Happiest Daddy

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On the way to dropping off my 6-year-old at first grade one day last week he made an observation. “Daddy, this sidewalk is really messy,” he told me. This was a few days after Halloween and there were candy wrappers, lollipop sticks and other trash all over the sidewalk and grass near his school. It […]

End Polling Now!

No matter which side of the recent presidential election you were on, you should be concerned about something — the accuracy and reliability of election year polling. Polling is likely to be one of the casualties of the election and count me among those who will not shed a tear at its demise. If you […]

The Year of the Beard

About a year ago, I did something I’ve never done in my 30 years of shaving. I grew a beard. I work in a profession where beards are frowned upon. They were considered unprofessional and inappropriate for my white-collar job. Then, Movember gave me a reprieve. In an act of charity, my boss decided to […]

Breaking the Tea Cup Generation

My wife informed me the other day that at the preschool our son attends the teachers will no longer use the term “time out” when a child is punished. Apparently, the phrase is no longer acceptable. An offending child is instead sent away for “thinking time.” Hmmm, I thought. Maybe the person who came up […]

The Sweet Spot of Life

When my grandfather was a young man — around 23 — he returned from World War II, got a job, got married and fathered a child. He worked a blue collar job to support his family, making about $50 a week. Back then, you could live on that. He told me a few years ago […]

Take a Breather

For this blog, I want you to take off your shoes, sit cross legged on the floor with a straight back, close your eyes and relax. This is a post about breathing. Why do we need a post about breathing, you might ask? Because most of us only make use of a very small part […]

Talking Like Trump

There’s a lot that I could say about the words that Donald Trump used in that Access Hollywood bus with Billy Bush. But I’ll refrain. Instead, I’d like to talk about how those words impact our children and reflect on us, as men, husbands and fathers. I’ve been in locker rooms throughout my life. Suffice […]

Compromise Is Not a Dirty Word

My wife and kids and I live in a house full of compromises. From the second we wake in the morning, compromises are being made: Who gets up first to deal with the kids? Who makes the lunches? Who takes which kid to school? Throughout the day, compromises continue: Who unloads the dishwasher? Who folds […]

Divorce in the Eyes of a Child

My parents are divorced. My wife’s parents are divorced as well. Those divorces lead to some head-scratching for our kids, 6 & 4. When we say that Poppy was married to Nana before married to Gramsy and Papa, it gets confusing. Same on my wife’s side of the family. It’s not a bad thing but […]

Adventures in T-Ball

My son, 6, made history during his first t-ball game this past weekend. Nope, he didn’t record the first unassisted triple play in t-ball history and he didn’t swat 3 mighty home runs. He set a record by being the first player to stop a 4-inning game 3 times for bathroom breaks. In his defense, […]