Young Couple in a Paris Park

If You are Going to Marry, Marry Young

Dear Son, I’ve spent much of the last six years of my life working with married men and couples who are looking to build a better life together.  It has been an opportunity to see the best and the worst in relationships.  I want to make absolutely sure that this blog gives you good relationship […]

Group of Friends on an Outing

Value Your Friendships

Dear Son, As a corollary to my article on the value an purpose of money, I want to say that there is nothing in the world more important, more precious, and more rewarding in your life than good friends. People have all kinds of relationships with their family.  I hope ours is a good one, […]

American Football

Learn to Like Sports

Dear Son, When I was your age, I hated sports.  I hated talking about them, I hated watching them, and I hated playing them.  A lot of this came from being an outsider among the other boys in school.  I was not popular and they let me know it through bullying, social snubs, and the […]

Friends Shaking Hands Across a National Border

Every Relationship is a Work in Progress

Dear Son, Every relationship you have is always going to be a work in progress.  You build them up slowly over time with the interactions you have with the other person.  Each little thing you do that is kind, caring, decent, or fun with the other person – each thing that gives them a chance […]

Bundle of Chinese Coins

Remember What Money is For

Dear Son, People get so wound up and confused about money that it is easy to forget what it is and why it is important.  Young men in particular, can get hung up worrying about money, wanting money, or just trying to figure out what money is about that it becomes a point of obsession. […]

Settles of Cataan Game Board

Never Stop Playing

Dear Son, As I write this letter to you, my computer beeps and boops constantly from messages from your uncle Luke, his best friend Danny, and my best friend, your “uncle” Michael.  I’ve been hearing from them non-stop as we are planning one of our favorite activities together, a role-playing game campaign. When I was […]

Sparring Grizzly Cubs

Roughhousing

Dear Son, By the time you are old enough to read this letter, it will probably be absolutely no surprise to you to hear that one of my favourite things in the world is to  roughhouse with laughing children.  Wrestling, tickling, pillow fights, foam-sword duels, water-gun shootouts.  I plan on filling your childhood with as […]

Dolphin in a Bottle in the Desert

The Engines of Creativity

Dear Son, The thing that really runs this world is Creativity.  Creativity thinks up the experiments that allow science to teach us about the world.  Creativity lets philosophers come up with new ways to understand beauty, truth, reality, and goodness.  Creativity lets businessmen turn ideas into things you and I can buy in a store.  […]