Sayonara to a Storage Unit

I’ve finally gotten rid of my storage unit. And all the contents it’s been holding. And today, I am a happy, happy man. It’s a big day. It’s a new beginning. I no longer have a storage unit. I believe I’ve had a storage unit for about four years. The first one was 10 x 20 – big enough for…

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VIDEO: A Gift To – and From – My Birthday Boy

Today is my son’s 23rd birthday. I hope you enjoy a simple family memory. And a wonderful lesson from a five-year-old boy.

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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 New Dream Job!

The kids and I recently went to a Chicago Fire Soccer game to watch them play the L.A. Galaxy (as in David Beckham). Well, David Beckham was a no-show. But that’s okay because I walked away knowing what my new dream job was! Thanks to the nice folks at Quaker for treating the Higley family to this fun day. And…

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Wanna Improve Communications with Your Teen?

Here’s four simple things you can do to improve communications with your tweens and teens. To those of you who still have cute, little kids who think you’re the greatest thing since their pacifier, I bring bad news. There’s a good chance that, somewhere down the road, they’re going to turn on you. Some will stop talking. Others will only…

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Bobblehead Dad Minute Movie: Popsicle Time

A reminder from my daughter, Wallis, about the importance of enjoying every minute of every day. 

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Bucket List #55: Women’s Roller Derby

Leave it to my family to blend Easter with Women’s Roller Derby. Maybe not a traditional religious experience – but boy was it fun! Hands-down, the best part of our family’s Easter holiday getaway to Nebraska was spending time with lots of family that the kids and I haven’t seen in far too long. It was good stuff. Great stuff.…

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That Fresh, Clean Smell of Bacon (!)

My sleepy-eyed teenager shuffled into the kitchen this morning. “That bacon smells so good, Dad,” he declared. “I’m starving.” I hated to burst his bubble. Poor kid. Breakfast was going to be his old standby bowl of cold cereal. “Sorry, pal,” I said as I knew I was breaking his heart, “I was just doing a load of laundry with…

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Make an Easter Basket with REAL Grass!

Every kid will love making a fun Easter basket with real grass this year! It’s the perfect project for dads. And moms! Why not give the Easter Bunny a hand this year—and make yourself look like the super-dad you are by making your kids an Easter basket they’ll never forget. All you need to do is grow your own grass!…

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What Do You Tell Kids When You Don’t Like Any Candidates?

Two of my three children can now vote. And the one who can’t yet vote certainly likes to talk about the upcoming election. Lately, I find myself in conversations with my youngest about how I’m planning on voting. The problem is – I don’t know. So what do I tell him?   My teenage son recently asked me, “Who do…

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