October 25th, 2016

5 Fatherhood Lessons from the Lovable Losers

I turned 40 this year, and if I can cap it off with any one thing it would be the Cubs winning the World Series.  For the first time in 71 years Cubs fan can root for their team in that very series.  It is a very exciting time for me… and with any luck my [Read More…]

June 23rd, 2016

Quickie: Spray Tans

Driving home from the city we passed a billboard advertising spray tans at a local tanning salon chain here.  My youngest (California-raised) boy had questions… 10 yo: What’s a spray tan? Me: People go into a tanning salon and basically have their skin sprayed a little darker. 10 yo: like spray painting? Me: Yeah, they [Read More…]

February 17th, 2016

Quickie: Wool Inventions

On the third attempt to wake my youngest son today he and I had THIS amazing exchange: Me: Seriously, dude, this is like the third time we’ve tried to get you up… My Son: I know just a second… Me: Come on dude… My Son (still curled up in bed with eyes closed): I was just thinking, [Read More…]

January 15th, 2016

Pre-teens Parsing Politics

My kids get their fill of politics through me.  I try to be very guarded with them about my specific political leanings, so that as we have big events like the State of the Union address, or debates, etc we can discuss what they heard without them feeling like they have to pander to me. [Read More…]

Lego Santa Claus

December 20th, 2015

Cracking the Case: Santa Claus

At my house we are preparing to break the spell over one of the first deceptions we perpetrated on our children.  That is correct, we are bracing to break the news about Santa Claus.  It is a moment that I feel a little apprehension about. That moment when one or both of my kids ask [Read More…]

November 15th, 2015

7 Life Lessons Kids Can Learn from Football

I have learned some life lessons by watching football. — I love football. Fall can never get here fast enough for me. As a father, I am sharing my love of the game with my kids. Watching football together is becoming a tradition with my boys. And even as it is a great pass-time and [Read More…]

A little more conversation

November 10th, 2015

But Dad I Have Something to Say!

I blew it with my kids the one night a little over a year ago… The worst part about it is that I didn’t realize it until after I had started to get mad at them for a situation that I have helped create… hindsight can be a bitch… My kids have noticed that when my [Read More…]