Learning on the job

In an age when many parents, especially teenage fathers and fathers-to-be, shirk responsibility at the first sign that the going is getting rough, it’s so refreshing to see a young man do just the opposite. As reported by Jim McCrabb of the Middletown Journal (see “Father of 14, Now a College Graduate”), […]

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I don’t know how single parents do it.  It’s hard enough to raise kids with two parents, let alone by ones self.  I can’t imagine how my family would manage without my wife doing the things she does.   Plus she’s always there to make up for where I fall […]

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With four kids between the ages of 11 and 20, we’re living through the cell phone challenge.  We’ve asked ourselves several times the questions that most parents do:  When is the right time to give my child a cell phone?  What type of phone and plan?   How do we monitor […]

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I was at a conference for work recently where the squash coach from Trinity College was a keynote speaker for one of the sessions. While he may not be a household name in college athletics, he should be. Coach Paul Assaiante has led his teams to 13 straight national championships. […]

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I was invited to a “guys night” get together the other night. After eating some delicious manly food of ribs, pork, baked beans, and cornbread, we watched a movie called “Courageous.” It’s a movie about four sheriff’s deputies in Albany, Georgia who struggle as fathers in varying degrees. Tragedy strikes […]

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I LOVE BROADWAY! There. I said it. I admit it. I enjoy musicals. In fact, I’m taking three of my kids to see Wicked this week. I enjoy singing along to the tunes and I enjoy watching the performances. Many may say that’s not very “manly,” but I say hogwash. […]

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I often sing the Bill Cosby song that inspires this blog…”Dad is great!  He gives us chocolate cake.”   But many years ago I was trying to encourage my kids to appreciate their mother more.  Being a fantastic cook, I added my own line to Mr. Cosby’s song as a tribute […]

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I read an article yesterday about how a husband’s support of his running wife prepared him for fatherhood.  It’s a pretty humorous piece that has several elements of truth to it.  Pondering the article made me reflect on my own exercise routine and it’s relationship to parenting. About 13 years […]

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One of the all-time great stand up comedy routines is “Bill Cosby: Himself.”   There is not a dull moment in his sketch as he covers a variety of topics, including drugs, dentists, and children. As a father of four children,  I especially enjoy the part about serving his children […]

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