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Buy Some Marbles to Slow Down

by Michael Holland -   As our kids hit momentous milestones in life, we often reflect on how fast they are growing up. They pass these milestones- your preschooler “graduating” at the end of the year; your middle school daughter going to the school dance; your 17-year-old son driving off for his first solo drive after [...]

By |2018-06-06T17:01:51+00:00June 6th, 2018|Fathering Moments|0 Comments

Fathers are Hidden Under the Sailboat

by Michael Holland     During a summer evening on the Magothy River, one of the large rivers feeding the famous Chesapeake Bay, I witnessed a beautiful sailing race: 40 or 50 sailboats tacked back and forth along the river, each one maneuvering to catch the wind perfectly and take advantage of a competitor.  From far away [...]

By |2018-01-23T17:54:01+00:00January 23rd, 2018|Fathering Moments|0 Comments

The Problem With Forcing Our Lenses Onto Our Kids

By Michael Holland There are times as a father when I believe I'm being very open and un-controlling.   I express my concerns or thoughts and then leave it up to my kids to make the decisions they think best for themselves.  But there are subtle ways that we still control our kids, even if [...]

By |2018-12-04T15:47:32+00:00October 14th, 2017|Fathering Moments|0 Comments

The Tension of the College Major Question

by Michael Holland      By the time my oldest son was a sophomore in college, he had been asked the question "what's your major" at least 1,000 times.  This question started to come up in middle school: casually at first, both at school and with us, his ever-concerned parents.  Steady progression of the question continued [...]

By |2018-12-04T15:47:33+00:00July 31st, 2017|Fathering Moments|0 Comments

Just a Dad Coaching From the Stands

By Michael Holland   There’s the old coach, sitting on the top row of the bleachers watching the game.  He smiles slightly, watching the players move gracefully across the field. He admires the intensity of the coaches as they offer quiet encouragement or bark out directives.  He remembers his early days on the sideline, and [...]

By |2017-03-12T11:06:25+00:00March 12th, 2017|Fathering Moments|2 Comments

Remembering Our Original Commitments

by Michael Holland      In our fast-track worlds, we all develop a priority system that helps us to make sure we are accomplishing as much as humanly possible.  The reality is that we’re actually over-committed most of the time, which results in us stealing a bit of time from here and a bit of [...]

By |2016-10-28T10:54:27+00:00October 28th, 2016|Fathering Moments|0 Comments

Game Time: Answering a 15-Year-Old’s Question on Jesus

by Michael Holland      "Why is it so hard for my friend who's Catholic to understand I'm a Follower of Jesus Christ?" What a great question my then son brought to us late one night.  I love these fathering moments: the ones when you are put on the spot to answer for a 15-year-old a question [...]

By |2016-08-13T08:39:48+00:00August 13th, 2016|Fathering Moments|0 Comments

The $10 App: Practical Fathering or Inspirational Fathering

By Michael Holland      We fathers work hard to provide for our families. We work to instill core beliefs in our kids that will ideally guide them to develop critical thinking skills.  So when my 17-year-old daughter came to me one night and asked for a favor, I was a bit surprised:  she wanted to [...]

By |2016-04-02T10:22:17+00:00April 2nd, 2016|Fathering Moments|0 Comments

Read the Clues of Your Kids

by Michael Holland As fathers, we race through our days, slaying the beasts in the wilderness to create a safe home at night.  Sometimes we're so busy protecting our kids that we forget to take the time to actually see how they engage with the environment surrounding them. More importantly, we sometimes forget to watch [...]

By |2016-03-21T17:32:11+00:00March 11th, 2016|Fathering Moments|0 Comments

Movie Review of Your Kids

by Michael Holland      As you eat breakfast, make mental notes on some aspect of each of your kids’ activities from the previous day or evening.   Visualize the situation and make a mental movie of the impact of the activity or behavior had on them and/or others. During your afternoon commute home, take [...]

By |2016-03-21T17:26:15+00:00February 26th, 2016|Fathering Moments|0 Comments