Author: Reggie Joiner

Time to Refuel

Sometimes the most important thing that can happen in your kid’s life is what happens in your life. For me, the race to nowhere started at age seventeen. I took extra courses in high school, played varsity baseball, worked two jobs, and traveled with a music group. When my grades started slipping, my Latin teacher confronted me after class. Mrs. Culbreth said, “If you don’t slow down, you’re gonna burn out by thirty.” I laughed, patted her on the shoulder, and got busy doing more important stuff. I remember wondering as I walked away, “Why thirty?” I completely forgot...

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Catch Them Doing It Right

Several years ago, our team was asked to design a program to help public schools teach kids character. One of the tools we provided was a “Value-able” card to award a child with free ice cream when they did something that demonstrated respect, responsibility, or kindness. We gave out enough cards so teachers could catch every kid doing something right at least once a month. But at the end of the first month, 90% of the cards had not been given out. We realized that a lot of teachers, much like many parents, were so programmed to correct kids behavior...

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One Question Every Daughter Should Answer About Dating

I have three daughters. So I have been through the ups and downs of dozens of dating relationships at our house. And now that my daughters are in their twenties, I think it may be safe to talk a little about what I experienced watching them date as teenagers. I can honestly say, for the most part, I enjoyed building relationships with a number of guys they dated. There were actually times when I was sad when one of the girls broke up with a boyfriend because I kind of had to break up with him too. (I wish...

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Things Change – So We Did Too

Since we launched this parenting blog in 2009, some of us have . . . Lost well over 2,000 hours of sleep Changed approximately 14,560 diapers Watched Toy Story 2 . . . 65 times Spent about $200 on teeth we don’t know what do to with Sat through somewhere around 595 hours of soccer practice Ordered 120 supreme pizzas Washed and folded about 2,000 loads of laundry As parents, life moves pretty fast. And things change. That’s why we thought it might be time to change some things up here, too. After five great years of Orange Parents, we are...

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Celebrate Uniqueness

Photo by Reggie Joiner Who I am is determined by a combination of things like: My past experiences My significant relationships My personal interests My spiritual beliefs My personality traits My physical characteristics My natural talents Each one of these things plays a role in shaping your child’s identity. Sure, there may be a host of people who have things in common with your child in each of these areas, but no one has the same combinations as your individual son or daughter. So, as parents, these issues become a way for us to think about the uniqueness of...

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