Bed Tales – Part 2: This is NOT Like Sausage Making

Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made. – Otto von Bismarck There’s probably a lot of things that are akin to sausage making, but bed making isn’t one of them.  And when I say bed making, I mean making – as in manufacturing. Bed making is pretty darn interesting these days. You may remember…

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Dad’s “First Day of School” Curtain Call

My inaugural “first day of school” was 19 years ago when my then five-year-old son walked into day one of kindergarten. That was the day his world changed forever. So did mine. Since then, there’s been an annual ritual in our house during the waning days of each and every August as we navigate endless school checklists. And over time…

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Gone Fishing. Then Off to Jail?

I saw some little boys fishing in a lake near our house the other day which started my mind on a little journey down memory lane… I took my 10-year-old son Kevin on a father-son fishing trip to Canada a few years back. The week’s catch included 83 northern pike, 133 walleye and—as Kevin likes to put it—a Canadian criminal…

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VIDEO: Bring Your Kid to Work Day!

From the Higley family archives, I’m proud to share my (now 23-year old) son’s first business trip with dad. I was bringing my kids to work long before it was cool!

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The One Thing I Hope Lance Armstrong Gets Right

Like many of you, I’ve watched the back-to-back Oprah interviews with Lance Armstrong. I was curious. Way more than curious. As a cancer survivor I felt a connection to this story. This was a little more personal. I’ve spent time in the Livestrong offices. I’ve had my own moments of rubbing elbows with Armstrong. So I watched. And I got…

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The Spin Cycle of Life

From the fun and foibles files of this Bobblehead Dad, I’m proud to be part of the new Clorox Bleach It Away program—celebrating those messy moments in life that come with kids, pets, houseguests and more. Clorox calls them “Bleachable Moments.” I call them a reality of life. I’ve been sharing a few of mine over the last few months and hope…

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Les Verklempt

I was thinking it would be like roadkill. Something you know you shouldn’t look at. But you do anyway. Which is followed by that horrible feeling in your gut that you should have followed your instinct and avoid it. Yup, that’s pretty much how I’ve thought about Les Miserables for the last ten-plus years. Let me explain. I’m part of…

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Everything Old Is New Again

It’s crazy when you stop and think about the life span of some of the gadgets around the house. Like ironing boards. I received mine when I was a senior in college. And it still works fine. Sure, it creaks when I pull out the legs. But let’s be honest – my own legs do the same. Then there’s my…

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25 Tips to Keeps Kids Safe From Abductors

This month’s failed abduction of a ten-year-old girl on the streets of Philadelphia has parents across the country, once again, asking what more they can do to keep their children safe. Captured on video, the attempted abduction highlights the importance of children knowing what to do in a similar situation. In the Philadelphia case, the girl and her two-year-old brother…

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My Chat with NASCAR Champion Jeff Gordon About Pertussis

I had the honor last week to speak to Jeff Gordon and Felicia Dube last week about the rapidly rising rate of pertussis in the United States. Pertussis, often referred to as whooping cough, is a vaccine-preventable disease that all parents need to understand. For more information, visit the  Sounds of Pertussis Facebook Page.

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