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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Good-Bye Winter. Let’s Grill.

Grilling is my secret weapon. It makes even a so-so cook like me look way better. My other secret is using aluminum foil pouches. The beauty of foil pouch grilling is—other than an occasional flip—you can leave your food unattended with little risk of over-cooking. It’s good. It’s tasty. And the clean-up is a breeze. One of my favorite meals…

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“Dad Decisions” – A Timeout with Indiana Pacers Coach Frank Vogel

Coaches are one of my favorite go-to resources for fathering advice. So when I recently saw Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel in a Dove Men+Care commercial featuring basketball decision makers, I reached out to him for some more dad decisions and wisdom.   And what’s coach Vogel think about other decisions?

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Your Family Will LOVE This Recipe! Guaranteed!

Savory Bow Tie Pasta with Chicken and Broccoli  I just stumbled on this recipe in some old files – and I’m not sure I ever posted it. So in the spirit of sharing the love (and an easy recipe I won some contest with) this one’s for you:  If you’re looking for a recipe to wow your family, this is…

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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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To The Girl Who’s Had Me Gasping for 22 Years…

In honor of my daughter’s 22nd birthday today, I’m reposting a story I wrote a few years ago in an attempt to capture who this child is to me. I’m happy to report, a few years later, she still has me gasping. In a good way.  * I’m a world-class gasper. And for that, you can thank my daughter. My…

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Podcast: Dads & Daughters & Jeff Bogle

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: Today we’re talking with Jeff Bogle, dad of two daughters and one of the best writers (Out With the Kids) out there. In a recent story in Huffington Post celebrating Jeff’s oldest daughter’s 10th birthday, Jeff shared his sentiments about…

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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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Podcast: Tips for Having “The Talk” With Kids

  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: Today we talk about “The Talk.” Yup, THAT talk. And we’re joined by Katie Malinski – a licensed child and family therapist who runs workshops around the country for moms and dads on this very important topic in…

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DIY Amazing Race for Kids! CBS Atlanta

  You can click on the above photo to see the segment. Or you can click here. And for all the details on how to make your own DIY Amazing Race, click here. Enjoy!

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