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You’re Not My Kids’ Dad. I am.

My family and I are moving. This means visiting houses. In our case, this frequently means visiting houses with 5 small boys in tow — our 6 year old, 5 year old, 4 year old, 2 year old and 6 month old sons. (Yes, I know what causes this.) Recently we were at a house … Continue reading »

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A Lesson From Dad

One evening when I was 13 years old my dad arrived home from work unusually late. The bus that took him from downtown to our home didn’t show up because of a mechanical failure. He told me to get in the car with him. Dad was driving the few miles back to the bus stop … Continue reading »

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Valentine’s Day Part 4: The Hidden Value

Last Sunday at church I was joking with the mom of a particularly cute three year old girl. “You do realize that once she’s of marrying age she’ll no doubt be courted by all four of my boys.” And that brings us to the last Valentine’s post for 2012 and the most important. One of … Continue reading »

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Selfish Slacker Nancy Boys Don’t Read Their Kids Bedtime Stories. Real Men Do.

Don’t forget to give us some Facebook lovin’.Please like us and share us on your wall. If you’re looking for a post on finding the perfect suit… If you want to find out how to choose the perfect wine… If you want to debate the advantages of different martial art styles… If you want yet … Continue reading »

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Wood For Winter, Part 2

Don’t forget to give us some Facebook love. Please like us and share us on your wall. Back in July there was an OSR post — Are You Old School Enough To Swing An Ax? Get Your Wood Now, Nancy Boy! Now the much awaited part 2. The hundreds of Dinty Moore stew eatin’, Babe … Continue reading »

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Muck Boots

Don’t forget to give us some Facebook love. Please like us and share us on your wall. Today I woke up at 630 am. I slept in. Looked at the thermostat. I was happy to see the wood/coal furnace was still keeping things warm, but I suspected it was low on wood. I walked the 150 … Continue reading »

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December is Official Old School Month

Don’t forget to give us some Facebook love. Please like us and share us on your wall. Christmas! Eggnog! Mistletoe! Gifts! Great Food! Parties! Christmas Eve Services! Chestnuts roasting on an open fire! Big funky, cheesy, electricity-sucking holiday light displays!! Welcome to December, my friend. I love this time of year and I wanted to … Continue reading »

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Bribe Your Children With Candy

My day job has me working with hundreds of educators. The ones I seem to have the best connection with are the ones that are  the most — surprise — Old School. These are the teachers, principals and counselors that embody the most Old School values and common sense despite the ton of paperwork, testing … Continue reading »

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Making Boys Into Men: A Small Step

A few months ago a friend of mine, Aaron, and I were discussing Vern Poythress, a professor at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.  Dr. Poythress had taken an unusual approach to raising his sons. Dr. Poythress essentially has borrowed from the Jewish tradition of  training and ceremony that is the bar mitzvah and put it … Continue reading »

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Killer Piñatas

While you’re here, check out the BIG CONTEST page and win!   I have three sons ages four, three and two. My children are in the stage of life when they are invited to many birthday parties. I manage to attend some of these, too. So lately I’ve been seeing a lot of piñatas. There are … Continue reading »

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