Category: Parenting

How to Persevere Like a 4 Year Old


Total Read Time: 4 minutes THE MONKEY BARS. The playground’s proving ground. The callouser of hands. The skinner of knees. A horizontal symbol of strength, of perseverance. Conquered by only big kids. On a sun-splashed day, my wife and I take our 3 kids to a local park. When the kids find the playground, our […]

Crossing the Line: The Birth of a Delusional Parent


It’s July and I’m standing along a sun-splashed sideline watching my son embroiled in a heated little league baseball game, sweating. Chase’s team mans the field. There’s a runner on first base. Two outs. They are losing 6-4. Chase is playing second base. He’s got a pair of black socks pulled above his calves, his […]

In Honor of Father’s Day: 6 Pieces of “Dadvice”


Originally published June, 2017 It’s Father’s Day Weekend! Time to hike up your socks, fire up the grill, lean back in your favorite chair and say things like …”Hold your horses!” and “”My house, my rules!” shortly followed by “I don’t know… go ask your mother.” With the popularity of Justin Halpern’s hilarious Shit My Dad […]

My Advice to Young Adults about Work (or Why I Want to Pee My Pants )


It’s graduation season. And every June, I get asked by soon-to-be high school graduates big questions about work. “How do you know your doing the right work?” “How do you find work you’re passionate about?” “How do you avoid unhappiness and complacency?” Though I don’t consider myself a beacon of wisdom on such matters (I’m […]

May 22, 2017 (or the day the universe reminded me to get over myself)


Sometimes things happen that convince you there is some large, mysterious power at work, cartwheeling through the cosmos, orchestrating both big and little things, to get your attention, to make you appreciate the brevity of your life. Our youngest son Dylan, who is almost 4, has his own bed. It’s a perfectly good bed dressed with a […]

A Mother’s Day Post: 6 Things Moms Worry About ( And Humanity Is So Grateful They Do)


Where would the world be without “mom worry”? My mom worried that my youngest brother Kyle and I would not be close. She worried that the 10 years that separated us would be too big of a gap to bridge brotherhood, to bridge conversation. So mom decided that I, an innocent 10 year old, should […]

Defining Fatherhood: A Letter to My Daughter on Her 9th Birthday


Dear Haley, It’s incredible. It really is. 9 years ago, a nurse loaded you and your mom into the back seat of our silver Chevy Malibu, shut the door, stepped back, offered a smile and suddenly our lives began together. Surprisingly, sometimes life is that cut and dry. One day you’re curled inside your mother and […]

The Awkward Dance of Parenting


Maybe the key to good parenting is knowing when to get the hell out of your child’s way. I bought her flowers. I complimented the elegance of her dress, the loose curls in her hair. I made her laugh and held her hand as we posed for pictures. I escorted her to the car, opened the […]

How I Avoided Parental Burnout this Summer


Summertime parenting is the worst. The kids are always around–bored, sweaty, and always buzzing with energy. In those glorious B.C. summers (Before Children), Cindy and I would sleep until 10, split English muffins with Kelly Ripa, take naps at noon and share a frozen cocktail at 4. But eight years later and three children later […]

5 Afflictions of Fatherhood No One Warns You About


1. Pooping becomes a public exhibition. 2.  You will unknowingly go to work– attend important meetings, give presentations, entertain potential clients with your child’s boogers encrusting the shoulders of your wrinkle- free Van Heusens. 3. Watching an entire football game without interruption is no longer your right as a red blooded, tax-paying American. 4. The opening melody and […]

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