Rob and Ben

Your Family is a Blessing So Stop StressingOut

  • Whether you interpret Proverbs 22:6 as a promise for raising your kids “in the Lord” or a warning about not doing so, there’s one thing we know: what you do as a parent matters and it will lead to results.
  • I have been sitting on the edge of my seat for the past two weeks as I’ve been following just about every news article and local report for my school district.Tonight, our school board will deliberate and determine what the public school system will be doing this fall. Perhaps another semester of online learning or maybe a hybrid model. As of now I have no clue, I know nothing, other than the fact that I’m parenting a 5-year-old who is […]
  • Just when we thought it might be safe to go out again, another social crisis developed, and then we learned of new, increasing spread of the virus with no seemingly easy answers. Racism in the US’s system is being exposed left and right. Political tensions are rising in Asia, a plague of locusts besets Africa along with the virus, and South America reels from disease too. It seems chaos reigns the world over.We wonder what the future holds for children—our […]
  • Christianity isn’t something that you inherit, like height or eye color. Parents have been given a gift–the gift of influence. Whether it is top of mind for us or not, our children are soaking up everything we say and do, like little sponges.
  • You may have been hoping that they would be back in person school by now, and are struggling with the transition and its demands. Here are 6 tips to get started, but know that it begins with you–the parent!
  • The Opioid crisis touches many families. According to the CDC, more than 750,000 Americans died from overdoses between 1999 and 2018. It’s the leading cause of accidental death in the US. The chance of becoming addicted increases with each additional day of dosage after the third day.

My Stories and Interviews

I have a podcast called Blessing Not Stressing that has new releases as I feel the need to cover a topic.  This usually includes lessons I have learned. a joke, and a blessing of the day.   The lessons may be a cautionary tale or something I have learned from parents that may not have occurred to you.  The blessing is because I like to include a silver lining that can come out of the more trying situations we face and add a touch of humor to the heavier topics.

Check it out on iTunes or Google.

I also post articles periodically on this blog site.  Then I send out updates to a Facebook page and provide multiple updates daily on Twitter (@thebroadhead).

A Geek

In case you are a visitor and you don’t know me yet, allow me to introduce myself.  I’m Rob and I have almost twenty-five years of experience in the IT world.  That experience is as a developer, architect, manager, and designer.  It includes experience with that has used dozens of coding languages.  I have built small and large applications over the years.  Furthermore, I enjoy technology as a user and a creator.  I think that plants me firmly in the “geek” category.

A Dad

I must also introduce my other role as a father of five children.  The load has shrunk as the kids grew up and headed to college, but I still get involved enough to continue to learn how to be a better parent.  It is truly a never-ending task.  That alone gives me more experience with children than most people would want.  However, I must be a glutton for punishment.  I also spent about a decade coaching youth hockey.  Before that, about two decades in youth soccer as a coach, official, and trainer of officials.  That adds up to a lot of interaction with children in the middle school to college age range from a wide variety of backgrounds.

A Wanna-be Jock

My athletic side requires me to introduce my sports background as well.  I have given up soccer for the sport of hockey even though soccer was my sport through most of my life.  Sprinkled among that time I spent a couple of decades playing handball as well.  I guess I had to balance that footwork from soccer with the upper body workout of handball.

Hockey is currently my primary (and almost only) sport.  Thus, I can be found on the ice as a player a couple of nights a week.  That doesn’t include the nights I am in the stands watching the kids play or working on some ballroom dancing moves.  I don’t coach anymore officially, I just yell at the referees like everyone else.  🙂

If my posts seem a little random, I apologize.  This is a medium I find excellent for recording and sharing thoughts and sometimes that leads to a pattern that resembles a stream of consciousness.  If you want to keep to a topic check out the categories menu.  Complaints and suggestions can be posted on articles and I will address them where I can.  Thanks for stopping by!

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