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October 29, 2008

For those of you who are not aware, I have three sons. I am convinced that raising boys is probably easier than raising girls. That does not mean it is easy, just easier than girls. There was a situation which arose with one of my sons that made it clear to me that I needed to be more intentional and strategic with the time I spend with them. I have added a new item to my calendar. Once each week, usually on tuesday evening, I take one of my boys out for some time alone together so we can talk. That’s it. There is no big agenda. We just talk. It has been a great time of getting to know my children again. Last night, it was my middle son’s turn. It was a beautiful, chilly evening. We went to Starbuck’s and drank hot chocolate and talked. He sometimes does not talk much. But if you get him alone and ask questions, he will have a great conversation with you. I want my children to know that they can talk to me about anything. This is one of the ways I am setting the stage for that. If you have children, what clear steps are you taking to know them? How are you preparing them for the future? Be sure to comment.

  1. Lisa@BlessedwithGrace permalink

    That is a great idea. I love the “My Three Sons” pictures. Ha ha . Haven’t thought of that show in years. But, it is really your house!

  2. Liz permalink

    John, I love this! Larry & I try to have "dates" with our kids periodically. But aside from those sweet one on one days/evenings for our dates, we spend a lot of time just talking to the kids individually & as a group whenever they want to talk. (of course, we also spend a lot of time telling them each to shut up b/c we have borne a brood of chatty kids who never hush!) Honestly, I think that's the best thing you can do. Talk, talk, talk, talk. And yes…in many ways, raising 3 boys IS easier than 3 girls!

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