Blackland Prairie Elementary Watch D.O.G.S. Dads Kick-Off The School Year With Pizza And Training

Watch D.O.G.S. - Dads Of Great StudentsThe school year is well underway, and kids and teachers are back in their routine. Parents are too. Moms and dads everywhere are going through the same old morning routine. Part of that routine is going through check lists before their kids leave the house. Are they dressed appropriately? Are their book bags full? Are their lunches packed? Are the gym bags ready with clean shorts and t-shirts? The list goes on and on.

When the checking is done, we send them out the door to catch the bus, or we load them in the minivan so we can drop them off by the flag pole. Okay, that job’s done now and we can get to work. We don’t have to worry about anything until it’s time to pick them up again. It’s all good. Just set and forget, right?

Well, not so much anymore. I think we all know how much things have changed.

It’s not a good idea to assume your kids are fine on autopilot. A lot of your kid’s life happens between dropping them off and picking them up.  It’s a good idea to know about that stuff. It’s an even a better idea to spend some time there so you know exactly what’s going on. [Read more…]

Watch D.O.G.S. In Williamson County Making A Difference In Our Schools For Our Kids

Watch D.O.G.S.It is such a cliché now, so I imagine we have all heard the old saying that “kids don’t come with owner’s manuals.” I get it. Raising kids is a difficult process left mainly to clueless young people with more passion than understanding. You would think that a little practical help raising your kids would be welcomed, right? Not so much, now that I honestly think about it. I seriously doubt now that it really would have mattered much anyway if my kids had arrived with instructions, because, I am sad to say, that I am pretty sure I wouldn’t have read them. Just like the kitchen island I put together for my wife while we were young, I’m sure I would have looked at the pictures, checked to make sure all of the parts were there, and got on with it. Instructions – bah – they are for the weak.

As I remember it, the kitchen island turned out pretty well. I think all I needed to get it done was a screw driver and good light – pretty simple, really. Now my kids, especially my daughter, were a different story all together. It was a lot more complex than putting together the kitchen island, and boy did I manage to make a lot of mistakes – a lot. Sometimes I just look at the ceiling and shake my head and wonder how they made it to adulthood and in such good condition. They turned out pretty well too so God must have had His angels doing double duty for my poor kids.

The other cliché you hear is that “kids are resilient.” That is a good one, and I think what that means to a lot of adults is that kids are like small, well-made warplanes; they can take a lot of battle damage and still make it back to base. Now that’s just stupid. Yes kids are resilient – thank God – but they are also human beings, and although they may be able to survive a lot of our mistakes, it would be better if those mistakes weren’t made to begin with. One big mistake that I made was that I was not as involved with my children’s school as I should have been. Helping with homework and science fair projects just wasn’t enough. I needed to be there – at school – with them. [Read more…]