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Power-Decade Parenting

By Finley Robinson

Helping propel moms & dads of 3 to 13 year-olds to invest in their power-decade of parenting. Father of 3 teenagers and pastor of 20 years turned digital writer.

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Family Friday: The Case Against "Cherish Every Season"

Family Friday Newsletter - 2 min read by: Finley Robinson A Single Sentence from a Season Ahead Knowing each child individually helps create a beautiful bond between you both. We Didn't "Cherish Every Season" If there's one emotion that parents don't need while raising a young family, it's shame. It's that feeling of pain or guilt that emerges when mom or dad realizes they don't measure up. I have felt it on many occasions and I reckon you have too. I remember taking my kids to the entrance...

4 days ago • 2 min read

Family Friday Newsletter - 4 min read by: Finley Robinson A Single Sentence from a Season Ahead Showing up as a parent, even for half-credit, secretly gets the whole effect you were hoping for. Where Does Confidence Come From? The following are all statements that my wife or I said to our kids when they were your kid's age. Somewhere between 3-13, our kids heard us say these and dozens of other statements like it. Hey sweetie, I want you to go to the window and order the snow cone by yourself...

11 days ago • 3 min read

Family Friday Newsletter - 3 min read by: Finley Robinson A Single Sentence from a Season Ahead The three most important words you can say to your children to help them develop mental and emotional grit are 'figure it out.' Proven Recipe There is nothing families love more than a proven recipe. A dish that has stood the test of time, fed hundreds if not thousands of people, and passes down because it's that good. Do you have recipes like that? Something I learned early on, during the...

18 days ago • 3 min read

Family Friday Newsletter - 2 min read by: Finley Robinson A Single Sentence from a Season Ahead It can be easy to lose yourself in your particular stage of family and forget that you are growing as a person too. Here are 12 ways that parenthood changed me. Your Best & Their Worst For my oldest it was 3rd.For my youngest it was 6th. For my middle child, it was 5th. Personally, I think he had it the worst. Given enough time at school, one year is always going to stand out from the rest as the...

25 days ago • 2 min read

Family Friday Newsletter - 2.5 min read by: Finley Robinson A Single Sentence from a Season Ahead If you don't give your kids something to belong to they will find it somewhere else. Two Lies & A Truth The mental battle of being a mom and dad is every bit the struggle that the physical side is. First, there are the daily decisions you are making as a parent. What is everyone going to eat?Have they had too much screen time already?How do we get everyone where they need to go on time? There is...

about 1 month ago • 2 min read

Family Friday Newsletter - 3 min read by: Finley Robinson A Single Sentence from a Season Ahead What other people say about your kids when you aren't around is the best evidence of who they are becoming, so don't be discouraged. Hot & Cold It has been a cold snowy week in my part of the country. Translation: kids have been home from school and out of routine way too long. I've sent a lot of texts to my friends with kids in your 3-13 season, checking in on them. These cold, dark weeks most...

about 1 month ago • 3 min read

Family Friday Newsletter - 2.5 min read by: Finley Robinson A Single Sentence from a Season Ahead Your children need to see you and your spouse being husband & wife, not just mom & dad. The Proximity Problem On Christmas day this year, our family had a Clark Griswold moment. We enjoyed a bit of nostalgia when I grabbed the old video camera and watched some early-stage home movies. The big kids were 2 & 3 years old. Everyone in the living room smiled, ooed, and laughed as we re-watched the...

about 2 months ago • 2 min read

Family Friday Newsletter - 2 min read by: Finley Robinson A Single Sentence from a Season Ahead Choosing the ​With You Principle​ as a family will unlock great qualities and memorable moments for your kids. The Hard Things Pay Off Am I being too soft on them?Am I being too hard on them? I questioned my approach as a dad all the time when raising my kids. At the time, I think I worried more that I was too hard on them when they were younger and too soft on them as they grew older. But I wanted...

about 2 months ago • 2 min read

Family Friday Newsletter - 2 min read & 10 min write by: Finley Robinson Happy Friday and Merry Christmas🎄 This will take 2 minutes to read but 10 minutes of your time. The Blessing When I was in my early twenties, my dad made a throw-away comment one afternoon. He told me he believed I would become a writer one day. I remember thinking a couple of things at the time: 1) When has he read something I've written that would lead him to believe I had those skills? 2) How does someone become a...

2 months ago • 2 min read

Family Friday Newsletter - 2 min read by: Finley Robinson A Single Sentence from a Season Ahead Knowing your child is leaving someday should shape how you spend your today with them. How Did You Do It? I get this question about once a week from young parents I talk with. Maybe it's because I don't have the 😩 look on my face as much anymore like most parents of 3-13 year olds. Maybe it's because when I talk about my kids now my face is more 🤩 than it has ever been. I had coffee with a friend...

2 months ago • 2 min read
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