Rob Jenkins


JENKINS: Families with elders should choose the right caregiver

I became interested in elder care when my grandmother died while I was still in college. Even though she suffered from dementia, Grandma and I were very close. We used to joke that she couldn’t remember the names of her seven children, but she always remembered mine.

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JENKINS: Three good reasons to oppose Common Core

Don’t let anyone tell you Common Core is about improving education for our children. It’s not. It’s about creating more mindless drones for the corporate salt mines while making local schools even more beholden to Washington.

JENKINS: An open letter to the families of dementia patients

Dementia is a cruel disease that seems to rob us of our loved ones long before it takes their bodies

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JENKINS: How to ruin your marriage without even trying

Having a good marriage is a lot of hard work. But having a bad marriage is easy. You just need to do three simple things.

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JENKINS: Runoff elections highlight flaws in the system

If you want to know what’s wrong with our political system, look no further than last week’s runoff elections.

JENKINS: Why Americans still haven’t embraced soccer—and how they might

In the run-up to the World Cup, and during the first two weeks of the tournament itself, all we heard was how crazy Americans were about soccer — finally.

JENKINS: Three good reasons to make time for daddy-daughter dates

As the father of a young daughter, you have an awesome responsibility: Your little girl will form her initial judgments about men from watching you.

JENKINS: Appreciating the greatness that is LeBron James

Watching LeBron James play in the recent NBA playoffs reminded me of myself. OK, maybe I ought to clarify that last statement a little bit.

JENKINS: Kids need adventures, not just vacations

The things I’ve done wrong as a parent could probably fill up several columns, and maybe a police report or two. (Note to DFACS: Just kidding. No need to add to your 3,000-case backlog on my account.)

JENKINS: Our kids don’t need to train, they just need to play

I’m not quite as old as Don Sutton, but I did enjoy playing multiple sports when I was a kid. The idea of specializing in one and training for it year round would have seemed absurd. For the most part, we didn’t even have organized teams, except for little league baseball, until we were in junior high.

JENKINS: Top 10 reasons I’ve loved being a dad

I’ve been a father for just over half my life — definitely the better half. Before kids, I was pretty self-absorbed. After my first child was born, the word “absorb” took on a whole new meaning.

JENKINS: The four cornerstones of a happy marriage: forgiveness

Whoever said “Love means never having to say you’re sorry” was obviously never married. Because being married means having to say you’re sorry all the time, even when you’re not.

JENKINS: The four cornerstones of a happy marriage: service

Sometimes you just have to show your love by serving your spouse, whether your efforts are reciprocated or not. That’s kind of what love means.

JENKINS: The four cornerstones of a happy marriage: commitment

In other words, most people believe that commitment follows love. But one of the secrets to a long and happy marriage is understanding that, in reality, true love follows undying commitment.

JENKINS: The four cornerstones of a happy marriage: compatibility

Most of us are familiar with the old saying, “opposites attract,” as well as its corollary: “But likes stay together.”