A Message For Stressed-Out Parents This Holiday Season

I live in a new neighborhood. So it’s been fun the last few weeks walking around to enjoy the assortment of holiday decorations. My environs have taken on an entirely magical quality. I’m amazed at the amount of work people put into the outside of their homes. Which leads me to believe the inside of their homes are equally impressive.…

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The Most Important Thing My Dad Taught Me…

  That’s my dad. And me. He’s the bald one. I’m the young one. Now I’m the bald one. And not the young one. And my dad’s the gone one. 17 years. Today. So that’s why I’m writing. Because even after 17 years of being gone, every dad deserves a nod. My dad would have liked what’s going on in…

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Random Acts of Kindness 101

I’m a sucker for random acts of kindness. Doing them. Receiving them. Watching them. From every angle, I’m convinced they are the secret sauce to a more tolerant and peace-filled world. That’s why I loved seeing this video posted on my friend, Meredith Sinclair’s social media sites the other day. If you don’t know her, check her out at MeredithPlays.com. She’s…

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Raising Boys Rocks – Says My Mom

This recent story in the Huffington Post caught my eye. It’s written by Abby Rodman, a mom of boys. She’s setting the world straight on the joys and benefits of having a clan of all boys. Contrary to what the many naysayers have shared with her. “You poor thing!” “I’m glad I’m not you!” Those were the comments my own mother…

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38 Years as a Driver. And the Pledge I’m Taking to Improve.

Raising teenagers isn’t a bed of roses. Trust me. I’ve got two down and one to go. One still in the thick of it at the age of 18. Old enough to vote and serve our country. Too young to drink. He’s stuck in never-never land. A child waiting to become an adult. And I get to go along for…

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The First Big Good-Bye: When Your Oldest Goes to College #Blogust

This post is my contribution to Blogust ’14—Shot@Life’s month-long campaign to provide vaccinations for children in need around the world. I’m writing on the theme of “Happy and Healthy Firsts.” Here’s the cool part: YOU can help change the life of a child by making sure they get vaccinated. All you need to do is either “comment” (with anything!) at the…

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And For the Next Chapter of My Life…

“What are you going to do when Drew heads off to college?” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that question in the last two years. For those of you who don’t know, “Drew” is my youngest. The runt (not really) of the litter. The one who – in concept – was never supposed to grow old and…

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Join Rotary In Being a Part of a Guinness World’s Record!

Wow! When Rotary International sets out to do something, they do it! About a year ago, I wrote a story about Rotary’s effort to eradicate polio from the globe. Their commitment started almost 30 years ago when they began immunizing children everywhere against this disease. And after immunizing more than 2 billion children against polio, Rotary and its partners are…

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Chicago Tribune: If Fatherhood Came With a Redo Button

    I’m proud to be a contributor to the Chicago Tribune. This story is part of their Father’s Day 2014 section: ****** I was in the home stretch of a talk about parenting. It’s a talk I’ve given many times. This time I was in front of a group of parents in a Buffalo Grove middle school gym. I…

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The Best 60-Second Fatherhood Film You’re Gonna See

I love this film about what it means to be a dad. Brought to you by Dove Men+Care – they nail it when it comes to defining what fatherhood feels like. Enjoy it. Then go tell a dad you love him.

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