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Why Modern Families Struggle & how Dads are Key

Having kids is supposed to be one of life's greatest joys! But for most of us, having a family is a remarkably tough experience. So often we find ourselves stressed, exhausted, fighting with our partner, and not experiencing the love and joy that family life can be. The love often withers in the face of the difficulty as we are left co-parent ...read more

The mantra you need to create as a new dad

My kids are now 11 and 15 and pregnancy, delivery and infancy are increasingly dim memories. What strikes me now even more than it did at the time is the poignancy of adage, “The days are long and the years are short.” A new baby (or babies) will stretch you and your marriage to the breaking point if you let it. One piece of advice: Find a ...read more

Is telling your kid to 'man up' a copout?

Is telling your kid to ‘man up’ a cop​-out?

If you grew up with a father who wasn't very emotional, odds are you try to raise your sons the same way. After all, there's a strong cultural push for boys to be the strong, silent types. However, you might want to consider who your son is before raising him in some predetermined way. Even if you were raised to be tough, you shouldn't tell your ...read more

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Think Vegas is Just for Adults? Think again

When you're thinking about family-friendly vacation destinations, Las Vegas probably isn't the first (or second, third or 15th) location on your list.Rather than inspiring touching memories of fatherhood, Las Vegas likely calls to mind gambling, showgirls, alcohol and Mike Tyson with a tiger. While, yes, most of those things can defi ...read more

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Top 4 Things Near Orlando That Aren’t Theme Parks

If your kids are old enough, the mere mention of Orlando inspires a wave of pleading and "I want to go to Disney World" discussions. So know now that you're probably going to end up spending time with Mickey. You'll survive.There are several other theme parks in Orlando too, and they all have their perks - but between the parkin ...read more

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1 Step for Dads to Foster more Sex

Sex is wonderful. It's our way to play, love, connect and savor one another. But having kids kills our sex lives and even our motivation, especially for moms. Without these moments of real bonding, the crazy challenge of parenting gets debilitatingly harder. Unfortunately, us men don't handle the lack of sex well and we often make the situ ...read more

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Tech gifts under $30 for dads (and grads)

Trying to find something a little different this year? The TrackR (pronounced “track-R” is a great little gadget for distracted dads prone to losing their keys around the house, or even around town. It looks like a little key charm, but thanks to a low energy Bluetooth signal that will connect to any phone running the TrackR app. It can ...read more

How Do I Explain Our Home Security System To My 5-Year-Old?

The morning routine is a solo process. Flip on the coffee pot, jack up the blind, feed the cat who’s been nudging at my face since dawn. The regimented process occasionally gets a 32-pound cog thrown into the well-oiled machine in the form of a 5-year-old boy. If the routine generates too much noise – and in my 100-year-old home a mouse farting ...read more

My Favorite Father’s Day

I’ve been a father for thirty-four years, which means I’ve been the singular object of my family’s affection for at least one day on thirty-four occasions. When my father-in-law and my father were still alive, I’d usually wake up to a sweet Father’s Day welcome and then drag myself, my kids, and our parenting gear to various parts of t ...read more

Anti-parenting makes me sad

I watched an old episode of Bill Maher last night. He was interviewing Dave Barry the humorist, and discussing some of the content in his new book Live Right and Find Happiness Dave likes to reminisce that years ago parents used to send their kids out to play, and say, “Be back by September." The implication is that we over-parent today and that ...read more

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