Tag: #parenting

Why Fatherhood is Like Being an NFL Quarterback


My beloved Philadelphia Eagles trail their division rivals, the Washington Redskins by 5. There’s 20 seconds on the clock. The Eagles are 5-7, floundering in last place a highly competitive NFC East, with their playoff lives on life support. Our quarterback, our white knight, Carson Wentz the strapping young lad from the North Dakota plains, who after 13 games […]

7 Reasons Why My Child is a Suburban Dictator


Don’t be fooled. You’re looking a menace. A television hogger. A fickled eater. A picky dresser. A mess maker. A bed jumper. An interrupter of conversations. And a careless pisser. You’re staring into the soft but tyrannical face of a suburban dictator. This is my youngest child, Dylan. He is 3. And if you let him, he will rule your world. […]

Winning and losing in our instant oatmeal world


In my last post, “Dad. what’s a championship?” I told you that Chase had recently lost his championship soccer game and didn’t care. He was more concerned about a juice box and a bag of Oreos then the sweet tastes of victory. I also told you how proud I was that he brushed off losing […]

“Dad, what’s a championship?”


“Chase, are you ready for today?” “Dad, what’s today?” “What’s today? It’s only the biggest game of your young life. It’s what you worked all season for. It’s the championship!” Chase is sitting at the kitchen table. His hands are behind is back and he’s lapping the strawberry frosting off a donut as if in […]

When Your Child Says the “F” Word


  I wasn’t ready for it. Not yet. I mean, I knew it would come one day like something in the mail, like something I sent away for. But I just didn’t think it would happen on a nondescript morning like this. But parenthood is funny like that. One moment you’re cruising along, one hand […]

A Hard Story to Tell – Part 3


A Hard Story to Tell  is a work of creative nonfiction that recounts the most unnerving experience of my life. The story was released in serial format. This is Part 3.         Part 1.            Part 2. For A.– “Balloons and lollipops. That’s what most kids choke to death on.” That’s what Officer James said through panted […]

A Hard Story to Tell-Part 2


A Hard Story to Tell  is a work of creative nonfiction that will be released in serial format. This is Part 2. Click here to read Part 1. For M.– Two years before Chase started choking, Haley, unfamiliar with the theories of gravity and buoyancy waddled up to the edge of a pool deck, took an innocent, unassuming step and […]

A Hard Story to Tell-Part 1


A Hard Story to Tell is a work of creative nonfiction that will be released in serial format.This is Part 1. For F.– Start here: Cindy is in the kitchen twirling along the counter’s edge– cracking eggs, whipping batter. The oven is on. She is smiling. And all is well in suburbia. Most of this story […]

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 […]

The Power of Creativity Podcast: Episode#2- Interview with artist Amy R. Terlecki


Amy R Terlecki is a commissioned abstract artist, mother of two, avid coffee drinker and yoga enthusiast. In this episode, Amy and I talk about the creative process, how to balance creative work with the responsibilities of parenthood and why its incredibly important for adults to let go of their fear of perfection. If you’re […]