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Do You Name Your Stuff?

Do You Name Your Stuff?

Raising daughters presented an opportunity for me to probe the intricate workings of the female mind. I had discovered within a few months marriage to Shawn that her mind consists of unfathomable layers. Should a man brazenly think he has mapped part of that territory he will find in retrospection that he was mistaken. The […]

Hurricane Preparedness for Daughters

Hurricane Preparedness for Daughters

My darling Amanda and Michelle, As you are no doubt aware we are expecting the arrival of some part of Hurricane Irma in the coming days. I thought I would share some ideas to preserve you safely through the storm and any inconveniences she may bring us. You no doubt recall Hurricane Fran from 1996, […]

It’s What Dads Do

It’s What Dads Do

The role of dad changes as children mature into adulthood. Today my bond-strengthening opportunities with my daughters usually begin with a question, “Hey, Dad, can we…?” Oh, the joy of yet another project to plan and implement. Whether it is a shop episode, a home repair challenge, or a garden undertaking, I stand ready to […]

The Middle Child

The Middle Child

I’m a middle child. I had no say-so in the matter. Someone’s birth pushed me into the position. How do middle children happen? A couple produces child #1, The First Born, and revels in the novelty of watching that baby progress from a non-stop poop factory to a slobbering noise-maker. Joy abounds once the tyke […]

Just Ask Dad

Just Ask Dad

Raising two daughters gave me firsthand experience with “puppy dog eyes”, a technique the girls deployed in an attempt to get their way. The sparkling wide-open eyes and the angelic expressions were designed to turn Dad into a pile of mush. Shawn was immune to the tactic for some reason. But me? Let’s just say […]

Help Young People Make Good Decisions

Help Young People Make Good Decisions

Grownups sometimes forget that young people face as many decisions in a typical day as we do. Choosing one flavor of ice cream over another or opting for waffles over pancakes may seem less important than the weighty matters of adulthood, but we miss teaching opportunities when we label our children’s decisions as not important. […]