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Friday Night Special: Wrestling Edition

by Fred Goodall | March 7, 2013 at 9:00 am | comments

When I get home on Friday evenings, my five year-old son rushes to greet me. “Hi, Daddy,” he says as he wraps his arms around my legs. “Do you know what day it is?” “Yes,” I say as I give him a big squeeze. “I know what day it is. Do you?” “It’s wrestling day!” He yells. My kids and I are huge wrestling fans, and we can’t wait until

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Developing New Year Family Goals

by Fred Goodall | January 8, 2013 at 3:23 pm | comments

At the beginning of each year, my family and I sit down and develop family and personal goals. We never call them resolutions because resolutions are easily broken. Goals are more tangible. We begin our goal setting session by reviewing our written goals from the previous year. If we fall short, we don’t make excuses. Instead, we analyze our short-comings and strive to make improvements in the upcoming year. If we

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Weekend Breakfast Nourishment

by Fred Goodall | November 15, 2012 at 4:51 pm | comments

On weekday mornings, my kids and I hardly have time to say goodbye and give each other a kiss on the cheek as we rush to school and work. But weekends are a different story. That’s when we unwind and reconnect. Dinner is so often the focus for family meals that it’s easy to forget the prime opportunity the weekend provides for a full family breakfast. (see also: 5 Reasons For

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Family Travel Creates Lifelong Memories

by Fred Goodall | August 24, 2012 at 4:21 pm | comments

While playing Stack the States  on my iPad, my 11-year old daughter turned to me and said, “Daddy, I just realized that I’ve been to 12 states.” “That’s cool, sweetheart,” I said. “But you still need to visit 22 more to catch up with Daddy.” “Don’t worry,” she said confidently. “I plan to get to all 50.” I certainly hope she does. Travel is an important part of personal development,

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Father’s Day – An Opportunity for Self-Reflection

by Fred Goodall | June 15, 2012 at 2:53 pm | comments

Father’s Day is special to me. Although getting gifts is fun, I never dwell on that part of the day. I always focus on how fortunate I am to be blessed with three beautiful children who call me “Dad.” Because of my past issues with my father, I don’t take the title “Dad” lightly. Along with being a husband, being a dad is the most important job that I’ve ever

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