Happiest Daddy

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What We Learn from the Bullying of Rebecca Sedwick

The case of Rebecca Sedwick hit me hard. She is the teenager from Lakeland, Florida who police believe was cyber-bullied by classmates to the point of her taking her own life last week. Her story resonates with me personally and should serve as a cautionary tale for all parents. More than 20% of teens say […]

Technology and Toddlers: Too Much, Too Soon?

There’s a phrase we hear often from our toddler: “I want to play with the iPad.” Every time I hear it I’m conflicted about his pending technology addiction. On one hand, it’s fascinating to me that he already knows how to perform some basic functions on a technological device that he will grow up using. […]

Confessions of a Former Fantasy Football Addict

My fantasy football addiction got so bad that for a time I thought I might have to consult a 12-step program. Here was a typical Sunday in my house: DirectTV piped in the NFL package, which was split off to two television sets while a third television picked up an over-the-air game. I used multiple […]

Firsts

Our 3-year-old headed off to preschool last week. Two things happened: 1). Our outgoing, personable son LOVED it. 2). Daddy cried after dropping him off. What can I say? I’m addicted to my kids. I’ve been fortunate to spend a great deal of time with them because I work nights, freeing up my mornings to […]

The Tube

I hang quietly in the garage. Alone. Dry. Forgotten. All I have is time to reflect on the summer that was. For weeks, I was THE hot item. “Don’t forget this,” the boy would shout to his dad, as they headed for their daily trip to the pool. I would dangle delightfully from the boy’s […]

Taking a Seat with the Dads at the Round Table

Got room for one more? Thankfully, Dads Round Table is making space for an extra chair at their table and I’m honored to fill it. Here’s what you can expect to see in this space — a little bit of everything. There’ll be a few insights, some humor, a look at important and not-so-important topics […]

My Summer with Abraham Lincoln

For many of us, sitting in an outdoor amphitheater listening to music or watching a performance with our kids is a summer ritual. For me, I was always on the other side — onstage, sweating, singing, dancing, worrying about an upcoming costume change or yukking it up with my fellow actors backstage making sure I […]

A Camp-less Youth. A Letter to my Dad

Dear Dad, You did an amazing job raising me. I am a husband, father and am almost debt-free. Congrats! But — you knew there would be a “but” — I do have one bone to pick with your job as a father. No, it’s not about the time you wanted me to cut my spiked […]

My Struggle with Spanking

I was spanked as a child. It was infrequent and it was tame by most standards — I was only struck by a hand — but the episodes left an impression and it’s part of the reason why I have such a difficult time imagining ever spanking my toddler. Don’t be fooled — there are […]

Road Trip with Friends & Kids? A Pro/Con List

Cue the “Holiday Road” music. Check to make sure the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are packed — crusts optional. The luggage is loaded, the GPS is fully charged. It’s time for a road trip. It’s theme park season signifying summer with long, hot days, steep drops on roller coasters, sno-cones and oversized stuffed animals. […]