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Dads, look for opportunities to give your wife a hug.

Dads (or anyone), are you hosting holiday gatherings sometime in the month of December? Do you have more clutter to remove (prior to guest arrival) than you’d care to admit? Why then, perhaps a sign like one we recently put up might prove helpful – check it out!



SAM_5179Now you’ve got a handy place to put all of your extra items and your guests will be none the wiser!

Here’s the text – which you can easily copy into any word processing software and print out:

Hello Guest – We’re glad you’re – What?

You’re interested in what’s behind this shut door?

Oh, It’s just … you know … it’s a room.

Oh, wait …. Are you thinking that as we cleaned up and decluttered our house for this gathering we put all of the extra stuff in this room? You’re thinking if you opened this door you’d find a big giant mess?

Hahahaha … that’s … really, really funny!

No, no, no, no, no.   No. Why would we do that? We don’t actually have clutter or … really any mess at all on a regular basis. It’s fine. You’d probably be bored if you opened this door. Or envious at the completeness of its non-messy-ness. And I don’t want to be a part of causing you to be envious.

So, how about let’s go look at other parts of the house? Maybe the den? Oh, that’s right, we don’t have a den. Maybe the entryway?


Dads, if your kids are growing and your wife is pregnant or nursing, it’s possible that you’re the person who’s body could best handle skipping a meal. So consider not taking the biggest piece of meat or spoonful of mashed potatoes.

Dads, teach this to your sons and daughters:

Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.

(James 4:11 ESV)

Add the word “sister” in there. Teach them what you think it means.

Dads, if you have the resources, go buy two of these:











… and the next time you and your wife have a free hour, go get some cool drinks, find a nice park and sit and talk. It will be a blessing to both of you.


[Another Perhaps-more-helpful-for-large-families tip]

I have a little ritual I do at family meal times, right before I pray. I say, “Love, Joy, Peace”. This is my indicator that I’m about to pray (or ask someone else to) and that all talking (and other activity) should stop.

It works. When they hear those words, it becomes quiet fairly quickly. At least for those few moments. And then, after I say “Amen”, it goes back to the general din of family chatter.

[This might be helpful for all families, but I think it’s especially helpful for large families]

Dads, at the dinner table, my wife and I tell our kids a modified version of Luke 19:26:

‘We tell you that to everyone who eats, more will be given, but from the one who eats not, even what he has will be taken away.’

In The Pastor’s Kid author Barnabas Piper gives advice to Pastors that I will generalize to all dads:

Dads, don’t just say, “I’m a sinner” when talking to your kids, admit and apologize for real and specific sinful deeds done against them.

Dads, encourage your children to determine and then consider the message or idea encouraged by every book or comic they read, every song they hear,  and every TV show or movie they watch.

And this includes subtext or implied messages.


[This might be helpful for all families, but I think it’s especially helpful for large families]

Dads, invest in a water bottle for each of your kids. Choose different colors so they immediately recognize theirs.
– Good for picnics.
– Bring them on Vacations.
– If you’re going to an informal gathering, bring them along.

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