Happiest Daddy

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Dadvice

We can all use a little advice every now and then, especially when it comes to parenting. Oftentimes, I feel like a man on an island when my kids are running me ragged, pushing every button and forcing me to delete my already low reserve of patience.  While I am far from an expert, I […]

Faces in the Crowd

Every morning I drop my two sons off at elementary school and as we walk and talk about the day ahead, I often scan the faces of the other children arriving at school. The faces often convey joy or happiness, sharing a conversation with a parent or sibling, or the children look exhausted, like they […]

In Praise of…Barry Louis Polisar

A runaway dog. A vomiting little brother. A voracious dinosaur who munches on metal. What kid wouldn’t love to hear catchy, memorable songs about topics like those?  Kids can if their parents dig back into the archives of 1970’s & 1980’s music to unearth some musical gems from a man named Barry Louis Polisar. He’s […]

A Sentimental Journey

I can be a sentimental and emotional guy. A dramatic movie might produce tears. A thoughtful and touching card from my wife will likely give me goosebumps. A tight hug and sweet look from one of my kids will likely melt my heart. But on most occasions I remain dispassionate, able to separate my head […]

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 […]