Giving Thanks For Thankful Kids

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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

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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

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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

Dads and their Little Mermaids

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Disney's The Little Mermaid turns 25 today. That's pretty old for an animated fish story. Even the best aquatic animals can get a little, um, ripe after a quarter-century. But for me, The Little Mermaid has Read More

3 Conversations You WILL Have With Your Young Child

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Young children are underrated as conversationalists. It could be because they're often hard to understand. (Diction isn't their strong suit.) Or, maybe, it's because they have a hard time staying focused. Read More