Giving our Children Memories

For some reason, I’ve been looking at this rock a lot the last few days. It was a gift from some close friends many years ago. And, it’s one of my favorite keepsakes. But lately, it’s been reminding me of something that I was told soon after I became a dad for the first time. I don’t know who said…

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One in a Million (or at least 40,000)

Five years ago, the idea of jumping in to a race with thousands of other people would have scared the nylon running shorts off of me. I think it was a result of the same gene that had me show up to sophomore speech class time-and-time again with cotton mouth, and the one that prevented me from being an altar…

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Make Your Kids the World’s GREATEST Easter Basket!

Want an hour to spare this weekend to start a memory your kids will never forget? Why not give the Easter Bunny a hand this year—and make yourself look like the super-dad/mom you are by making your kids an Easter basket with real grass! I did this for years with my own kids. And I guarantee – this is a…

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Dad Hits a Home Run!

I’m celebrating my fifteenth season as a baseball dad. And in all those years, I’ve tried to follow my own father’s belief that it’s important to let the real coaches do their job, avoid coaching from the stands, and never publicly challenge or question a coach. There’s a right way and wrong way to communicate. And I hold firm in…

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My Hakuna Matata Ta Ta

I was kind of excited. My teenage son asked me, while jumping out of the car this morning at school, if he could have some friends over tonight to hang out and watch a movie. I love kids hanging out. Especially at our house. “Absolutely!” I replied. “Any specific plans you need help with?” “Yeah,” he said pulling out one…

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The Joke’s on Me

It’s April 1. April Fools’ Day. But I’m not laughing. When I was a kid, April 1 was the day I looked forward to annually with anticipation and jubilation. It was a day filled with fun pranks – like swapping out the sugar with salt. Or attempting to short-sheet a bed (I never could figure out how to do that!),…

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Diverting a Daddy Disaster

My girl is snuggled up in her bed, sleeping soundly under her favorite Pottery Barn comforter. With four feathery pillows surrounding her head, a collection of treasured photos on her nightstand and two beloved stuffed animals sitting nearby on a shelf. Looking over her. As they always have. It’s her first night home from college. She’s back for a much…

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Put on a Happy Face

My son’s been feeling some stress lately. He’s in the middle of baseball tryouts for his high school team. And, as he usually does, he goes through regular cycles of self-doubt as to whether or not he’ll be making the final cut. “How’d tryouts go today son?” I’ll ask when I pick him up from school. “I’m not sure I’ll…

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Why Grant Hill is a Hero

My son Kevin is wise. He always has been. As a young boy in the nineties, there was no one Kevin idolized more than the then-Duke basketball superstar, Grant Hill. No one, no thing, no nothing came close to capturing Kevin’s passion more than Grant. We lived in Durham, North Carolina at the time. So Duke was literally in our…

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Never Say Never, Dad

“Dad, you wanna go to the Justin Bieber movie with me?” asked my daughter the other day. I am so accustomed to doing any number of non-traditional “dad” things with my daughter – and I’ve always valued that. But a Justin Bieber movie? I thought she was teasing. But she wasn’t. So we went. And to make matters worse, it…

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