|Happy Father's Day||
For Mothers’ Day, my husband surprised me with an old fashioned brunch at one of those fancy country club-like places you see in the movies: white linen tablecloths, fresh flowers, silver chafing dishes brimming with food, and plenty of champagne. At the end of the meal —frankly, not wanting it...
Don’t flush your toy train down the toilet
Don’t lock your mother out of the house
|The Last Fish||
“If you eat fish, you’ve gotta learn to catch fish. And if you catch fish, you’ve gotta learn to clean fish.”
That was my dad’s motto with all three of his little daughters. As soon as we were able to put wax worms on our own hooks, Dad made sure we helped clean the bluegills we caught...
|Channeling Earl Woods||
Welcome to the generation of the “over the top” parents. Our generation is doing things for our kids that our parents could not have imagined. I think we are in the midst of a parenting craze that is going to soon be nicknamed, analyzed and made fun of for years to come. I’m going to go ahead...
|The Pick-Up Artist||
“Daddy, lock your doo-wer.” Cindy says as we pull out of my ex-wife’s driveway.
Cindy and her six-year-old twin, Miranda, are already in pajamas and buckled into second-hand car seats, their arms just long enough to flip the door locks. My nine-year-old son Charlie is locked and loaded...
|Baking with My Four Year Old Daughter||
I want to do it
|Tooth Fairy Economics||
“Dad, why does the tooth fairy give money for teeth?” Like all five-year-olds, my son Christopher was nothing if not inquisitive.
I paused. I’d been through the standard Santa Claus questions and could discuss rocket-powered sleighs and how Santa could ingest a few hundred million...
|The Ripple Effect||
When a father dies,
Grief ripples through
|The Well-Dressed Dad||
Clothes make the man, hmm? Well, in our house, the woman makes the clothing donation decisions, even for the man. A few months back, I was wandering through the closet, searching for a few of my husband's most beloved (read: trashed) shirts that I had decided were going to go the way of the...
|One in a Million||
After leaving school early to help on the family farm, Dad worked as a laborer for much of his life.
|Becoming A Father||
I had something of a panic attack at lunchtime today.
I think I became a father.
|Let The Hammer Do The Work||
A few days before Father’s Day, a radio talk show host invited listeners to call in and share the best advice their fathers ever gave them.
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