In the world of search engines and smartphones, we’ve become somewhat conditioned as a culture to trust the offerings on the first page. No different when it comes to parenting as a simple search of advice yields 220 million results. But go no further than the first page where you will find “50 Easy Ways […]

On a Father’s Path, there is a lot of learning as you go. Between your own stations of life, the uniqueness of your children, and their evolving needs in each successive developmental stage, there are a lot of slack-jaw moments spent at the crossroads of Uncertainty and Wit’s End. One of the many valuable lessons […]

Over the years the mischievous nature and unique flavor of boy humor has been a constant, from the early days of pull-ups on through stubble-faced grins. The brand of humor is both inevitable and unpredictable, from subtle tones and impromptu comments, to carefully crafted pranks, to a wordless and house-shaking physicality. One testament, a group […]

Years before fatherhood—and I’m talking many years—it seemed that everyone in my neighborhood had a nickname. The skill of nicknaming appears to be on a downtrend and it makes me wonder. Back then, nicknames were earned and for the most part endearing. The nickname was carefully considered and spoke to something singular in a person’s […]

As the first half of 2018 comes to a close, the second half starts very different than it has for the last 17 years. On the horizon is the annual family beach trip, the unofficial, and completely artificial bookend of a year of family life. It’s a time for reflection, connection, and simply being… with […]

On this day fathers are honored. But the truth is it is an honor to be a father. An honor to be given a precious life to care for, understand, nurture, challenge, nudge, push, and love no matter what. No backup plan. My life does not change on this day, not one bit. I do […]

Recently, it occurred to me that one of the most important decisions I ever made happened in the summer of 1967. Back then adults always seemed to ask kids, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” In ’67 the answers were much different, but it seems today the “growing up” question is […]