How to (not) Talk to Your Kids About Money

Mo money, mo problems. — The Notorious B.I.G.  Pop quiz! What’s a more challenging subject to broach with your kids: sex or money? Based on recent conversations in the Dadding Value household, I’m gonna’ have to go with money for $500, Bob! The Boy is six years old. He’s in the full-swing of kindergarten. So …

The 8am Ass-Hole

I’m a nice guy. Really. Truly. I am. I treat other people how I want to be treated. I listen. I smile. I can even give you references if you don’t believe me. Ask any woman I’ve ever met and she’ll tell you, “That Chris, he’s such a nice guy!” Sure, I’d rather it be, …

How Are You Doing?

How are you doing today? No, seriously. How are you doing? Think about your response to this most basic question. We are asked how we’re doing several times each day, and we rarely think about the answer we give. My plea today is this: Let’s tell everyone that asks us today that we are doing …

Are We There Yet?

“Are we there yet, Dad?” When I asked this question to my dad as a kid, he would always reply with, “We’re getting there.” It used to drive me crazy! Looking back, he probably always gave that answer either to mess with my brothers and me, or as a defense mechanism for his sanity. Times …

Being With the Kids Versus Being Engaged With the Kids

Last night at bath time, The Boy and The Girl laughed more in 20 minutes than I have laughed in the last 20 months, and I’m a happy guy! Their hysterical laughter was absolutely intoxicating! They were throwing wet wash cloths at each other and at the walls, and laughing when the wash cloths stuck. …

The 20/80 Approach to Productivity

Go with me on this for a second… The sun’s rays are pretty damned powerful. My chalk-white skin can tell you some stories about just how powerful they are. Those rays are even more powerful if you hold out a magnifying glass and focus the rays on a specific object. The focus of the rays …

How I Found the Road to Financial Independence

Captain’s Log: January 1st, 2015 It’s 6am on New Year’s Day and I’m feeling great. I guess that’s what happens when you live on the West Coast but celebrate the East Coast ringing in the New Year. I should send a thank you note to the stork that delivered The Boy and The Girl into …

Level-10 Habits for an Ideal Future

People always ask me, “Hey, Chris…how did you get to be so successful? So organized? So focused? So sexy?” Okay, okay. Nobody has ever asked me any of those questions. But wouldn’t it be cool if people did? Well, life for me lately has been all about trying to get a little bit better every …

Six Ways to Simplify Your Daily Life

Simplicity. We’re all looking for ways to simplify our lives. As Ferris Bueller said:   I’m reading a book called Focal Point by Brian Tracy. This morning I came across his six ways to simplify your daily life. Being the generous, caring guy that I am, I figured I would share them with you, dear …

Dad, why do you drink beer?

“Dad, why do you drink beer?” Oh, boy. Here we go. I haven’t actually been asked this question yet. But I have a feeling that it’s coming sooner or later. The more time I spend trying to think about my answer to this question, the more I feel like I need a beer to help …