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 | October 14th, 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 | March 12th, 2017|Fathering Moments|2 Comments

What I Learned About Being a Father From Ballet Class

By Michael Holland      In college I had the “opportunity” to take a ballet class for a semester with my girlfriend at-the-time and my two very single roommates.  My understanding and experience in the field of ballet was non-existent, and my appreciation for a dance as a sport was less than mature.  Throughout the course I [...]

By | February 4th, 2017|Man-Up 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 | August 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 | April 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 | March 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 | February 26th, 2016|Fathering Moments|0 Comments

When the Season of Life Doesn’t Turn Out Like You Thought

By Michael Holland We plan and guide and push and pull our kids towards paths that we envision will help them be successful in life.  What's been so interesting for us over the last couple of years is how different the paths our kids have taken have been from our vision.  I find myself in [...]

By | February 13th, 2016|Fathering Moments|Comments Off on When the Season of Life Doesn’t Turn Out Like You Thought

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 [...]

By | August 2nd, 2013|Fathering Moments|0 Comments