Thoughts and Concerns Raising a Bi-Racial Child

Before having a kid, every parent has thoughts and concerns such as: Am I ready for this?  Will I be a good parent?  Is my child going to be healthy?  After the child is born, more thoughts and fears arise such as: Is my child developing normally? Is my house safe?  Am I doing things correctly?  As children grow up,Continue reading “Thoughts and Concerns Raising a Bi-Racial Child”

I Will Call Him Mini Me

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.  They also say kids learn a great deal through imitating their parents and people they spend a lot of time around.  While I knew this was true since I read a lot about parenting and kids, I never experienced prior to having a child of my own.  I alsoContinue reading “I Will Call Him Mini Me”

How to Raise a Manly Son

When I was growing up, boys were raised to become manly men.  When my father and grandfathers were growing up, this was even more of a focus.  In today’s day and age, I feel this is still important.  Before people get offended by this statement, let me define the term “manly”. If asked to define what it meansContinue reading “How to Raise a Manly Son”

The Best Job in the World…Being a Dad!

With the pandemic adversely affecting my small business over the last 9 months, and the likelihood of it continuing until summer/fall of 2021, I have been thinking about what I can do if I need to close down permanently.  Part of that thinking has been what I will do for a job.  Then I shifted thinking intoContinue reading “The Best Job in the World…Being a Dad!”

Teach Your Kids to Be on Time

I have always been a stickler for punctuality.  The old saying “5 minutes early is on time, on time is late” never applied to me.  It was more like “5 minutes early is late; 15 minutes early is on time.”  Before I even started karate, if my mom was running late taking me somewhere, I would freak out.  IContinue reading “Teach Your Kids to Be on Time”

How to Make a Rivalry a Good Thing

This coming Saturday will mark the 117th meeting of Michigan and Ohio State, often referred to as The Game.  Arguably (to some anyway), this is the biggest rivalry in all of sports, not just college sports.  An aside, when I first moved to Seattle, someone tried to convince me that Washington vs. Washington St., dubbed the Apple Cup,Continue reading “How to Make a Rivalry a Good Thing”

Do as I Say, Not as I Do

We have all uttered those magical words at some point during adulthood, “do as I say, not as I do.”  I too am guilty of it.  In this post I am going to challenge us all to stop doing and give an argument as to why. Before getting into how we use this phrase in everyday life,Continue reading “Do as I Say, Not as I Do”

Put Down the Phone

This article will start with two true stories that I personally encountered while teaching at my karate studio. These two stories will clearly illustrate the intent of this post. My first commercial karate studio was located in a space that was 1100 sq ft.  At one point we had around 225 active students (not all at onceContinue reading “Put Down the Phone”

Ways for Dads to Bond with Their Baby

Over the 20+ years of being a karate instructor, I have always tried to bond with my students, whether they are adults or children.  Life is all about connections and relationships.  When you genuinely care about someone and they care about you, life is just so much more enjoyable.  I have had great success doing that over theContinue reading “Ways for Dads to Bond with Their Baby”

Pay Attention to The Details: Why Overlooking Seemingly Little Things Can Have A Big Impact on Your Child

I’m doing the best I can.  We’ve all heard it.  We’ve all said it.  Before having a child, I was always a little critical of those parents who showed up late, forgot something, left something behind, etc.  After having a child, that stance softened…a little.  While I have a greater appreciation for those of us getting by, doing the bestContinue reading “Pay Attention to The Details: Why Overlooking Seemingly Little Things Can Have A Big Impact on Your Child”