Cruisin' Into Summer With a Plan

For our family, having a routine and schedule that is simple, enjoyable for all ages, and also spontaneous keeps our ship on course and sets us up for smooth sailing. Not to say there won’t be rough water at times, with a cranky child, someone having a melt down, poor weather or a chance that we run out of gas... but, we will do it together and create memories (both good and bad, embarrassing and complete fails). And on this journey and season of life, we will take all the help we can get!


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Jordan Langdon
What Made Grandpa So 'Together'?

I guess it’s no accident then, as I work to add some order to my life, that I think of my grandfather. He lived to be 93 and he didn’t spend much of that time wrestling with ambiguity. He was organized. He didn’t have an accent or an overtly ethnic name, but his love of details and his allergic reaction to “winging it” was proof enough of his German upbringing. 

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How To Teach Your Kids Grit

All of this happened because a third-grader wondered how it could be done and his parents met him halfway. They connected him with people in the community that did the same. On and on it went until an extraordinary vision was realized by an entire community.

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Steven Markel
What My Best Friend's Cancer Taught Me About Courage

Today, courage for me looks like: tears streaming down my face when someone discloses their suffering or pain. It means sharing the words “I have no idea how you’ve been coping with this” and “I don’t have the words, but I’m willing to sit with you and experience what you’re experiencing and we can navigate this together."

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Steven Markel
Building Your Kid’s Moral Compass One Piece at a Time

So far, all I’ve come up with is this: the best thing I can do as a father is build the kind of moral compass within my daughter that steers her away from making bad decisions. That compass is made of experiences, whether they’re good or bad, accumulated over many years. It’s also made of shared stories about my own experiences, whether they’re good or bad.

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Steven Markel
Temperance—A Hinge on the Door of Character

You may, like I sometimes did, feel guilt, frustration, or even sadness when you can’t provide for your children’s wishes, cater to their tastes, or respond to many of their requests. But just think: perhaps not having exactly what they want, when they want it, is helping secure a vital hinge in their character that will open the door to a life of balance and moderation. And don’t we all need more of that?

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Steven Markel