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The Growing Up Dance

Several months ago, when reading a book to my four-year-old, I read the word embarrassed. “What’s that mean?” he asked. “It’s feeling like you look silly to people when you don’t want to”, I explained. “Like when I was Winnie the Pooh?”… Read More

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The Myth of the Perfect Kid

We parents are an emotional, neurotic mess, aren’t we? Sure, some of us are better at hiding it than others, but push the right button or confront the right issue, and every one of us comes to a point when we feel… Read More

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Why Giving Your Kids Every Advantage Is A Disadvantage

Before I became a dad, I made a decision: I wanted to give my kids every advantage. When my wife and I welcomed our first son, I was ready. Our little car filled up with baby gear so plentiful we almost needed… Read More

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Fireworks and Spontaneous Family Reunions

As light shoots into the sky, we huddle up. Ooooohhh. Ahhhhhh. Wow. An aerial art show stills the crowd on New Year’s Eve or Independence day—or every day if you live in the Magic Kingdom. Lakeside, oceanside, cityside. In amusement parks, under… Read More

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Time to Refuel

Sometimes the most important thing that can happen in your kid’s life is what happens in your life. For me, the race to nowhere started at age seventeen. I took extra courses in high school, played varsity baseball, worked two jobs, and… Read More

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Unbalanced

Your kids need you more than you need them. That’s easy to see in the first years of life. I mean, let’s face it, you don’t need your kid in order to . . . get yourself out of bed, ease your… Read More

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Boy Noises

"Have you noticed that your son makes a lot of noises?" My son's teacher questioned me a few weeks into the school year, her head tilted and eyebrows raised. My eyes popped open wide, aghast as I tried to imagine what sort… Read More

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Parenting Like A Boss

The other day I read an interesting article called, “How Being a Good Boss is Like Being a Good Parent.” It was an interesting concept from a business consultant who wanted to encourage those who lead in the business world to treat… Read More

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Kids Are Funny (Terrifying)

Our chickens aren’t hiding useful intel on terrorists, but our kids tortured them anyway. It was Taco Tuesday (the night our “framily” gets together at one of our houses for fajitas and guacamole—it’s the best night of the week). Sometimes the kids… Read More

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Lessons from the Bookstore

Teaching your kids about responsibility and discipline is about as fun as pulling teeth. Tiger teeth. Even that first sentence wasn’t that fun to write, but as a parent, you know that’s part of the gig. The reason we have jerk 15-year-olds… Read More