"Daddy, can I tell you something?"

My boys know that if they tell me the truth, I am more likely to hear them out and less likely to get upset. In honesty, I support them. When they lie to me, that is a different situation where trust is lacking and needs to be built. Lying produces frustration, on my part, not of the action they are lying about but because of the lying itself. So, I gave them a safe space and instructions on how to use it.

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Observing Love

Being a parent is one of the most difficult, thankless, blissful, terrifying, and fun responsibility you can ever have in life. As parents, we want to teach our kids everything we know and show them the way in life. We want to keep them from harm by providing rules, lectures, and natural opportunities to teach them valuable life skills. At the end of the day, we want them to survive this crazy and beautiful world.

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Kids These Days

We didn’t have cell phones with constant access to entertainment at our finger tips. We were lucky to have a beeper or pager, but if you didn’t have a quarter for the pay phone or the secretary in the school office wasn’t cool, you couldn’t call anyone back. We didn’t need constant stimulation; we knew what being bored was all about.

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Timely Help

Over the following three weeks, I called him twice and sent two or three text messages to his phone but he never responded. I reached back out to Peggy to tell her I cannot help someone who is not asking for help or seeking help. I had done all I could at the time.

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Pain & Joy

As I look back on it, I realize I made a mistake as well. In my pain, I forgot to see the pleasure. I forgot to see my Mom. She had been there for me all year, at my games, supporting me in every endeavor, taking care of our family, and busting her ass at work every day so we didn’t go without. I should have hugged my Mom. I should have thanked her. I should have loved her in that moment. I should have held my head my high, proud of her. This is my biggest regret from that day.

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Seek Engagement

I am energized by the three little ones running around the house and the various ages of children to young adults I work with every day. The lessons I draw from their existence is priceless in my own seeking, which is the natural predisposition of a human being. We seek to discover and enjoy. We seek the truth. We seek thrills and danger. We seek safety and comfort. We seek engagement and experience, as exemplified by my interaction this morning.

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How to Discipline Your Kids

“How do you discipline your kids?” It is a common question I receive but it’s the wrong use of the word discipline. For the sake of my argument, a simple Google search of the word “discipline,” gives the following definition:

The practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior, using punishment to correct disobedience.

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A Letter to my Son... Happy Birthday!

Dear Ayvren,

Today, my first-born, you turn 10 years old! That is amazing to me that you have been alive for a decade. A week prior to your birth, Mommy and I had attended our last birthing class. The advice I remember the most was to have Mommy walk around if she thought she was having contractions. This is where I learned about Braxton Hicks contractions and how walking could help calm the abdomen. That week we took a walk every night, thinking about how we were going to meet you very soon. Then, in the wee hours of the night, Mommy nudged me awake. She said she was having contractions and she thinks you were on your way. The advice from the teacher entered my drowsy brain and I responded, “It’s Braxton Hicks. Just walk in a circle.”

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"Are you okay?"

At the age of 16, for my birthday, my Dad bought me a 1983 Pontiac Brougham. We called it the Bro-Ham. It was money green with mirror tint on the bottom and had close to $12,000 worth of stereo equipment in the trunk (had to have been stolen, the car only cost $2,500). I was in heaven. The car was old. We had to fill the radiator with water every morning and the front right tire was a spare (or as we call it a donut). We also had a second donut in the trunk in case of an emergency. I would ride around with my friends, blasting music. It was a reward for always keeping my grades up and doing well in sports. Though I was a good kid, I still have a checkered past. This particular blotch on my record happened the night of Winter Formal, my junior year of high school.

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Reverse Engineer Parenting (R.E.P.)

Parents, please take the time to watch this. This video is straight from the heart.

Online course and workbook, accompanied by embedded videos to help parents be the greatest possible parent by becoming their greatest self. This course has zero fluff, a straight forward step-by-step process to follow, easy to read and implement, and over delivers in value. The course was created to be affordable for any parent.

Thank you for your time and consideration. With Love & Respect, Dr. Antonio M. Harrison

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