Author Archives: Greg

How do you memorize the Scout Oath? Scouting has always been a part of our family. All of my boys have been in Cub Scouts and I myself am an Eagle Scout. My dad was my leader and I was a leader for my boys. One of the things that every new scout needs to know is the scout oath and the scout law. They typically need help to begin but scouts really need to memorize the Scout oath. For your scout to earn their bobcat they are required to be able to recite the Scout Oath and Laws. But the big catch is they can have help if needed.  For your older scouts, you would really like for them to have the scout oath and laws memorized. These are usually the scouts you want to lead the pack when reciting the scout oath and law. What is the Scout…

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Camping at Mammoth Cave National Park Lately, our schedule hasn’t allowed us to go do much camping. I love to go hiking and camping with my son and he was recently on fall break so I took a few days off so we could go do something. He asked if we could go camping and we decided to camp at Mammoth Cave National Park. I did a little research and since it was a last-minute decision on where we were going I checked the reservation system for any open campsites. They didn’t have much but they had several that were first come first served. About Mammoth Cave National Park Mammoth Cave National Park is located near Bowling Green KY in west-central KY. It is the longest known cave system in the world. Currently, they have found 420 miles of the cave and it seems every year they are adding to…

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How to be a responsible dad They say that anyone can be a father. But it takes someone special to be a dad. This is so true. I think as a man you can have children with someone and never really be a dad. I’ve seen the all too familiar story of a young man that gets his girlfriend pregnant and bails. Maybe they were scared, maybe they weren’t ready for responsibilities, maybe they didn’t want to be a dad. I’ve even had people tell me their dad was around their entire childhood but they couldn’t honestly say he made a difference in their life. And that saddens me to the core. Being a responsible dad means that you are more than just someone who impregnated another person. Being a responsible dad means more than just going through the motions.  Being a responsible father means that your lights stay on…

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Marriage advice to my sons This year has been busy for my family. My middle son got married in May and my oldest son just got married earlier this month. I think back to when I got married. I was young and really didn’t feel like I was ready to be married.  And honestly, I wasn’t. I hadn’t sat down and thought about what being married means. I figured it was just like dating except we were living together. Wow, was I wrong. There is a reason why divorce rates are so high. Being married isn’t easy and most people just are not ready for the time, effort, and commitment it takes to be married.  Marriage is work. Marriage is saying your sorry even though you don’t feel like you did something wrong. Marriage is bringing your partner a soda home from the store even if they didn’t ask for…

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Fall backyard activities for toddlers As fall starts this weekend it looks like we will finally get cooler temperatures. My little ones love to play outside, so much so that they get upset if I tell them they can’t go outside because it’s raining or it’s too hot. But now with the cooler weather, we can stay outside longer and hopefully not have to worry about mosquitos. This also means that I have to be more creative with backyard activities. What makes a good fall backyard activity for toddlers? Any backyard activity you choose for your toddler needs to be age-appropriate. You need to make sure whatever activity you decide to go with is safe and you have removed all possible hazards. Backyard activities for toddlers should also include some sort of learning component. The good news is that most toddlers can learn something from about anything. Anytime they are…

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How to sleep better while camping  Camping is one of those activities that is supposed to be fun and relaxing. But one of my least favorite parts of camping is trying to sleep.  When I am at home I have a nice comfy bed, a wonderful pillow, and two fans (yes two) to provide white noise while I sleep. I also have air conditioning in the summer and heat in the winter to regulate the temperature. While camping the story changes a little. You no longer have that nice queen or king size bed. You don’t have electricity to have a fan to make some noise. You don’t have a nice central heat and air unit to keep you at a comfortable temperature. So how do you sleep? I know quite a few people that it doesn’t matter. They will sleep no matter where they are. But most people as…

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Grocery shopping skills to teach our kids Shopping with kids can be a dreaded experience. Trying to make sure you have everything on your list and making sure the kids behave can make a grown man cry. Hearing the constant “Can we get this?” throughout the whole shopping experience. No, you cannot have pickled beets. Do you even know what that is? Do you even like that? I’ve recently started to shop on my own. I wait until the kids are napping with mom and I go and take care of the shopping by myself. But what happens when your kids get older? They need to know how to shop for groceries. But how can we teach our kids grocery shopping skills? Teaching our kids grocery shopping skills can help them later in life. It’s one of those skills we really don’t think too much about. How did you learn…

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How to be a better father to your teenage son Teenage boys, a dash of manhood, a pinch of hormones, and emotions that range from never wanting to talk to you to cuddling up next to you and falling asleep. I have 3 boys and I have raised two of them through their teenage years. Some days were really easy and some days were a huge challenge. People often say to me that you sure do have it easy with those boys. When I look at the world around us I think they are right. My boys for the most part were pretty good. But I attribute a lot of that to the work that my wife and I put into raising them. My boys got good grades. Why? Because I always checked on them to make sure they studied and turned in homework. My boys stayed out of trouble.…

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12 tips to get through a tough breakup I would guess everyone has gone through a tough breakup. It could be a marriage, a serious relationship, or maybe even a friendship. As people grow and get older some times they grow apart. And sometimes couples realize that the only reason they got married and stayed married, was because they had kids. When trying to navigate tough breakups we go through a range of emotions. We may do things that are harmful, maybe we start drinking excessively. Or maybe we use food to comfort us through those tough times. But does any of this really help? Probably not, in fact, I would say those things can make it worse. If you start drinking excessively it can lead to alcohol abuse and may lead you to destroy more relationships that were intact. If you start eating too much you may gain additional…

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How I get Microsoft Game Pass Ultimate for free As a dad, I am always looking for ways to save money on things my kids love. And one of those things they love is playing video games. I myself have always been a gamer. And it was only natural my kids picked up gaming also. One of the things that have made gaming more enjoyable is having access to Microsoft Game Pass Ultimate. Microsoft Game Pass Ultimate is a digital subscription service where you can download games to play on your Microsoft Xbox or stream games through mobile apps. I have been using Microsoft Game Pass Ultimate to play games on our Xbox ever since the program was introduced. And by using Microsoft Rewards I have kept my subscription going without having to pay a renewal fee for the last year. Microsoft Rewards is a point-based program where you achieve…

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