Happiest Daddy

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The End of Full Service Parenting

From the moment out children arrive in the world, we, the parents, are on the clock. There is no need that is unmet, no want that is unfilled and we spend our time triaging each crisis — large and small. The kids’ need to eat. They need to be changed. They need to be soothed. […]

The Age of Flatulence

My kids are “fart jokes” years old. You know the age — everything is “poopy” this and “pee pee” that with a little bit of “butts” sprinkled in. It’s all toilet humor, all the time in our house. And what I’ve noticed is that some of the shows they watch and books they read are […]

Balls and Nuts

It’s happened. My 7-year-old has discovered — with the help of some other boys on the school playground, probably — some of the alternative vernacular for the male anatomy. Yup. From this moment onward, he will never hear the words “balls” and “nuts” the same way again. Forever, when someone asks him, “Hey, do you […]

The Trickle Down Effect of Gun Violence

“Daddy, I don’t want to go to high school.” That’s what my 7-year-old told me the other day after one of our many conversations about the deadly shooting inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. His young brain is struggling to make sense of something senseless — how a 19-year-old could get his hands […]

Help for the Parkland Victims

My heart hurts for the people affected by last week’s tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. It’s been painful to watch children come to grips with the fact that some of their friends, classmates, teachers and coaches will never return to a school they loved because of the actions of a […]

Dads Are Like Moms

The other day a family member made a comment that got me thinking. She said, “You do so much at home and for your kids, you’re like another mother to them.” The comment was made in support of my efforts to be an involved dad; one who loves to take part in every aspect of […]

The Christmas Lists

Three months ago my kids started working on their Christmas lists. Three months ago! That means that for 12 weeks my wife and I have been told, repeatedly, what they expect Santa to bring them. It’s quite a load. In fact, there are so many items on the lists that each boy taped another piece […]

What Men Need to Learn from the Sexual Harassment Epidemic

Years ago, I worked at a major sports network in the Northeast. It was filled largely with young, virile men who talked sports, talked trash and got drunk a lot. We were young and the environment outside of work often had a frat house quality to it. Even the work environment felt that way sometimes. […]

Thankful for Time

The screensaver on my phone is a  picture from 5 years ago of my wife and I with our kids. It amazes me how quickly our children have gone from babies to boys. Time has truly flown. While we try to enjoy every moment and experience we share, sometimes we look up and it’s the […]

Are We Safe in Church?

The mass shooting at a small Baptist church in Texas last weekend that left more than 20 people dead is reverberating through churches far and wide. At our church in South Florida we noticed new security features this week, including additional locked doors, limited entry and exit points and new routes for children to travel […]