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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Kid Connection Tip: Self-Worth – For You and the Kids

Dear Kids, Want to know a little secret? For years I’ve had one goal for you as my child. And I’ve tried every day of my life to help make that goal become a reality. * The goal wasn’t found on the playing field. I was never concerned about home runs, what position you played or how much playing time…

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When the Caregiver Learns How to be Cared For

* 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 the…

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Never Too Old for a Father-Son Moment

I’ve been to many “Father-Son” events in my life. And the most recent one made me realize that my son is looking less like my “son” more like the other dads in the room. * Last weekend I had the fun job of hosting and moderating two different “NBA Fantasy Camps” for a bunch of dads and their children –…

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Kid Connection Tip: Gone Fishing

I never learned how to fish as a kid. Never. Nada. Zippo. The closest I came to experiencing the thrill of catching a big one was annually – at my grade school’s fundraiser – where I’d pay 25 cents to cast a line over a plywood wall and wait for someone to clip a small brown paper bag to the…

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Kid Connection Tip: The Good Part of Student Drivers

I’ve heard it hundreds of times in my life. Complaints – and words of fear – from parents as they contemplate their son or daughter learning how to drive. And for many, a very real trepidation about sitting in the passenger seat with that same child who – seemingly just a few years ago – was wearing diapers. I’ve been…

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Kid Connection Tip: The Value of Spontaneity

Let’s get one thing clear: I do believe in rules. I especially believe in rules for kids. They need them. And they’re happier when they live in a world framed with clear, understandable rules put in place by mom and dad. Yes, happier. Even when they complain that they don’t like them. And families simply function better when they have…

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Kid Connection Tip: Follow Their Interests. Not Yours.

If you’re the parent of younger children, I hope you’re sitting down because I have some very bad news. Those cute little kids who love hanging out with you are some day going to run in the opposite direction when you suggest that you do something together. I know this to be true. Three children over. When my two sons…

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My Brother

I post this annually – or at least I try to – on June 6. It’s the anniversary of my brother, Kevin’s death. Kevin passed away 14 years ago at the age of 46 after a couple year battle with brain cancer.  And it still sucks. The above picture is how I remember Kevin. He was a professional photographer –…

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