The Most Important Gift from Dad is…

*   This is part of a series of stories and videos I’m sharing during the months of May and June – highlighting the importance of connecting with our children. These memories are brought to you by the wonderful folks at Kimberly-Clark who have compensated me for my writing. All opinions are my own.  Visit the Kimberly-Clark website Join in…

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Kid Connection Tip: Sharing & Showing Gratitude

“Remember to say ‘thank you!’” If you’re a parent, you’ve no doubt shared those reminding words hundreds and hundreds of times with your children. And you should. Manners matter. But they are just part of it. For me, at the foundation of manners is raising a child who understands what gratitude is. Children who connect with the emotional side of…

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Kid Connection Tip: The Good Side of Texting

“I refuse to text with my kids.” If I had a nickel every time I’ve heard that comment. And I get it. At least I get it up a point. There are plenty of negatives associated with kids and texting: It’s distracting. They get lost in it. And it’s way too easy for them to tune us parents out; It’s dangerous…

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Kid Connection Tip: Play!

  You can discover more about a person in an hour of play, than in a year of conversation. – Plato I couldn’t agree more with Plato. Play is the golden ticket for connection – and fun – between parents and kids. It sounds so simple, doesn’t it? But what I’ve learned is it’s tougher to execute the older children get.…

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What’s Your Family Crest Say to the World?

Family crests date back to the Middle Ages in Europe – and were part of a custom which helped introduce knights at competitions and help spectators distinguish each knight by the design adorning his shield. A family “trademark” of sorts, these crests were passed down by men to their firstborn male offspring as part of an honored custom in families for…

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Kid Connection Tip: Back Off and Get Closer

Dear Parents, I’ve discovered the fastest road to having great way better than average communications and connections with your kids. It’s a discovery that took over a dozen years of parenting missteps and flops. And the best part? My discovery doesn’t require you to start anything new. Zippo. Nada. What it requires is that you stop doing something. Today. Stop jumping in and fixing…

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Care Packages From the Past

I’ve always felt my children drew some short straws when it came to knowing my parents. My mom passed away when I was a child and my dad – Grandpa – was gone when they were just little ones. So, for most of their lives – when they saw their friends making memories with grandparents – weekend trips, holidays, birthdays…

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Ten Years!

Dear Kids, I’m a ten-year cancer survivor today. Correction. “We’re” a ten-year cancer survivor. Today. This journey would have never been the same without you. The details of that day – ten years ago – are etched forever into my head, protected and cataloged unlike any other day in my life. It was the day the circumstances of your father’s…

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Here’s the LA Marathon Fundraising Link!

Thank you for supporting my efforts to raise AT LEAST $5,000 for Camp Kesem – to sent 10+ children to free summer camp this summer. Camp Kesem is the only national nonprofit providing support to children touched by a parent’s cancer. CLICK HERE OR ON THE IMAGE BELOW AND YOU’LL GO DIRECTLY TO MY FUNDRAISING PAGE! THANKS!        

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25 Weeks of Rediscover: Chapter 6 – I Can’t Believe You Said That

(This is the seventh week of a six-month journey of self-discovery. Thanks for joining me. Today we begin with Chapter 6 from my book, “Bobblehead Dad: 25 Lessons I Forgot I Knew.”  I hope you’ll come back this week for more thoughts on this chapter. Chapter 6 I Can’t Believe You Said That It was a couple of weeks after my mom died.…

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