not…

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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 anything their imagination will allow. And…

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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. 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 entertainment, but they open a door to addictive…

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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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