Happiest Daddy

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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 […]

Lessons from a 3-Legged Dog

Sometimes you find the most significant parenting lessons in the strangest places and at the most surprising moments. Earlier this week I was at home and stepped outside to get something from my car. As they are wont to do, my kids, 6 & 4, followed me outside. A woman happened to be walking her […]

Surviving Back Pain

Twenty years ago, it happened. I was in the middle of a performance of “Singin’ in the Rain” as Gene Kelly-leading man, Don Lockwood, ready to leap onto a lamppost in the rain, in my tap shoes. As I ran towards the light pole and ascended, I felt my back buckle. There was a sharp, […]

The Joys of Parenthood

Being a parent brings such joy into our lives. This week we experienced twin joys in our home and they are the types of moments that all parents live for, memorialize and give us confidence that despite the trials and tribulations of parenthood, our kids are succeeding, on the right path and meeting their milestones. […]

Smile Through the Political Bickering

If you haven’t noticed we’re a deeply divided country these days. Politics in Washington grows more and more acrimonious by the day and it seems like we are out of touch with the desires, wants and needs of people who live in the cities, states and communities near us. Heck, we seem to disagree with […]

Guys, Go To The Doctor!

Admittedly, it’s not high on anyone’s to-do list. But it seems that men have a propensity for avoiding the doctor. According to the Centers for Disease Control, women are 33 percent more likely to go to the doctor than men. Guys, let’s represent and get those numbers up! Why don’t men like to visit the […]

Good News About Youth Reading

It seems the demise of reading among our young people has been greatly exaggerated. A new survey by Scholastic and YouGov reveals that nearly 6 out of 10 children ages 6 to 17 read for fun. That’s according to an article by The Associated Press. As a reader myself and someone who works hard to […]