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Photo Credit: Unknown

Something my parents didn’t have to wrestle with was figuring out when to let me or my sister get a social media account.

When is it a good time to allow your kids on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Snapchat, Tumblr, and other social media apps? Hopefully, if your a parent or want to be one day, you are wrestling with this question! Continue Reading…


The beautiful lady on the far right is my wife.

I have the greatest kids. I really do, and if you know my family you can bear witness to this fact.

My kids aren’t perfect—they have their allotment of problems and issues, but by and large my kids are great.

I wish I could say I was a super-parent, you know one of those dads, who takes every moment and makes it a life-changing lesson. Or intentionally spent a ton of time with them.  Continue Reading…

A Quick Parent Thought…

Today is a big day in the Puentes house. My son will be graduating high school today!

TP Grad pics

It doesn’t seem that long ago when my oldest daughter graduated high school, and now she is turning twenty-one years old later this year.

In a phrase that my wife uses sometimes, “Oh my word!”

Time sure does fly when your having fun.

Isn’t this true with most things? Before we know it, the things we felt were permanent, slip away and dissipate—it’s a thing of beauty and a curse.

I ramble, but in all honesty so many things in this world are temporal.

Even our relationships with our kids to some extent.

These, these relationships don’t have to be!

Make every effort to show grace and love to your kids before they move out—love your neighbor to Jesus. All of us are made in the image of God.

“Let this be your wish: That whether in life or in death God may be glorified in you.” — Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ


No matter your circumstances—economic situation, living environment, single parent, teen parent, grandparent, guardian, and etc…

Don’t give up. Never give up!

What you do and what you say to your kids will make a difference in the trajectory of their future.

Invest in them, invest in yourself. Believe in them and believe in yourself.

You can do it.

KD’s mom did and look at what happened.


Here is a quick parenting thought for the day:

When you can, take you kids to school.

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Photo Credit: Pxabay

Photo Credit: Pxabay


I’m so glad we didn’t have cell phones when my kids were little. When we went to the park, I played with my kids. Now it seems that when I walk by a park or playground, all I see are kids running around and parents sitting on a park bench with their heads down playing on their cell phones…

Man, I was always “king of the jungle gym” when my kids were little.

Parent thought for the day.


Teenage girl in trouble with parents

Ever wonder what your 16 year old is thinking when you lecture them in a public restaurant?

If you do that, you’ll keep wondering.

Seriously. Don’t take your child to a very public restaurant and lecture them on something that needs your attention and correction.

Do this and you will be enacting one simple way your child will listen to you and you will also be one step closer to capturing your child’s heart.

I don’t want to make this blog post complicated. In fact, what I’m writing about can be be fixed with a straightforward solution. 
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