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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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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My Movember Story: I Miss My Prostate

I volunteer with a terrific cancer non-profit group, Imerman Angels 1-on-1 Cancer Support. As a prostate cancer survivor warrior, I’m matched, on a regular basis, with other young dads dealing with the same disease I was diagnosed with a few years ago at the age of forty-four. In my role as their “mentor” I’m there to give moral support, lend…

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A Parent’s Secret Weapons: Listen. Learn. Lasso. Laugh.

To those of you who have cute, little kids who still think you’re the greatest thing since their pacifier, I bring bad news. You see, there’s a good chance that—somewhere down the road—they’re going to turn on you. Some will stop talking. Others will only grunt. And, sadly, some will think that you are the root of all things bad…

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How Thumb-Sucking and Bedwetting Made Me a Better Parent

That’s a four-year-old me in the arms of my dad, looking at a big ole bear at the San Diego Zoo. I thought he was Yogi Bear. And, according to my father, I was promising Yogi that I’d never suck my thumb again. Ever. A promise I broke time and time again for the next couple of years. Thumb sucking.…

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The Heartbeat of the Kitchen Table

I don’t remember much about the first house I lived in. We moved from there when I was almost four. But I do remember the front porch. And the upstairs bathroom with two sinks and a big mirror. I remember the backyard ice skating rink – which my dad built for us during the winter months. And I remember our…

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Proof That Mom’s a Genius

Say hello to Aunt Connie and Uncle Hank. They were my dad’s aunt and uncle but, because I grew up without grandparents, they always felt more like grandparents to me. And because they lived a short drive from my childhood home, they were regularly recruited to stay overnight when my parents took an occasional trip. Which always resulted in stories.…

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Baseball & Dads & Sons & Daughters.

It started with Jeff Bogle. I was in Cleveland hanging out with Jeff, his father and daughter at an Indian’s game. Something I’d been doing a lot of with dads throughout the country. Detroit. Oakland. Chicago. Tampa. L.A. Boston. A pretty cool list by anyone’s standards. But being with Jeff and his family was a game-changer. When a little bit of…

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Oh, The Traditions That We Pass…

Dear Mom, Sorry. I’m betting you don’t like this photo. Truthfully, it doesn’t look that much like you. You’re not smiling. Or laughing. Like you seem to be in almost every other picture of you. But I still like it. For starters, that little four-month old is awfully cute. And I’m guessing he’s distracted by one of his four older…

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Things You Learn From the People You Love

The term “best friend” doesn’t do her justice. And putting her in the same boat as my siblings isn’t a fit. I love them in their own unique way. Nope, she’s in a league of her own. And she always has been. She’s my cousin, Pam. And I can’t remember a time of my life when she wasn’t there. (Which…

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