Psychologist Recommends Children not have Best Friends?

Childhood is tough. We all have suffered the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune as kids, whether it was a years of ongoing bullying and hassle from other kids or whether it was a string of sleights that grew over time into A Big Deal. I’ve seen all three of my children have to wrestle with one of the great challenges of adolescence time and again: exclusion. This doesn’t go away as an adult, of…Read More

Parents, Don’t Wear Pajamas To School

Kate Chisholm, the headteacher of Skerne Park Academy in Darlington England is under attack for asking the parents of her primary school children to ensure that they dress appropriately for the weather when dropping off their children in the morning. Skerne Park is a non-profit primary school, so we’re talking children that are in 1st thru 5th grades, and apparently the parents are dropping off their children while wearing pajamas, robes and slippers, even as their…Read More

The Latest Parenting Trend: 3d Printed Fetuses

This has to go into the “what the hell?” category: According to popular English Web site Channel Mum, 3D printed fetuses based on the data from ultrasound scans is the most popular trend in parenting for 2016 based on their extensive member survey. In fact, there are now multiple companies that offer the service both in the UK and here in the United States too. It’s simple enough, the companies take multiple ultrasound photos and convert…Read More

LA Unified School District’s iPad program ends up a bust

$1.3 billion dollars later, it appears that the Los Angeles Unified School District‘s Common Core Technology Project (aka “iPads-for-all”) is a bust, a massive waste of taxpayer money and a boondoggle of massive proportions. It was a sweet contract for Apple, no question, when one of the largest school districts in the United States signed a contract to purchase 700,000 iPads through money raised through a popular Bond issue. But it didn’t quite work out…Read More

I Voted, And You Should Have Voted Too. But…

I’m a staunch believer in voting and the importance of our individual voices in the political system here in the United States. In fact, I believe that deciding not to vote invalidates your opinion: if you don’t like the system, work on improving it, and that starts by voting out the people you don’t like and voting for those you do. Does each vote count? Well, it depends on the size of the race, doesn’t…Read More

Tyreke Evans and VSP Vision Care Team Up For Eyesight

Sometimes the information that comes across the transom is surprisingly cool, and as my son is an avid basketball fan and player, I’m particularly interested in hearing about basketball. In particular, about professional basketball players who are doing well, giving back to their community and really stepping up their game to serve as a positive role model for children like mine. There are other athletes who seem to act more like overgrown children, earning millions but…Read More

25% of US Workers have No Vacation Time?

According to the Center for Economic Policy & Research, the United States of America is the only so-called advanced economy in the world that doesn’t gaurantee employees paid vacation. The report says: European countries establish legal rights to at least 20 days of paid vacation per year,  with legal requirements of 25 and even 30 or more days in some countries. Australia and New Zealand both require employers to grant at least 20 vacation days per…Read More

Why is gratitude so rare in children?

It’s a common complaint from all parents, and likely one that my own parents would have shared with me had I have been listening at the time: why aren’t you more grateful for what we give you? I believe that gratitude is an emotion in short supply across our culture, but where I most notice it is with children. Not just my own, though there’s no question that I’d be happy to see my children…Read More

Walmart Promotes Women-Owned Businesses and Products for Mother’s Day

This post brought to you by Walmart and Walmart Foundation. All opinions are 100% mine. I think there’s a mythic woman who surfaces on Mother’s Day every year in our national consciousness, the Norman Rockwell-esque stay at home mom who has fresh treats ready for when the kids get home from school, wears a cute 50s frock, keeps the house immaculate and is ready with a kiss and a hot, balanced dinner for when Dad…Read More

Why I wish we’d have banked our children’s cord blood

Disclaimer: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Dad Central for the Cord Blood Registry. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. It’s something every parent wants to avoid thinking about, that nagging worry about “what if?”  You know what I mean. What if my child gets into a terrible accident? What if they contract a dread illness? What if the magical mix of genes that you and your spouse…Read More

How Technology is Changing Personal Finance

I was recently interviewed by the team at about my views on finances, money and how technology will change our perception of everything in this realm. Here’s the link:  Dave Taylor on How Technology is Changing Money Oh, and to whet your appetite, here’s one of the Q&A’s there: Do you think that banking apps are the real future of banking? How do you think these apps will change things in the next decade?…Read More

I’m in the Dads Club member spotlight!

This is pretty sweet: Dad’s Club, a spin-off of the National Fatherhood Initiative, picked me as their Dad of the Month (I guess that’s what it’s called) and I’m in the Member Spotlight. If you haven’t heard of the National Fatherhood Initiative, I urge you to check it out. It’s a DC-based group that’s trying to do something about the alarming lack of fathers in our children’s lives. It’s a staggering problem: over 30% of…Read More

Zombie Apocalypse health care video? Really.

This is great fun if you haven’t seen it: Honestly, what health insurance company produces a video not just about zombies, but about how to kill zombies? Watch it even though it’s about zombies, and kudos to Rocky Mountain Health Plans for its Zombie Health Plans promo campaign, for doing something different to promote a product that is kinda hard to sell. Like this: ALREADY A ZOMBIE? YOU’RE COVERED! If you have ANY pre-existing condition…Read More

Learning to Accept a Helping Hand

A friend of mine was telling me about an interesting situation his 7th grade daughter’s gotten him into…. Seems her best friend lives with her Dad every other week even though they have a schedule problem: he works in Denver and has to leave by 7:00am to get to work on time, but school doesn’t start until 8:30am. She can, of course, get up, get ready for school and bike the about 2mi without a…Read More

Military Dads and Dove Mission Care

I lucked out with military service. My Dad was in the Royal Air Force, my sister was in the US Army and then the Army Reserves, my uncles, my grandfathers, my brother-in-law, lots of military service in my extended family, but while I have thought about it a few times, that wasn’t the path I took. I now live in a famously liberal community, Boulder Colorado, and to be candid, somehow people in my area…Read More