Happiest Daddy

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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. […]

It’s Not Just a Toy. It’s a Teaching Moment

It’s a space race in our house. For the longest, the space shuttle “Roger”, from the Mater’s Tall Tales series, was the hands-down, numero uno, top dog toy in our house. Toddler slept with it, talked about it, demanded stories about it and showed it off to everyone within a satellite’s distance of our home. […]

Too Many Toys: Is There Such a Thing?

On Sunday evenings, when I was a kid, my Italian grandmother would make a mountain of pasta, meatballs, salad and Italian bread. There was enough food to feed three families. In Italian,  you might use the word “abbondanza” to describe such a feast. One look at the playroom in our house and you also see […]

Living in a Time of Violence

After news broke about the bombings at the Boston Marathon my wife called me. “What kind of world are we raising our children in?” she asked me. Sadly, I had no response. The conversation with my wife was a vivid one focused on rhetorical questions like “Should we keep our children inside all day?” and […]

Poker Face (A Dad’s Quest to Not Show His Cards)

Kids melting down. Crying in stereo. The house a symphony of shouting, screaming, whining and sounds never before heard by the human ear. It’s at these moments when I’m reminded of the Rudyard Kipling poem, “If” — “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you…” […]

Modern Dad’s Workout

Remember that gym membership you signed up for? Yeah, the place that you pass by each morning and afternoon to and from work? That place you hand over $50 each month and have been to once since you got married? Well, quit wasting that money! And get your lazy butt up off the couch!!! Now, […]

My Wife & I Are in Therapy

I’m not ashamed to admit that a few weeks ago I attended a counseling session with my wife. The stigma  is, if you go to therapy then your marriage must be on the rocks and you’ve got a divorce lawyer on speed dial. In some cases, that may be true. Not for us. In fact, therapy […]

A Super Bowl Family Story

The big story of Super Bowl 47 is the sibling rivalry between head coaches John and Jim Harbaugh. But there’s another, lesser-known family story this year — my father and I finally watching a Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl together. Have you seen that story on ESPN? Probably not. But in my world it’s big news. […]

Guns, Kids & Newtown

A few weeks ago I made an appointment for a gun safety class at a gun range. I have little experience with firearms — no one in my family owned them and the closest I came to gun ownership was a Super Soaker used in epic water gun battles in college. I didn’t even fire […]