Everyone’s A Critic

Music, and talent with it runs deep in my family. My children have it, like their father has it, and his father has it, and his father had it. Music saturates the backdrop and ambience of my childhood memories. It is also quite important to my sons. My eldest composed one of the most beautifulContinue reading

Amazing Boy With Amazing Parents

The word “amazing” tends to get overused these days… like “awesome,” and “literally.” I am loathe to contribute to such overuse, but this little boy is amazing. In fact, that word doesn’t do this boy, nor his amazing parents any justice at all. Young Noah Wall developed a rare form of spina bifida while inContinue reading

Fighting Against Hostile-Aggressive Parenting

Hostile-Aggressive parenting is another evil that often raises its head in split custody arrangements after divorce. It is one methodology used by a parent to degrade the child’s view, perception of, or thoughts about the other parent. With the absence already an issue, this method can have far-reaching and long-lasting, deleterious effects on your kids,Continue reading

Parental Alienation – A Peek Inside

  Parental alienation is a nasty, nasty thing. I know from personal experience, unfortunately. Parental alienation is passive or active, and the two methods are often combined to compliment each other. The alienating parent has let their need to be right, or their pain and indignation override sound judgment. They speak negatively to their kidsContinue reading

Big Part of Being an Example

Example is one of the two primary themes here at No More Cages, along with commitment to our kids. Today, it is too easy to get bogged down in the every-day minutiae. Day by day, we lose a little… something… we lose some small part of what we once were, or we once participated in,Continue reading

Stepdads: a powerful and encouraging insight

To my fellow Stepdads, Like you, I made a choice to take on two precious angels as my own, and I’ve never looked back. To all of you with that same commitment and understanding, I salute you. My Dad (“Step” Dad) chose my sister and I, but it took me a long time to contemplateContinue reading

This Is Commitment

Six months ago or so, I reconnected with my former squadron commander from the 31st Logistics Readiness Squadron at Aviano Air Base in Italy. Through messages back and forth, I learned he had done something incredible for his family. Here we talk about commitment to our children, no matter what, and what he did demonstratedContinue reading

Home School Education for kids with Dad

  I’m not the hardest working guy in the world, but I know what it is to work hard. Really hard. Setting up our home school was not hard, per se, but the research for curricula, equipment and the like was time-consuming and somewhat tedious. Preparing to home school my daughters was a lot moreContinue reading

You’ll Never Know

“You’ll never know how much I love you.” Did you ever hear this as a kid? I did. Of course I know my parents were simply trying to say they loved me more than I could understand. They were right. It may sound odd, but I thought a long time about that phrase and it’sContinue reading

Sharing a Victory

I certainly hope no one believes just because I do “this” for a living that our kids never have bad attitudes, disagreements, bickering, fighting and the like. I believe I do what I do very well, but our kids are still learning and growing. We still deal with these things like everyone else. I leaveContinue reading