that marriage isn’t worth it. If you spend
most of your free time on Facebook or Instagram, then don’t be shocked when they
can’t pull themselves off their devices.
And that is the thrust of why I hate
character training. No matter how pious it
sounds when we talk about doing it, I hate
that it all depends on me . . . on not only
what I teach, but how I live. I don’t get a
summer break, or a Friday break, or even
a ten-minute bathroom break from char-
acter. Character school is always in session.
So, here’s my summer-time advice: take a
summer break and stop worrying about the
less important academic stuff and spend
some concerted effort in teaching your chil-
dren how to love their future children by
you loving yours. Show them how to have
fun, serve another person, clean the house
together, have a garage sale, do something
special for your spouse, sit outside and talk,
pick up shells on the beach, catch crawdads
in the creek, or anything else you can think
of that matters.
Again, I’m sorry you don’t get a summer
break from character training . . . but if
you’re enjoying summer, your children, and
smiling at the same time . . . you’re doing a
great job of character training.
Happy summer and be real.
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1. No one knows for sure where the phrase “gives me
the willies”’ originated. The best guess is the word
itself. This word “willies” sounds like “woolies,” as in
scratchy, wool long-underwear. The willies are the
same as the creeps, which suggests an uncomfortable skin sensation.
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The lesson I teach about
how I treat my spouse is
way more important than
how I divide fractions.