My teens want to play Cards Against Humanity. Except…

A funny situation has arisen related to us visiting my son while he’s away from home: I asked him what he’d like me to bring from home and his first request was the rather adult card game Cards Against Humanity. I enjoy the game and the one time my teens and I played, it was quite hilarious (even if they didn’t fully understand every single card) (which I was glad of!). But the wrinkle is…Read More

Participation Trophy? What a waste of time…

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison caused quite a kerfuffle in the parenting world this week when he said that the “participation trophies” his young sons had been given in their sports league were pointless and gave them back to the organization. ESPN has a good story on it, as does USA Today. “While I am very proud of my boys for everything they do and will encourage them till the day I die, these trophies…Read More

Rockport DresSports Luxe Giveaway!

Here’s a funny story: I love Rockport shoes and wear them all the time. In fact, I’ve even written about them [My New Favorite Shoes from Rockport] and participated in Rockport media campaigns. The company has perfectly melded the style of dress shoes with the comfort and performance elements of sports shoes. What’s not to love? Still, when they approached me about helping out with the new DresSports Luxe Collection launch, I had to be…Read More

How I Survived my Son’s Cancer, a Dad’s Story…

This is a powerful guest post by fellow dad Dan Feltwell. Take a deep breath… When my son Danny was born in 2008, I made some important promises to him. I promised to love him, I promised to protect him, and I promised to give him the best possible life filled with love and adventures. I dreamt of coaching my son in sports and I dreamt of teaching him everything I know. I was scared and…Read More

My Profile in the Father’s Day Denver Post

The call came out of the blue, about a week prior to Father’s Day. Denver Post reporter Colleen O’Connor had been assigned to write a profile piece for the Father’s Day issue of the Post and wanted to know if she could interview me. We talked for about an hour, then she asked if she and Andy, one of the Post photographers, could come out to the house and expand the piece. To her surprise,…Read More

When your adopted child says “you’re not my parent”…

Both of my daughters have had adopted Chinese girls as best friends, and my youngest’s “bestie” has been at our house many, many times, and vice versa. I certainly know many adopted children and adults and two of my cousins were adopted, but my children are all the product of my genes (for better or worse, they’d quickly add!) so while intellectually I understand the concept of adoption, the practical experience of fathering an adopted child…Read More

Fast5 was indeed fast and easy…

Okay, so I’m officially one week into my Nutrisystem adventure (it starts here: Time to Slim Down with Nutrisystem) and it started with a kick-start called “Fast 5” that really focuses on balancing my glycemic index, or at least that’s what I believe was going on. Definitely didn’t involve Vin Diesel and really fast cars, unfortunately. What proved to be the case is that it ended up being pretty darn little food and, in the…Read More

Time to Slim Down Again with Nutrisystem

I need to just admit it: I have a fairly stressful life and not only is parenting difficult, but the particulars of parenting my children – fabulous and wonderful though they are – proves challenging on a day to day basis. You know the stresses if you’re a parent, thinking simultaneously of the moment and of the long-term perspective on things. I’ve written before about get-through-it moments versus fix-it moments, but what I don’t tend…Read More

I Save The Day for Avengers: Age of Ultron!

My teens are excited about the opening of Avengers: Age of Ultron, as is just about every other Marvel superhero movie fan in the United States and throughout the world. My guess is that this is going to be the #2 strongest film this year in the box office (nothing will supplant the seventh Star Wars movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and as this is opening weekend, it’s #1 on the list of a lot…Read More

Interview with author Keith Zafren

I met Keith Zafren at the Dad 2.0 Summit in San Francisco: He kept asking questions during the discussion I led on Internet safety. We’re both dads of teenagers and we’re both passionate about keeping them safe online. Keith also wrote the book How To Be A Great Dad and is the founder of The Great Dads Project. Here’s a Q&A so you can learn more about his efforts too: Q: Keith, does it surprise you that…Read More

Interview with Tim Myers, Author of “Glad to Be Dad”

Ever wonder what goes through the head of a book author when they’re writing about parenting, fatherhood and the incredibly personal world of their family and relationship with their children as they push the keys on their keyboard? Imagine having thousands of people read your words, people who aren’t part of the online world but the rest of everyone too. And imagine your children reading the book 10-15 years from now too. Yikes. Fortunately, when…Read More

