#itsdad ~ Self-Esteem Comes From Yourself

“Self-esteem is the reputation we acquire with ourselves.” ~Nathaniel Branden Hey guys! It’s dad. First, I love you. You’re wonderfully, beautifully, perfectly human. 5 Words. Right? Just the way you are! So what is self esteem? Self-esteem is how we see ourselves and how we value ourselves. It’s based on our opinions and beliefs aboutContinue reading “#itsdad ~ Self-Esteem Comes From Yourself”

#itsdad – The Surfer’s Mindset

Hey guys! It’s Dad. I’ve been throwing around this idea for quite some time; that surfing is a sort of metaphor for life. Not only that events in life come through in waves, but how we surf those waves ultimately determines our happiness. It all kinda sorted itself out when I saw a social mediaContinue reading “#itsdad – The Surfer’s Mindset”

#itsdad – Love is a Verb

Hey Guys! It’s Dad! I don’t often quote the Bible, but this one sure fits the idea I wanted to share with you today. “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” ~John 3:18 “I love you.” When those words are sincere, heartfelt, there’s almost no betterContinue reading “#itsdad – Love is a Verb”

#itsdad ~ Dance like EVERYBODY’S watching!

“Dance like nobody’s watching; love like you’ve never been hurt. Sing like nobody’s listening. Live like it’s heaven on earth.” ~ Mark Twain Hey guys! It’s dad. You can probably relate to this one. I’ve heard and seen every iteration of this ubiquitous Mark Twain quote. I’ve seen it everywhere, from social media posts toContinue reading “#itsdad ~ Dance like EVERYBODY’S watching!”

#itsdad ~ Fear The Devil You Know

I have read and heard countless fables, clichés, and moral tales over the years, yet here’s one guiding thought that sure doesn’t feel like it’s guiding us any nearer to happiness! Is it guiding us toward safety? Maybe. Stability? Perhaps. Consistency? Absolutely! And consistency is awesome…uhhh…unless you’re not feeling fulfilled in your current life circumstance.Continue reading “#itsdad ~ Fear The Devil You Know”

#itsdad ~ The Strength In Our Scars

“Don’t look where you fell. Look where you slipped.” ~ African Proverb. Yeah. Dad’s unusual, to say the least, but I see scars as something beautiful. Maybe I have to or I could never see myself as whole, but I think that scars, the marks on our bodies that tell our most personal and transformativeContinue reading “#itsdad ~ The Strength In Our Scars”

#ItsDad ~ You Aren’t Angry

This isn’t semantics, guys, so grab some chips and dip, and lets dig in. Words are powerful. Words hurt people and heal people. Words start wars and end them. And although this post might initially seem like a play on words or a clever attempt to get you to see something from a new pointContinue reading “#ItsDad ~ You Aren’t Angry”

#Itsdad ~ Take Your Humility With a Grain of Salt

“Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.” ~ Saint Augustine Hey guys! It’s Dad This is a quick one, but boy has it stuck with me! It’s about humility (being humble), and a simple strategy or point of viewContinue reading “#Itsdad ~ Take Your Humility With a Grain of Salt”

#Itsdad ~ It’s Not What You want. It’s Why You Want It?

Hey Guys! It’s Dad. I’ve recently experienced something that has allowed me to be, or I supposed it’s enabled me to be, my very best and most authentic self. I think you’ve seen that. I’m finally becoming the best version of myself, full stop. That said, I’m 54. It’s taken me this long to startContinue reading “#Itsdad ~ It’s Not What You want. It’s Why You Want It?”

I Have a few Students who are So Low!

Since 2004 I’ve taught 4th and 5th grades, middle school, high school, and I’ve been an adjunct professor. I’ve watched, studied, discussed, and reflected on laws and national education policies and practices that seem to change faster than teachers can truly master them. And all with the intention of helping struggling students to finally succeed.Continue reading “I Have a few Students who are So Low!”