My Newest, Favorite Book

I’ve been thinking about my list of “favorite books” read over the years and I realize there’s a common theme: they all deal with death or dying from one perspective or another. Were you to ask me the names of those books five years ago, I would have told you about: Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom (I’m pretty sure I…

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Culinary Confidence for Kids!

As always, I had so much fun doing this segment with my friend, Marissa Bailey, of CBS Chicago. As a soon mom-to-be, I hope some of these tips come in handy for her in the coming years!    CLICK HERE FOR SEGMENT VIDEO In case you are looking for a few of the things I referenced in this segment: Childproof…

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Recipes for Magical Life Memories

I’m pretty lucky to work with brands that resonate with me. My new partner, Stouffer’s touches my heart in a couple ways. For starters, they’re a very real part of my childhood. I bet you’re the same. But then I learned about their history and how they started as a family restaurant in 1924 with delicious recipes from Mrs. Stouffer.…

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Stories from the Scrapbook: Resiliency

I spent a good chunk of my New Years Eve looking though boxes and folders of old family photos. Some dated back to my parents’ childhood and some of them were from my own. But mostly I walked down the memory lane of my own three children’s lives. It’s interesting looking at yesteryear photos of your own children. The memories…

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Good-Bye to the Lottery Dog of Dogs

Our Golden Retriever, Lucca, died about an hour ago. And I’m not sure what to do with his leash – the only thing I came home with after our 8:00 am appointment with his vet where we went through with what I know was the humane decision. I’ve walked in the door with Lucca’s leash thousands of times over the…

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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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