Tag Archives: Parenting

Parental Approval

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To listen to today’s reflection as a podcast, click here More than anything, the young Winston Churchill yearned for the affection and approval of his father. But Sir Randolph Churchill, a rising star in Britain’s Conservative Party at the turn of the last century, appears to have been ill-equipped to be a supportive dad. He rarely even spoke to his gifted but sensitive… Read more »

Happy Thoughts

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. For a number of men, Father’s Day can be tough. A middle-aged man recently wrote, “I hate Father’s Day.  It takes me hours to find a card.  All the cards have sentiments that don’t fit – ‘Dad, you’re a pal,’ or ‘I’ve always been able to count on you,’ or ‘You taught me… Read more »

We’ll Get Together Then

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“Frankly, this song scares me to death.” That’s what the late folk rocker Harry Chapin said about Cat’s in the Cradle (1974), his only song that ever went to No. 1 on the charts. The song tells a multi-generational story of a father who is too busy to spend time with his son, only to discover later in life that… Read more »

The Right Moment

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Years ago our family lived on a street in which adjoining houses sat on properties that were roughly equal in size.  This created a substantial temptation for the males on that street.  OK, it created a potential issue for me.  It turns out that it was possible for neighbors to race each other while mowing the grass.  I mean, why… Read more »