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  • Blog Post: The Pressure of: Enjoy Them While They're Young

    This past week, our family fired up Despicable Me 2 , which came out on disc last month. Early in the film, Gru kisses one of his three girls at bedtime saying, "Good night, Agnes. Never get older." I can't tell you how many times I've said something that implies I don't want...
  • Blog Post: Moving Out, Staying Put

    Colin moved out last night. Or, at least, most of him did. My 22-year-old son spent much of the day Sunday shuttling back-and-forth between our house and his new abode, toting clothes and books and electric guitars. I knew he was leaving for good when I saw him toting his computer out in a laundry...
  • Blog Post: Resisting Raising A Bubble Child

    As dads, we all want our children to be safe. But what do we do when the “safe” thing for our child to do isn’t necessarily the right thing? This is a question my wife and I are wrestling through as our oldest son has entered the teen years. One area that we specifically have...
  • Blog Post: The Nostalgic Sandwich: Making Memories in Unlikely Ways

    There's an old saying that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. I think that the stomach, for all of us, is actually quite a powerful portal. Which brings me to my Facebook post last weekend. Sometimes I’m surprised by the things that get people talking on Facebook...
  • Blog Post: It’s Not the Years. It’s the Mileage.

    Some fathers mark their kids’ progress through childhood via birthdays or grades or little marks on the kitchen wall. My family does it through video games. Not all video games, mind you. We’re not holding Halo tournaments here or anything. But the fact that my son and I spent...
  • Blog Post: Watch Your Manners, Bub

    My number was up for jury duty last week. While I wasn’t selected for the jury, the process – and the people – were fascinating, right down to the man in front of me sporting a buzz cut with the words “Blue-Eyed Devil” tattooed in 90-point blue script on the left side of...
  • Blog Post: The Power of Celebrating Milestones

    My son was just six when I was introduced to the idea of fathers and sons regularly coming together to discuss issues our boys were facing – and then celebrating progress in our boys’ lives through milestone ceremonies. I had two thoughts. 1. This is a tremendously cool idea. 2. This...
  • Blog Post: Dads Have a Need to be Needed

    I haven't changed a diaper in 18 years. And I kind of miss it. OK, so maybe I don't miss the actual changing of diapers, exactly. In the lingo of my day job at Plugged In , diapers are loaded with “Other Negative Content.” I've known parents to throw parties when their children...