We Dad Bloggers are Rewriting the Rules

I’m honored to have been interviewed by reporter Martha Ross for a piece she had published in today’s San Jose Mercury News entitled Dad bloggers rewrite rules of fatherhood. You can read the full article on their Web site, but I’ll just highlight the parts were I’m quoted, just in case you have a limited attention span. I also want to note what I did and didn’t say, because as with many interviews I’ve given, what…Read More

My New Favorite Shoes from Rockport

I’m not much for fashion and I don’t think I dress particularly stylishly. I’m not quite at the point of ratty t-shirts and flip-flops, though if I lived by the beach that might happen more often than I want to admit. Still, my goal when getting dressed is comfort and if I have to choose between comfort and appearance, well, let’s just say I haven’t graced the cover of any fashion magazines in a while….Read More

A Walking Tour of San Francisco at the Dad 2.0 Summit

I just spent the last weekend in beautiful San Francisco at the Dad 2.0 Summit, hanging out with over 300 other Dads (and a bunch of Moms), talking about parenting, children, beer, fashion, toys, Star Wars, travel and beer. I also hosted a roundtable discussion on teens and Internet safety, but that felt like a minor part of the weekend, no question. I have been to every Dad 2.0 Summit — this was the fourth —…Read More

Valentine’s Day as a Single Parent

In my imagination, a beautiful woman is poised to surprise me with gifts and a surreptitiously planned super romantic overnight get-away to celebrate Valentine’s Day. In reality, however, I’m a single dad and life isn’t quite that exotic. There’s no beautiful girlfriend in my life at this point, so today’s actually all about my kids. And that’s okay. It is fortunate that my youngest, now 11yo, has arranged for a small Valentine’s Day party, though,…Read More

Brokering a Peace to end The Great Pillow War

I don’t know if all kids do this or just mine, but my children positively love pillows and blankets. We have a ridiculous number of both and there’s constant bickering about who got the blue one, which of the pink ones is supposed to be on which bed, and worse. It’s lunacy, really. And then there are the pillows. Across the four beds in our house, we must have at least 20 pillows. I have four…Read More

Missing Dad’s Wisdom More than Ever

[This is a guest post from my friend Christian Toto. The sentiment is definitely one I share too.] Not a day goes by where I don’t do or say something exactly as my father might. I make weird, grunting sounds when I pick something up just like Dad, and my hand gestures mirror his so completely it’s like I’m Frank Caliendo 2.0. But am I as good a dad as my Father was to me?…Read More

Coping with a child’s major surgery

[This is a guest article by fellow single Dad Broc Atkinson, whose 16yo son just had to go through surgery after a major injury sustained while playing basketball. I asked him to share how he coped with the experience…] My 16 year old son just had his first surgery from a sports injury, and these steps are what helped us get through it. I hope they’ll be albe to help other parents out if they…Read More

Of absent fathers and the culture that allows that choice…

Received a nice note from a reader that’s worthy of discussion: I stumbled upon your website. Being that I am a single mom (sole parent) and a member of our neighborhood single mom’s club (which is really play dates involving wine), it was refreshing to read some of your articles and how you actually spend time with your children and take care of them, and most importantly love them. Most of our group’s ex-husbands do…Read More

Following in my footsteps…

Like many adults, I am aware that many of the personal and career decisions I made in my life were influenced by my Dad, my choices influenced, overtly or subconsciously by what I felt would gain me approval and respect from my father. That’s one reason I moved into writing and publishing: My Dad was an excellent, funny writer whose primary outlet was a snarky gossip column in a trade magazine — Type World — for…Read More

A Surprisingly Happy Thanksgiving Celebration

I’m all for gratitude and taking the time to remember what we appreciate and are thankful for. I think we all tend to be so busy yearning for something newer, bigger, better, shinier that it’s way too easy to forget all the blessings we have in our daily lives, whether we’re living the good life in a fancy penthouse or big house or otherwise. For my family, I’ve been chugging along as a single dad…Read More