Rob and Ben

Your Family is a Blessing So Stop StressingOut

  • Our world seems even more fear-driven than the remembrances of my childhood nightmares. The newspaper headlines scream fear. As parents, how do we raise faithful children in a fear-driven world?
  • Elders need those who are younger to lovingly listen, respect, and connect with them. Younger folks need those of us who are older to let go, keep up, and show more of Jesus.
  • Upon finding out I was pregnant with my first child, I raced to the bookstore down the street. I wanted to be prepared for this long anticipated season of life, so I purchased a popular book an raising young children.However, in the 20 plus years since I bought that book, I have found myself repeating “THAT was not in the book!”Some of the situations that demand that mantra are those unexpected but somewhat normal moments which are common to many […]
  • The opposite of love is not hate, it’s fear. Fear is the greatest thief of our life, and no stranger to us as single parents.
  • Early parenthood is lived as a blur.  The details swirl together, nights run into the daytime, sleep is in short supply, and the survival of all involved takes what feels like a massive effort. This season can start to take a toll on your mental well-being, relationships, and ability to thrive in other aspects of your life.  When sleep is in short-supply basic tasks can start to feel overwhelming. The events of a day can start to feel fuzzy in our […]
  • Parents have a profound impact on their children’s view of life, the world around them, and of God.While every parent makes mistakes, there are some behaviors that can impact a child well into adulthood and even become stumbling blocks to their relationship with the Lord.The good thing is, these profound impacts are not permanent. God can take every parental mistake and turn it into good. After all, He is faithful and just to forgive when we confess our sins to […]

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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