Moms & Dads: LISTEN to This!

Let’s make this brief. I often talk about my “30 second rule” – the general guideline of keeping our parental lectures down to a half a minute because, well, no kid wants to really listen to a parent go on and on and on and on and… Several professionals say we – as parents – should listen 80% of the…

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Make An Easter Basket Your Kids will NEVER Forget!

Why not give the Easter Bunny a hand this year—and make yourself look like the super-dad (or mom!) you are by making your kids an Easter basket they’ll never forget. All you need to do is grow your own grass! It’s a perfect project for every dad! This is a simple project for you and your children—all it takes is…

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Why Moms – and their Last Words – Matter

“I’m sorry I can’t take care of you anymore.” Those were the last words my mom said to me. I was 14 years old and she had suddenly taken ill. Nighttime. An ambulance came. Hospital. Intensive care. The details don’t really matter anymore. It was 39 years ago this week. My four older brothers and I kept vigil with our…

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A DIY “Amazing Race” for Kids!

NOTE: Click the above photo (or click here) to see my appearance on CBS Chicago where I talked about creating your own Amazing Race for Kids!   I actually went to far as to print an application to be on “Amazing Race.” It was four of five years ago. I even had a good lead on a partner. But then…

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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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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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$10 Down and $5 a Month

I’m the keeper of my parents’ photo albums. And trust me, they left an abundance of them. The above photograph is one I’ve noticed for years, in and among pictures of family, friends, parties and vacations. I never thought much about it, however, until a couple years ago when I was making a copy of a neighboring photo. It was…

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A Most Valuable Lesson From Dad

As a guy who spends his days talking a lot about fatherhood, there’s one question I am asked with regularity: “What’s the most important thing your own dad taught you?” Yikes. That’s hard to answer. But a fair question. I’m never good at picking “the best” or the “#1″ anything. My mind – and heart –  don’t work that way.…

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Bed Tales – Part 4: Making a Bad Bed Good

I make a bad bed. If you’re looking for someone to make your bed look magazine-beautiful, with perfectly pooled pillows, a crisp comforter , and a chenille throw looking like it was tossed as you were heading out the door for a morning tennis match, I’m not your guy. I try. I really do. I try to pick out decent…

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