Rob and Ben

Your Family is a Blessing So Stop StressingOut

  • The early months with a newborn are not the only years of exhaustion. Until the elusive extra-long vacation arrives on the backs of magical fairy wings, here are a few things to know.
  • Some families don’t pay their kids for doing chores and some do; some give allowances and other’s don’t. Keeping the end goal in mind and taking steps toward it is what’s most important.
  • Here are 7 essential phrases sons need to hear from their moms to feel valued and capable later in life.
  • “Read it again, Grandma! Please.” “But, honey, we have read this same book three times.” “I know, just one more time, please?” Children love to be read to and many have a favorite book they like to read over and over again. What a great way to instill a love of reading into children. Reading is a great activity for grandparents and grandchildren to do together. You can do it while snuggling and the grandchildren will benefit from the physical […]
  • With all of America held up at home at the moment, it may be a good time to fit in a few more “family movie nights.” You know, those lazy evenings where everyone gets into jammies a little early, popcorn fills everyone's bowls, blankets cover the couch, and you all snuggle up together for some relaxation.Choosing a movie that everyone will enjoy can be a nice distraction from the stress that our changed routines inevitably brings.  In our house, we […]
  • My grandmother had a huge impact on my life, both physically and spiritually. She lived next door to me, so I spent a lot of weekends with her, sleeping over her house, playing games, and chatting. She also took me to church every Sunday. If it were not for her influence in my life, I don’t think I would be the person I am today, and I’d like to think my presence in her life made her life more youthful, […]

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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