We don’t need fathers! …Or, do we?
My son is connected to my wife through strong, natural bonds. Her body kept his alive for two years. For his first nine months, her voice was the soundtrack of his universe, and it will always be a melody of… Read More
Dads who are present… long after they're gone
I’m still smiling. A couple weeks ago, my son Aidan and I were invited on a father-child deer hunt to northern Nebraska. What continues to make me happy is not only the fact that my son shot a giant whitetail,… Read More
Fatherhood, hunting, and fishing… too brutal to go together?
“I do hunt, and I do fish, and I don’t apologize to anybody for hunting and fishing.” – Norman Schwarzkopf I started thinking about being a dad when I was in high school. Fatherhood… what could be more rewarding? Nothing. My… Read More
Bored by too much to do
“I’m bored, Mom. Give me something to do!” The woman standing behind me at the checkout line of the hardware store handed her son her smartphone, and said, “Here…play with this.” Children seem to be growing up bored today. And… Read More
Fathers…Superheroes or Superzeroes
“Would you tell me about your dad?” That’s one of my favorite questions to ask another person. Few inquiries surface strong feelings quicker. I’ve had people respond by turning fifty shades of red. Some have sobbed with disappointment. Others have… Read More
Boys to Men: Hip Bar Mitzvah Video
I’ve got a 9-year old son who is itching on the inside to become a man. He tries to talk in a deep voice, give advice to everyone, including our pets, and volunteer for all the “heavy lifting” chores around… Read More
Clicking Parties and Other Milestones
Our youngest daughter, Claire, has had a hard time learning to read. Our first two children took to books like honeybees to flowers, but their sister has had a harder time locating the nectar. Awhile back, my wife, Jamie, told… Read More
Slaying Dragons and Eating Peas
What my nine-year-old son hears: I’m going to be gone for about a week…so you’re the man on the house, Son. You’re the one to slay the Kraken if he’s released in our neighborhood. You’d better sharpen all your weapons,… Read More
Do You Tell Your Kids When You're Struggling?
I’ve blogged in the past about being careful to not make our children deal with images from our past that could hurt them. If our transgressions screw-ups have been removed from us as far as the east is from… Read More