How My Kids Convinced Me to Believe in Santa. And Everything Else.

  (This is one of my favorite stories from my book, “Bobblehead Dad” 25 Life Lessons I Forgot I Knew.” Enjoy!) It was our last Christmas in North Carolina. My son, Kevin, was eight and my daughter, Wallis, was five. That would make my youngest, Drew, a one-year-old just mastering the art of walking. It was the week before Christmas,…

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My Three Best Dad Tips

I haven’t read many parenting books. And I know, that’s a little surprising for a guy who spends most of his time talking and writing about being a dad. So, if you chose to read no further, I understand. It’s pitiful. I know. But what I lack in reading and scholarly research, I’ve compensated for with a lot of observations,…

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The Times They Are A-Changin’ at Butterball

Bob Dylan’s lyrics were never so apropos. Especially at the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line this year. Those changes include men who will be “manning” the Talk-Line and representing the brand. A whole flock of them – including yours truly. The Butterball Turkey Talk-Line began in 1981 when six home economists responded to 11,000 phone calls from worried Thanksgiving Day chefs. That…

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My Movember Story: I Miss My Prostate

I volunteer with a terrific cancer non-profit group, Imerman Angels 1-on-1 Cancer Support. As a prostate cancer survivor warrior, I’m matched, on a regular basis, with other young dads dealing with the same disease I was diagnosed with a few years ago at the age of forty-four. In my role as their “mentor” I’m there to give moral support, lend…

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Podcast: NYT Best Selling Author Bruce Feiler!

Why not subscribe to the show in iTunes? And if you listen to podcasts on your smartphone, check out this great app: Stitcher! THIS EPISODE: Boy am I ever happy! Today’s guest is New York Times best selling author, Bruce Feiler. Bruce’s newest book, The Secrets of Happy Famiies, is a new kind of playbook for modern-day families. And he’s here today to share…

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Podcast: Emotionally Resilient Kids!

Why not subscribe to the show in iTunes? And if you listen to podcasts on your smartphone, check out this great app: Stitcher! THIS EPISODE: Are your kids emotionally resilient? Do they bounce back after they experience the big – and little – setbacks in life? Kids who are emotionally resilient perform better academically and socially – and that’s what we’re talking…

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A Parent’s Secret Weapons: Listen. Learn. Lasso. Laugh.

To those of you who have cute, little kids who still think you’re the greatest thing since their pacifier, I bring bad news. You see, there’s a good chance that—somewhere down the road—they’re going to turn on you. Some will stop talking. Others will only grunt. And, sadly, some will think that you are the root of all things bad…

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Podcast: Raising and Surviving Your Terrific Tweens!

Why not subscribe to the show in iTunes? And if you listen to podcasts on your smartphone, check out this great app: Stitcher! THIS EPISODE: The words ‘terrific” and “tweens” can go together and this show is going to give you tips you need for making your kid’s tween years outstanding. We’re joined today by Renee Garcia and Susan Galvin, both clinical social workers who…

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How Thumb-Sucking and Bedwetting Made Me a Better Parent

That’s a four-year-old me in the arms of my dad, looking at a big ole bear at the San Diego Zoo. I thought he was Yogi Bear. And, according to my father, I was promising Yogi that I’d never suck my thumb again. Ever. A promise I broke time and time again for the next couple of years. Thumb sucking.…

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Podcast: Emmy Winner Dan Bucatinsky Talks About Being a Dad

Why not subscribe to the show in iTunes? And if you listen to podcasts on your smartphone, check out this great app: Stitcher! THIS EPISODE: Dan Bucatinsky has a full plate. He just won an Emmy for his recurring role on ABC’s hit show, Scandal. He’s an executive producer for Grey’s Anatomy as well as other shows including Who Do You Think You Are? and Web Therapy. But…

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