Cyle Young

June 9, 2012

‘You’re not special’ graduation speech

Social media was buzzing about a Boston-area high school teacher’s blunt commencement speech that told students they “are not special.” Wellesley High English teacher David McCullough Jr. told graduates “You are not special. You are not… read more here
June 7, 2012

Camping with Kids

I am taking my three children camping tonight.  Their ages are 3 months old, 4 and 5. It seems that my wife and I are much more excited about this adventure than our children.  My children keep asking if we are going to roast marshmallows.  That’s all they care about. We can roast marshmallows at home.  What is it about marshmallows that is so wonderful […]
June 6, 2012

The Poopy Dance

My kids dance the poopy dance. I think at some point everyone does, even adults. I wish my kids would just poop in the potty.  They seem to enjoy just pooping in their pants all the time. My son didn’t get the hang of pooping in the toilet until he was almost 5. My daughter who just turned 4, is well on her way to […]
June 5, 2012

Venus Sun Transit

Tonight at 6:08pm EST Venus will punch a hole in the sun… or at least it will look that way. Venus will be viewable as a black dot that traverses the sun for about 18 minutes.  We will all be dead (possibly) the next time this solar phenomenon happens in 2117, so don’t miss it. Don’t stare directly at the sun.  Use a cardboard pinhole […]
June 4, 2012

Free Family Magazine

Thriving Family is a free magazine provided by Focus on the Family.  You can subscribe for free at their website.  You can also download the free Thriving Family Magazine App for Iphone, Ipad, and Android. This is a great magazine for parents.  Each issue covers parenting advice and ideas for parents with children from birth through high school.  It has the look and feel of […]
June 3, 2012

Cyleyoung.com Blog

I blog on subjects related to: parenting, leadership, entertainment, and Christianity. On occasion, I will throw in a random topic that might interest you.Regardless, I promise to provide: Dialogue not monologue.  I want to connect and discuss with you about the topics I post about.  I want to hear your opinion, so don’t be bashful. Speak up! Even if you disagree with me. (That’s how […]
June 2, 2012

Parentstuf App

Northpoint Church is a very large church in Atlanta, Georgia.  Northpoint uses the same curriculum for their children’s ministry that we do in Foreverland.  They have produced a helpful App for Android, Iphone, and Ipad that provides resources, lessons, and videos for parents.  If you want to be more involved in what your child is learning and your church uses First Look or 252 curriculum […]
June 1, 2012

Movie Review – Snow White and the Huntsman

They say the former king’s daughter, Snow White, has escaped, bless her. You hadn’t heard? It’s all up and down the street. Haven’t you even seen all those guards riding with swords clanking? After being imprisoned in one of those castle towers for 10 long years, the poor dear somehow managed to slip through that evil Queen Ravenna’s fingers and make a run for it! […]
May 31, 2012

Helping Hands Don’t Hurt People!

One day my children are going to kill each other.  This may not be true but some days it sure feels that way. My wife and I recently spent time with one of our friends, Jessica W.   During our time together she shared with us the concept, “helping hands don’t hurt people.” The phrase is very simple but it is extremely profound for my 4 […]
May 31, 2012

Pictureka Kubes Review

Pictureka Kubes is a great game to play as a family. The object of the game is to find objects, from a reference card, as fast as you can on your unique Pictureka kube.  My 4 and 5 year-old children did very well.  They were slow at first until they got the hang of it. This was a very simple game that could be played […]
May 23, 2015

Campfire Pentecost

Spring always reintroduces two important things back into my life—hot dogs and campfires. I love sitting outside on a cool night, listening to a crackling fire while, roasting hot dogs. Living in the Midwest, there’s nothing more exciting than the return of spring after a long cold winter. As a parent, I cherish spring. It brings ample opportunities to get the kids out of the […]
May 18, 2015

Leaping Lucy

I used an American Girl doll to extract my six-year-old daughters tooth. I removed it the old-fashioned way, by tying one end of the dental floss to her tooth and the other end to Lucy, the American Girl doll. I convinced my daughter to let Lucy assist with the delicate operation. I’ll be honest this genius idea only came after thirty minutes of negotiations during […]
May 13, 2015

Muddy Knees

My arms ached as I hefted around 30 pounds of a muddy grimy two-year old boy.  Even though my muscles burned, I relished every moment down the mountain. My son Carrick was worn out. Tired of stepping over roots, trudging through muddy trails, and slipping on slick wet stones, my boy succumbed to his tiredness. He was a champ. His little legs had carried him […]
February 13, 2015

Do You Want To Build A Snowman?

Who doesn’t love the lyrics from the movie Frozen? I’ll admit, I know every word of every song. But before you judge me, know that I have three children under the age of eight. As a dad, it is my job to be engaged with their world and their culture. Plus who doesn’t love Disney? I like living in Ohio. We get snow all winter […]