Q: Dear Mr. Man. My kid plays in a sports league that doesn’t keep score. How do I teach him about winners and losers?   A: My son, JC, plays in a church basketball league (which I have coached for the last three years). The league is an outreach to our local community to expose kids and parents to our faith who may not otherwise come to know the Lord. As a coach in this league, the goal is to love on the kids with the love of Christ and, if we could squeeze in the fundamentals of basketball, then that was the bonus. This year, I was unableRead More →

Image courtesy of: http://www.gimmiethescoop.com Q: Dear Mr. Man. Do you the Stimulus package will help the economy? Signed, Mocha Dad A: Anytime an entity such as the government spends over $1 trillion (including interest and fees), it is bound to help the economy. There are measures that will have an immediate impact (funding for police and fire departments to prevent layoffs, for example). However, the overall package will take too long to provide the stimulus as intended. What about the $400 tax credit being sent to 95% Americans. That equates to $7.69 per week by my math. I’m not an economist, so I may be missing something.Read More →

Filed under: Family,Parenting — P. J. Easter @ 10:07 am Tags: Life, parenthood Image courtesy of: www.gadget.co.za Q: Dear Mr. Man. My children spend too much time playing video games. What can I do to get back our family time? A: There are obvious answers that you are probably already familiar with. Find activities in which to get them involved (such as service projects, participate at the YMCA, or simply going outside to throw around the pigskin). There are many things that you can  (and should) do to pull them away from the video games when they are played in excess. However, this will notRead More →

Filed under: Parenting — P. J. Easter @ 8:28 pm Tags: Life, parenthood   Image courtesy of www.chromasia.com Q: Dear Mr. Man, Why have my children become increasingly disrespectful lately? A: I decided to check out a new Sunday School class today. I am usually serving in another capacity at my church, but now have some free time during the last service. The class is in the middle of a session on parenting. We were watching a video that showed an eleven-year old boy being extremely disrespectful to his mother. Here is an example of the dialogue: “Mom, I’m gonna go to Aaron’s house to play Xbox.” “Sorry Jason. We agreedRead More →

Filed under: Manhood — P. J. Easter @ 10:09 pm Tags: GOD, Life, man up, Manhood Image courtesy of: www.theblacklibrary.com Q: Dear Mr. Man. Why do you say “Man Up!” all of the time? A: Typically when someone hears “Man Up”, it comes across almost as a challenge of a one’s manhood. It is typically preceded by a statement of unmanly behavior and being told to “man up” (example: “Dude, don’t be a punk. Man up! You still have nine fingers left.”). This attitude reinforces the belief by some that men have to be unfeeling and insensitive in order to be considered strong. Rather than aRead More →

Filed under: Politics,Uncategorized — P. J. Easter @ 8:47 pm Image courtesy of: www.parlourmagazine.com Q: Dear Mr. Man, What is going on with Roland Burris (D), the junior senator from Illinois? A: As most people are aware, Roland Burris is the U.S. Senator from Illinois appointed to replace Barack Obama by the embattled former governor, Rod Blagojevich.  He was initially denied entry to the most exclusive club  on earth, the U.S. Senate. After much embarrassment, the Senate leaders realized that they did not have a leg to stand on to deny Burris a seat and he was sworn in nine days later.  Now he admits that he triedRead More →

Filed under: Sports — P. J. Easter @ 4:36 am Tags: Life, Random Thoughts, Sports Image courtesy of: www.nfl.com Q: Dear Mr. Man, Now that football season is over, what am I supposed to do on Sunday afternoons? A: The soreness in the backside as you sit for three hours waiting for a game that is not coming on. The carpal tunnel syndrome that you’ve developed from clicking the remote too many times. The disappointment you feel when you turn the channel to CBS only to find the PGA Tour (not that you don’t love golf…you’re just not there yet). I know that it may seemRead More →