I Hate Your Kids And You Will Hate Mine

Three days removed from my daughter’s 7th birthday sleepover extravaganza, I can confidently say that I hate other people’s kids as much as they will likely hate mine soon. Hosting my kids’ friends in mass is downright torturous – and the torture produces unintentional, but obvious, dad-to-kid tension. I was able to survive the Saturday … [Read more…]

“May”-be Elementary Schools Need More Excitement and Less Homework and Fences

It has taken until May for my kids’ school to, finally, provide the care-free elementary school experience I remember having. Between the recent 50’s themed dress-up day, the let-up of the previously endless worksheets coming home and the flyers publicizing future class parties, I am finally feeling like my kids are delighted to go to … [Read more…]

My Fear Behind Parental Imbalance

When handheld devices blurred the lines between work and home, there was a backlash that ignited a conversation about the importance of “work-life” balance. I see the infancy (pun-intended) of a similar movement for parenting balance as I shuttle my children from activity to activity. The basic concepts are the same.  Just as it rings … [Read more…]

The Power of Mom To A Dad

I was quickly re-indoctrinated into a strange feeling of fatherhood inadequacy in the delivery room awaiting our most recent bundle of joy. About the time the nurse called out “8 centimeters”, the encouragement I was providing was as useless to my wife as the yoga ball used to calm the pain of her active labor. … [Read more…]