Podcast: Acclaimed Monologist James Braly on Marriage

  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: We’re joined today by James Braly, author of Life in a Marital Institution – a memoir about a marriage told from a guy’s perspective. I read this book yesterday and have to tell you that it was one of…

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A DIY “Amazing Race” for Kids!

NOTE: Click the above photo (or click here) to see my appearance on CBS Chicago where I talked about creating your own Amazing Race for Kids!   I actually went to far as to print an application to be on “Amazing Race.” It was four of five years ago. I even had a good lead on a partner. But then…

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Bums the Word, Dad!

You’ve come a long way, baby. And when I say “baby” – I mean dad. Yup. Pops, you’ve come a long, long way. You’ve shattered stereotypes that portray you as a deer in headlights when it comes to domestic issues; You’ve proved your capabilities as a strong and nurturing caregiver. Heck, in many homes you are the primary caregiver; You’ve…

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Podcast: Tips for Raising 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: In today’s show, we explore the spectrum of our children’s emotions with Julia Simens. As an educator, speaker, author and consultant, Simens has a gold-medal global perspective on children and parenting. Over the last 20 years, she…

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Podcast: Lighting the Spark Inside Your Child!

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: If you read nothing more today, please read this statistic: When a child has one caring adult in their life, their level of confidence in the classroom increases 65%. 65%! Is that not an extraordinary statistic? Does…

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Photo: One of My Favorite Things to See

So simple. But this kind of scene at the front door of a house is one of my favorite sights as a parent. Bring on the kids…

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Parenting Lesson 579: When Your Day Gets Derailed

  My yesterday was so perfectly mapped. I had all of my projects set out on the dining room table – in the order I planned on tackling them. And because this particular Friday’s T.V. schedule included the opening ceremonies for the Olympics, I set aside a few mindless projects (Twitter account purging – one of my favorite pastimes) for…

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