Embrace and Pursue Life to the Full

Top 10 lessons from our parent panel

  1. Love them unconditionally. You might disagree with their choices and be hurt, but love them without fail.
  2. Parent out of trust and try to avoid fear. Easier said than done.
  3. Ask for help.  If your single or married ask for help. God has given us the “body” for a reason. Surround your kids with other adults who can provide a positive influence.
  4. Choose your battles and stay consistent.
  5. Know your kids. Quality and quantity is the only way to truly know your kids.
  6. Each kid will need to be parented differently. What works with one, might not with the other.
  7. You cannot force your kids to love God, but you can expose them to the things of God.
  8. Prayer is your greatest weapon!
  9. Be the parent not their friend. Friendship will come later.
  10. Don’t freak out–it’s adolescence–perfect kids not included. It’s not a question of if they mess up, it’s what will you do when they do mess up?

Parents I had a great time with all of you over the last four weeks.  I will continue to remain connected with you through e-mails and this site.  Please feel free to ask questions or share concerns.  If you would like to grab time together in the future you can calL April to get something set up.

I’d be happy to meet with you and talk.

Phone:260 493-7400


The Real Act of discovery consists not in finding new lands, but in seeing with new eyes.

This quote was taken from the book “The ten Faces Of Innovation”.  One of my passions is to make things better, easier, faster or slower.  I love looking at what is already there and thinking through how to do it in a new way.  Sitting down with a group of people a white board, a problem/issue and figuring out how to see it with new eyes is rewarding and difficult.  Its rewarding when you discover something and it works.  Its difficult because not everyone is going to see it from the same perspective.  Perspective.  Lens.

We are all in process.  We are all looking at life from similar, but different places.  Our culture has many versions of the truth and many ways of determining what truth is…for them.  Many of the systems in our world are stagnant, broken and not working as they did in the past.  Maybe its time we looked at some of them with fresh eyes…maybe then we will find new lands…where hate is replace with love and criticism is replaced with compassion…and anger is replace with understanding…Someone once wrote, “they have eyes to see and ears to hear, but do neither because they refuse to see and hear.”   What in your life are you refusing to see?  Who in your life are you refusing to listen?

Many times I refuse to listen to my wife, my kids and even my God.  I find myself often listening to the chatter of the world and allowing it to lead me away form my true purpose in life.  I need fresh eyes to see my faults.  I need to  see how I can get better, faster, or slower in my life.  I’ll keep working, thinking and wondering how that will invade the old lands where I live.