Happiest Daddy

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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. […]

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…” […]