When Thanksgiving Traditions Mean Not Having Any


Ask around the street and you’ll confirm what I’m about to reveal about myself: I am nothing, if not a traditionalist. I love traditions. Maybe that’s why I cheer on the Irish of Notre Dame Read More

Tiny Tim, a Mouse and More


With Thanksgiving only two days away, I have been doing some thinking about this past year and the amazing things that cause me to give thanks. It is easy to go around the table at Thanksgiving, ask everyone Read More

Giving Thanks For Thankful Kids


I've got lots of things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. And on the list—wedged right somewhere between "a roof over my family's head" and "a set of working toenail clippers," I'll give thanks that my kids Read More

Bill Cosby and Wrestling with Our Flawed Role Models

Cosby in sweater speaking at conference

Jim Gaffigan and I have more than a few things in common. We both like delicious, heart attack-inducing hamburgers. We both know some people who are Catholic. We're both dads. It's like we were separated at Read More

Middle School: One of the Most Turbulent Times in a Parent’s Life

I don't know how any parent survives middle school!

It is amazing to me with our society today that any parent (or kid) survives the troubling middle school years. It is also amazing to me how each child is different. All three of my kids faced middle school Read More

How to Avoid Raising a Stuff Monster

Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes

It starts innocent enough. Begging for things in the grocery checkout aisle. A Christmas wish list that gets a little longer each year. Pleading for the latest video game, fashionable clothing item, or Read More