My Super Spicey Life

If variety is truly the spice of life, then my life as a parent sometimes feels like the entire baking aisle at the local grocery store. Some days it’s paprika, others seem like lavender. I’ve had many a morning that started off with a touch of marjoram, afternoons sprinkled with allspice and an abundance of evenings tasting like plain old…

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Morning Mumblings

Star Trek fans know that on the Final Frontier, some inhabitants speak Klingon. And now, thanks to Avatar, on the planet Pandora, they speak Na’Vi. Species of all varieties seem to intuitively master the skill of communication, regardless of the circumstances. Why is it, then, that my youngest son can hardly speak during the first 60 minutes of his day? I used…

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Ironclad Love

I smile when I iron. Not that I iron all that often. And, I do smile with regularity when I am not ironing. But, I always smile when I iron. Thank you, Helen. Helen was the mom who lived across the street from my childhood home. She and her husband had a clan of four boys. That would have been…

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Bobblehead Break: Matt Roloff – “Little People, Big World”

One of my favorite parts about the “Dad” world is hanging out and learning from other fathers. It gives me a much needed reminder that – in spite of differences – us dads have a lot in common. I recently had one of those fun opportunities during a radio interview with Matt Roloff, the dad from TLC’s huge hit television…

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Love Your Prostate. Please.

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. It’s also National Preparedness Month, Vegan Month, and College Savings Month.  But, I’ll stick with something I know – prostate cancer. I’ve been living with it for six years now. So, in the spirit of awareness, here’s my short story. At the age of 44, I was feeling as healthy as I ever had…

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I’ve Got a Bowling Angel

Short. True Story. I recently joined my town’s weekly bowling league. My kids tell me it’s a good thing for me to do to get out there and meet new people. “Why not?” I thought. So last night – the second night of the season – I decided to pull out something that I’ve been keeping in the closet for…

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Bobblehead Break: Dr. John Duffy

I had a Bobblehead Break recently with Dr. John Duffy – a clinical psychologist, parenting expert and author of “The Available Parent.” John’s an easy guy to like. He and his wife, Julie, have a 15-year-old son, George and are enjoying – yes enjoying – those teenage years. To find out more about John’s strategy for maintaining a great, open…

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So, is it “Dad” or “Dad”?

There’s a scene in the movie, Valentine’s Day, where a grandfather is driving in the car with his young grandson. They are discussing the girl problems that have been weighing heavy on the boy’s mind. Trying to break the stress in the air, the grandfather points to a street sign at the intersection they are stopped at and asks his…

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Name Dropper

I spent a good part of last Sunday morning screaming at a bunch of strangers. And, I loved it. Funny thing, I think they loved it, too. It was one of the many perks that came with being a volunteer for the 15th Annual Chicago Half Marathon – held in and around Jackson Park with its stunning route up and…

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Bobblehead Break: Al Watts – Daddyshome, Inc.

I recently took a Bobblehead Break with Al Watts,  president of Daddyshome, Inc. – the National At-Home Dad Network. Al’s a nine-year veteran as an at-home dad to his four kids and can juggle a crazy pop’s world with the best of them. When you’re done learning about Al, be sure to Bobblehead Dad on WebTalk Radio  for more of…

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