May is National Foster Care Month – 5 Ways to Help Without Becoming a Foster Parent Today

May is National Foster Care Month and a simple slogan conveys a profound mission:  “Empowering Caregivers, Strengthening Families.” I admire those families that provide care to the over 400,000 children in the foster care system. Foster families have answered the call to not only provide care for kids with nowhere else to go, but to … [Read more…]

The NFL Draft Creates Millionaires, I’ll Attempt to Raise Great Kids

The NFL Draft will fulfill dreams and make millionaires tonight in Philadelphia. Images of the Roger Goodell bro-hugs and #1 jersey-holding pictures with the selected player’s family will dominate Friday’s sports headlines. The watching audience will listen as analysts pick apart the relative value of one draft pick over another – citing skills that they … [Read more…]

Why Did My Birth Mom Give Me Up?

Most of the assignments I give my oldest son have to do with household chores – helping with pouring milk for dinner or putting laundry away.  I caught Yosef off-guard with a recent request – one that I’d been thinking about for a while. “Yosef, I want you to make a list for me.  Write … [Read more…]

Mostly A’s Is The New Straight A’s

At my kids’ elementary school, making the Principal’s List is the highest of all academic honors.  So, when Lynden’s invitation to the Principal’s List breakfast came home last week, I was in full proud-dad form. I expected a cozy gathering – a reasonable assumption for an invite-only event that, I was told, was reserved only … [Read more…]