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Logan, Hayden and Madison. Photo taken by my cousin Nada from Loresh Photography

As many of you would already be aware, I have three great kids.  Hayden almost seven and Madison and Logan are now four.

They are growing up very quickly, but the temptation sometimes as a parent is to wish that they were older and more independent or pine for the days when they were cute little babies.

It’s hard work being a parent and the sleep deprivation, lack of peace and quiet, tantrums and petty arguments that we are experiencing at the moment can cause me to not appreciate my kids as much as I should.

As such, this list is as much more about me developing a proper perspective of gratitude than anything else.  If you’re in a similar situation, I hope that you find this list helpful.

So here are the 10 reasons why I appreciate my beautiful kids just as they are: Read the rest of this entry »

Today is the third birthday of our beautiful twins, Madison and Logan.

As a parent, it’s a day of immense pride and to celebrate the day with these special kids is one of the coolest things that I get to do as a parent.

When I tell people that I have twins, one statement invariably comes up as a response, “You must have your hands full.”

That’s certainly true.

It been one of the most challenging periods of our lives and sometimes we wonder how we’ve survived.

But we have survived and here are a few things that we have learned on how to survive the first few years of twins.

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“Daddy, do you love me?”

Wow!  As a parent, I go straight into panic mode when I hear those words.

“Of course!  Why do you ask?  I tell you all the time!”  The responses come thick and fast as I attempt to overcome any concerns my kids may have that they’re not loved.

As I consider the gravity of this question, I can’t help but be challenged to ensure that each of my children (and my wife for that matter) know without a shadow of doubt that they are loved.

Here are four ways to get me started:

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Me and my first-born, Hayden.

 

  I can still remember the moment when my first-born, Hayden came into the world.  The amazing sense of relief, love and then…panic!  

What do we do now?  Where’s the instruction manual?    

The nurses in the hospital were so brilliant as they showed me how to give Hayden his first bath and get him dressed in his little outfit for the first time.  Then, as I held him in my arms they left the room.  Aaaaaargh!  What do I do now?Whilst I don’t claim to have all of the answers and there still isn’t a manual that comes with parenthood, this post is designed to assist first-time parents with some of the dilemmas that they face as well as allowing others to add their tips in comments at the bottom.    

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One of the greatest legacies that we can give to our children is confidence. 

Having confidence will assist your children in their schooling, help them develop meaningful relationships, assist them in making better decisions as teenagers and be a great starting point for a successful career. 

So what are a few ways we can assist our kids in developing confidence?

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