She’s My Valentine, For Now

“Dad, I can’t give that one to him!” My 7 year-old daughter’s face wrinkled in disgust as if I’d suggested something awful. My out-stretched hand held a flimsy, valentine with two puppies pictured on the front. “Why not?” I asked in ignorance – I hadn’t even taken the time to read it. “Look at what … [Read more…]

Dropping The Parental Ball: 3 Strategies for Ringing In The New Year With Kids

New Year’s Eve presents a choice for parents with young children like me: Is having some desperately needed adult fun worth the hassle of ushering tired kids through midnight and then dealing with their next day exhaustion? The annual ball-dropping party can spell doom for parents who enjoy the post 9 p.m. nightly silence provided … [Read more…]