Happiest Daddy

Two boys, one wife and a ton of material. I live for family and I'm one of the most blessed people you will ever meet.


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Raising a Kid Who’s Never Met a Stranger

We took our kids out to dinner the other day with my in-laws to celebrate our soon-to-be 7-year-old’s birthday and he was in rare, charming form. He chatted up the waitress, impressing her with his questions, knowledge of dinosaurs and Pokemon and his natural, inquisitive nature about everything from the menu to the restaurant’s choice […]

Pop’s Lock

Every once in a while when I want to transport myself to another time and place I have only a short distance to travel. I walk across my room to my dresser and pick up an item that is small and seemingly unimportant. And in the grand scheme of life, it probably is. But for […]

The Missing Spider Web

When we moved into our home in the summer of 2014, one of the first things our sons wanted to do was visit all the parks in our neighborhood. They quickly settled on a favorite — a low-key park with a small playground but one cool, challenging feature — a huge climbing apparatus that looked […]

The Great Escape

A couple of weeks ago my wife and I and our best friends had to do battle against zombies. A few months before that we had to rescue a woman about to be electrocuted by a madman. And a few months before that we had to prevent an outbreak of a deadly chemical jay surely […]

How to Practice Safe Swimming

The stats are stark: Each day, about ten people lose their lives in an unintentional drowning. Out of those ten, two are children age 14 and younger. Those numbers are from the Centers for Disease Control. Think about that — 704 children die each year from an unintentional drowning. How sad. How preventable. As the […]

The Explicit T-Shirt

Parents have a lot to worry about these days — cost of education, keeping kids safe and away from drugs and bad people and making sure they eat healthy foods. Let me add another worry to your plate — the explicit t-shirt. There you are at the park with your kids, playing and having a […]

Blog Hijacked! Family Road Trip

It’s time to “drive” dad crazy! He’s up front driving the car on our first major family road trip during spring break and we’re stuck in the backseat. So, we’re gonna have a little fun. We’re hijacking his blog and talking about our travels. Dad’s been gearing up for this family road trip for months. […]

Criticizer-in-Chief

Some days I feel like all I do is criticize my kids. “You forgot to put your breakfast plate in the sink.” “Slow down while you’re brushing your teeth.” “If you don’t clean up the playroom, you’re going to be punished!” It’s a constant critique of their usually forgetful and occasionally malevolent behavior. As parents […]

The Dad Who Curses

I’ve been known to lay down a curse word or 7, usually bursting forth rapid-style, full of sound and fury, signifying my anger or frustration at one topic or another. I’m not ashamed of it; a fierce unleashing of curse words can soothe the soul. A volley of blue language also peppers a conversation, adding […]

Dealing with the Death of the Family Pet

We first noticed something was wrong with our beloved cat around Christmas. Always feisty and rambunctious, he loved to eat the ribbon and wrapping paper on presents but this year there was a new wrinkle to his activity — he starting throwing up all over the house. My wife and I hoped that he was […]