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Celebrating 5 Years of Pro-Active Parent Coaching

book coverIt’s incredibly hard to believe  5 years has passed since this work of the heart was published.  A lot of water has gone under the proverbial bridge.  I’m humbled to think of what God can bring out of a small town in Nova Scotia.

We’ve been graciously given the opportunity to connect with people, church family’s, and coaches around the world to communicate the message of hope for families.  The workshops and book is currently in or in process of being translated and presented in 4 languages.  This in itself is very humbling for us as a family.

As our children have matured, they have taken on a greater role in offering their insight at our Parent Coaching Workshops.  This has given participants the perspective of children/teens growing up in a coaching culture.  It does my heart good to see that what we began promoting so many years ago, is being lived out all around us.

Today we celebrate five years from the release of Pro-Active Parent Coaching and we are deeply thankful for the opportunity we’ve been given to serve you.

We look forward with great anticipation as what lies ahead.

Thank you
Your friends and Pro-Active Parent Coaches
Greg, Lynn, Katelyn, Hannah, and Joshua Bland

Fathers, You Can’t Afford a Stay-at-Home Mom

stay-at-home-mom-gregory-blandI’ve had this thought in my head for a while now. I’ve been thinking that I can’t afford for my wife to be a Stay-At-Home Mom. Now, I don’t at all mean to offend anyone with this post. I just have to say that for me personally, I can’t afford it. I’d like to explain exactly what I mean by that so that no one thinks I’m in any way devaluing Stay-At-Home Moms. On the contrary, I mean that I quite literally cannot afford my wife to be staying at home. Here’s why…

My wife stays home and takes care of our son every single day. She changes his diapers, feeds him, plays with him, puts him down for his nap, and comforts him when he’s upset. And that’s just the bare minimum. A child can typically get that attention at a day-care. But on top of that, he is her only focus. There’s no other children to tend to. He gets all of her. All of her love, all of her time, all of her energy. She is always there, always near, and always listening. Obviously, this is part of being a parent. You take care of your child and you raise your child. But let’s face it. In our day and age, every service (and I mean EVERY service) is hireable. There is a company ready and willing to do just about anything. So while, yes, my wife is my son’s mother and it is a natural result of being a parent to love and care for your own child, there is also a very quantifiable dollar amount that can be attributed to the services rendered. I am in no way trying to simplify, objectify, or devalue the priceless love of a mother for her child. But let’s be real. Pay day feels good for a reason. Because you’re seeing your hard work appreciated in a tangible way that lets you “treat yo self”. And this is exactly why I can’t afford my wife being a Stay-At-Home Mom. The national average weekly salary for a full-time nanny is $705. That’s $36,660 a year.

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My Favourite Christmas Memory by Joshua Bland

gingerbread-houses‘Twas the night before Christmas and we could not sleep, our parents were filling the stockings and putting the presents under the tree. It seemed to take forever for Christmas to finally come. The minutes seemed to creep by as slow as a slug.

I tossed and turned and kept watching the clock. When 6:00 am came, Hannah and I ran to my oldest sister’s room to wake her up. She’s the sleepy head of the family. J

Hannah and I grabbed her by the arms and dragged her out of bed and pulled her to my room. This is where we would open our stockings together. At Christmas we always get to open our stocking’s first before we have our family gathering around the tree. Katelyn, Hannah and I reached into our stocking and pulled out one present so we could open them at the exact same time. I remember opening a small lego set, but can’t remember what the girls got.

We played together for a while until Mom and Dad woke up and came downstairs. When we gathered together as a family, we read from the Bible, Luke 2:1-20 about the birth of Jesus, the Nativity. Then we prayed together.

Now Hannah and I pick the order that the gifts are open and hand out the gifts one by one and watch each other open them.

After we open all of the gifts we relax and played until the Community Christmas Dinner where we helped serve food.

That is one of my Christmas memories. Tell me about yours and one of your favourite gifts.