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…]

My Son Is Not Gifted And I’m Glad

My son was disappointed when my wife broke the news, “Lynden, you didn’t make the Gifted Program at school.” He played-off his dejection, but I could tell the finality bothered him. I was relieved. Sure, there was a part of me that scoffed at the notion of my straight-A-earning, otherwise seemingly capable third grader wasn’t … [Read more…]

Seton O’Connor of The Dan Patrick Show – The Dude, The Dad, The Danette

“Not again!”  I’m both anxious and livid as I stare at my silent phone. I’m two minutes into the start of an interview with Seton O’Connor of The Dan Patrick Show and we’ve been disconnected twice. Suddenly, though, my phone comes to life and a recognizable giggle echoes through the line, “Tobin?” All I can … [Read more…]