May 17, 2021

Attitude and Effort

There are many factors that contribute to success, but so much of success is about attitude and effort. Coach Larry Hays, former Texas Tech University head baseball coach and the fourth winningest college baseball coach of all times, highlighted these two important factors for his team with the following formula: ATTITUDE + EFFORT + EVERYDAY […]

Thanksgiving Week: A Time for Gratitude

Thanksgiving week is a time for gratitude. That’s why it’s one of my favorite times of the year. Late fall brings a noticeable change in the weather and the anticipation of the religious and commercial holiday season. But “Thanksgiving Day” is a time for families, good food and bringing a focus of our attention to […]

The Target as a Portable Model

Let’s use the target as a portable model. Effective and portable models help in our understanding of just about anything and they enable us to pick them up and take them with us. A target, for instance, has a center that we refer to as the “bull’s-eye.” Any time we’re able to hit the target, […]

Dangerous Times: The Lighthouse and the Seagull

It’s time for all parents and grandparents to make a stand! Our children―of all ethnicity and cultures―are at great risk and many have already succumbed to the pressures of popular media, reckless purveyors of divisive propaganda, poverty, ignorance and family disintegration …to name a few. Individually, we will not be able to reverse these pressures. […]

Summertime Survival/Flourishing Plan

Is it time to develop your “Summertime Survival/Flourishing Plan,” moms and dads? Let me make a suggestion or two and let’s keep it simple and on point. Your job is to set up and manage the environment effectively so your children can make good choices. This will take a plan with a reasonable structure that […]

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to all of our Fathers, Grandfathers, Great Grandfathers and all others who purposefully play the role of a father. We need you! The whole world needs you to be dedicated to your role as a loving, encouraging, teaching and connected presence. This is a special role that only you can fill. It’s […]

Meaning and Memories

It’s been about eight months since the last “From Grampy’s Rocker” blog. I guess you could say I’ve been “off my rocker” since then.  Well, I’m back on my rocker and am ready to talk some “Grampy smack.” Lately, I’ve been thinking about meaning and memories and how they’re related to what I do 24/7. […]

Intention Deficit Disorder

By now, we have all heard of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD…a very real disorder). This disorder can be a significant problem for about eight percent of our population. The specific difficulties can vary, but the overall problem is related to performance issues associated with poor regulation of attention, impulsivity, hyperactivity (poorly controlled motor activity) […]

The Sacrificial Love of a Mother

This Sunday, I’m hopeful we’ll pause and reflect on the sacrificial love of a mother…especially yours, your children’s and your grandchildren’s. These are uniquely special people who provide sacrificial love while fulfilling a role that only they can. In doing so―day after day―they “create” a unique bond with their children that literally changes our world […]

A Loving Heart is The Truest Wisdom

“A Loving Heart is The Truest Wisdom” ~ Charles Dickens   I’ve been thinking about last week’s blog: The Opposites Principle. When I wrote it I was thinking about how powerful this natural principle is in all of our lives…primarily our children’s life. Since the writing we have experienced a shocking example of evil and […]