Want to Do Something Really Good Today? Ensure a Child in a Developing Country Gets Vaccinated.

If you only have one minute, please read this. You can save the life of a child in doing so. For years, I’ve had the honor of being a part of a team of parenting writers who, every August, participate in Blogust – a “digital relay” where we shine the spotlight on a United Nations Foundation program – Shot@Life (more…

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My 70 Years of Parent Hacks

I’ve officially logged in over 70 years of parenting. Not 70 consecutive years. 70 cumulative years between my three children. Whew!  I’ll let my children be the judges as to how well I did. But what I can weigh in on is how I survived: Don’t strive for perfection, find shortcuts – and save precious time. Maybe that’s why I’ve always…

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I’m Walking 84 Miles in England with 12 Dads to Help 3 Million Children

  This morning, in Washington, D.C., I had the honor of announcing something rather fantastic at the sold-out Dad2.0 Summit. I’ll be one of 12 dad bloggers, writers and influencers who will be traveling across the Atlantic this July to walk the 84-mile Hadrian’s Wall in Northern England – raising $40,000+ to fund a new Camp Kesem chapter at the…

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Laundry: The Ultimate “I Love You”

Doing laundry in in my genes. Correction. Enjoying doing laundry is in my genes. My mother could always be found in one of two places: our kitchen or our basement – where she daily pushed through mounds and mounds of dirty laundry. Five sons worth of dirty laundry. Five sons worth of dirty underwear, socks, uniforms, and everything else. She…

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Kitchen Memories

I have an abundance of happy childhood memories. That makes me a pretty lucky guy. They’re mostly simple memories (although – full disclosure – I still vividly remember my first trip to Disneyland. Big life events do have their place!). But beyond the Magic Kingdom – when it was still a rather new travel destination – my head is full…

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The Most Important Thing I Saw at the World’s Largest Trade Show: CES2016

I just arrived home from the largest trade show in the world: CES2016. Held in Las Vegas, CES – The International Consumer Electronics Show – is ridiculously big: 2.2 million square feet of exhibit space Over 170,000 attendees Nearly 50,000 international attendees Over 3,500 exhibitors Over 150 countries exhibiting I’ve had the pleasure of attending CES for many years. And…

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Okay is Okay. And it Makes You a Happier Parent.

My daughter gave me a food processor for Christmas. I’ve secretly wanted one for years. Not that I’m a big cook. That I’m not. I cook out of necessity 360 days a year. The other five days I notch-up my culinary skills for special occasions. But I do cook. And in the over 25 years of doing so for my…

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Open Enrollment! The “Eyes” Have It!

If you know me, you know that I’m alive today because ten years ago – during a routine physical – I had a simple blood test that ended up saving my life. That’s why, today, I’m passionate about the importance of being smart about health – and practicing preventative health practices. That’s also made me pretty picky about who I…

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My Mom’s Message to You: Do it Now

This post is my contribution to Blogust ‘15 to—Shot@Life’s month-long campaign to provide vaccinations for children in need around the world. But this is more about you than me because YOU are the one who 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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How I Found $$$$ For Me. And Maybe You.

Money may not grow on trees. But I’m living proof (and you might be, too) that it sometimes can fall into your lap. I was watching the Chicago Sunday morning news a while back. And somewhere in between coverage of one of the Windy City’s unending list of parades and their weekly cooking segment – there was a brief, four…

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