Podcast: Lighting the Spark Inside Your Child!

Why not subscribe to the show in iTunes? And if you listen to podcasts on your smartphone, check out this great app: Stitcher! THIS EPISODE: If you read nothing more today, please read this statistic: When a child has one caring adult in their life, their level of confidence in the classroom increases 65%. 65%! Is that not an extraordinary statistic? Does…

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Photo: One of My Favorite Things to See

So simple. But this kind of scene at the front door of a house is one of my favorite sights as a parent. Bring on the kids…

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Parenting Lesson 579: When Your Day Gets Derailed

  My yesterday was so perfectly mapped. I had all of my projects set out on the dining room table – in the order I planned on tackling them. And because this particular Friday’s T.V. schedule included the opening ceremonies for the Olympics, I set aside a few mindless projects (Twitter account purging – one of my favorite pastimes) for…

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Podcast: Terrific Tips for Tots and Tweens and In Between!

Why not subscribe to the show in iTunes? And if you listen to podcasts on your smartphone, check out this great app: Stitcher! THIS EPISODE: If you’re dealing with those tender years that fall between high chairs and high school, then this show is for you! We’re talking to parent coach, Meghan Leahy, who shares some of the wisdom you’ll find on her…

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Podcast: Solving Sibling Rivalry with Dr. Fran Walfish!

Why not subscribe to the show in iTunes? And if you listen to podcasts on your smartphone, check out this great app: Stitcher! THIS EPISODE: “Stop fighting!” If you find yourself saying that to your kids a few too many times, then today’s show is for you! I’m joined by Dr. Fran Walfish, author of The Self-Aware Parent and a nationally recognized child and family…

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My Virgin Viva Las Vegas Experience

Let’s just say I’ve had the flu the last few days. But before the flu came four fantastic days in Las Vegas. My first Vegas visit. I know. Weird. And I’m guessing there’s a correlation between my health and Vegas. But it was well worth it. A week ago today I was starting day one with a diverse group of…

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My Latest Story in Huffington Post is About Kids and Velcro…

My latest story in the Huffington Post is all about Velcro. And kids. I hope you enjoy.  You think you’re done with holiday gift giving, don’t you? Maybe. But as we head into the new year, there’s one important gift us dads and moms need to remember to share with our children in 2014. Think “Velcro.” Let me explain. I…

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How My Kids Convinced Me to Believe in Santa. And Everything Else.

  (This is one of my favorite stories from my book, “Bobblehead Dad” 25 Life Lessons I Forgot I Knew.” Enjoy!) It was our last Christmas in North Carolina. My son, Kevin, was eight and my daughter, Wallis, was five. That would make my youngest, Drew, a one-year-old just mastering the art of walking. It was the week before Christmas,…

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My Three Best Dad Tips

I haven’t read many parenting books. And I know, that’s a little surprising for a guy who spends most of his time talking and writing about being a dad. So, if you chose to read no further, I understand. It’s pitiful. I know. But what I lack in reading and scholarly research, I’ve compensated for with a lot of observations,…

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The Times They Are A-Changin’ at Butterball

Bob Dylan’s lyrics were never so apropos. Especially at the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line this year. Those changes include men who will be “manning” the Talk-Line and representing the brand. A whole flock of them – including yours truly. The Butterball Turkey Talk-Line began in 1981 when six home economists responded to 11,000 phone calls from worried Thanksgiving Day chefs. That…

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