Happiest Daddy

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Who (or What) Is Listening to Us?

Several months ago a couple we know bought an Alexa. They used it all the time, listening to music and asking it questions. It was a new hobby for them. But after using it, they said they also started noticing something strange. Occasionally when they would talk about buying a new item, while Alexa was […]

Parenting a Strong Student

At the end of the last school year my eldest son’s teacher reached out to my wife and I with news any parent would welcome: “I think you should have your son tested,” she said. “He might be gifted.” Every parent thinks their kids are special but while my wife and I did realize that […]

Halloween Safety Tips

Next to Christmas, Halloween is the favorite time of year for my children. They dress up in their costumes weeks before the big day and they practically drool all over themselves thinking of all the sugary goodness about the enter their orbits. And what’s not to love? Halloween is a perfect time to be creative […]

Where is God?

I’m a churchgoing Christian. I believe in God and my wife and I have made a commitment to raise our children in the church. But, like many, I still struggle with my faith from time to time. And that faith is tested most whenever I see a natural disaster like a hurricane take lives or […]

Coding Camp

My kids love playing video games. Which kid doesn’t? At this stage of their lives we restrict their video gameplay to Minecraft, a few old Wii games and some kid-friendly games on pbskids.org. Yet they remain fascinated with gaming and even at 7 and 5 years old, they are well-adapted to computers, smartphones and tablets. […]

Discomfort Tolerance

The other day 7 put on his swim trunks and immediately began complaining. “Daddy, this tag makes me itchy. Ow, ow, ow!” he shrieked. “Ok, pal,” I replied in the calmest tone I could muster, despite the obvious gravity of the situation. “Let me take a look.” 7 shed his clothes and continued complaining. We […]

Take a Knee?

If your social media timelines are anything like mine, yours blew up over the past weekend with people commenting on both sides of the divisive issue over NFL players taking a knee during the singing of The Star Spangled Banner. It’s gotten out of hand and several friends of mine told me they are de-friending […]

Reporting in a Hurricane

There I was, 32 years old, sitting in a news satellite truck with two of my colleagues, feeling the large truck filled with broadcast equipment rocking back and forth in the powerful winds of Hurricane Frances in 2004. We were riding out the storm in Vero Beach. As the truck swayed, we started hearing a […]

Giving Back & Looking Ahead at Hurricanes

As I write this all eyes in my state, Florida, are keeping watch on Hurricane Irma, a nasty storm that experts say may bulk up to a Category 5 monster, fed by the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean, ready to strike the East Coast of the United States by the weekend. That’s scary stuff. […]

Fairness, in the Eyes of a 5-Year-Old

Inevitably, it happens. 7 and 5 will be playing and a conflict will arise. 7 will try to reason with 5 about why he’s correct and 5 will either not understand 7’s conclusion or he won’t want to abide it and the situation escalates. Eventually, the situation will end with someone in timeout and someone […]