As the Days of All My Bold and Beautiful Children are Restless

If you or someone you know happens to be writing a soap opera or telenovela, my wife and I would like to invite you to spend the morning in our home where you can soak up some great source material. The following is a small sample of the dialogue you're at some point likely to … Continue reading As the Days of All My Bold and Beautiful Children are Restless

“I want all unmarked bills and a jet to Cuba!”

I love being a dad, but nothing prepared me for how "challenging" school mornings can be. It's sometimes like a hostage negotiation: As precious minutes tick away, we've got to navigate people's feelings, running on-the-spot emotional profiles on all parties involved; we're frantically slipping food in and out of bags; there's generally one person who … Continue reading “I want all unmarked bills and a jet to Cuba!”

Parents Be Warned – Beware the Clubhouse (A Throwback Thursday Jam)

(This is from a FB post from a couple years back.  I feel even stronger about this today.) PARENTS, BE INFORMED: The kids watched Mickey Mouse Clubhouse tonight, and I really paid attention for the first time. I don't like what I saw. Mickey obviously runs the town. Not like a Mayor or a town manager. … Continue reading Parents Be Warned – Beware the Clubhouse (A Throwback Thursday Jam)

The Futility of “Communication”

Me: Does anyone want any more spaghetti before I put it up? {Silence} Me: Girls? Sam? I'm putting up the spaghetti. {No response} Me: I'm going to put up the spaghetti.  No one wants any? {Crickets} Me: Ok, I'm putting up the spaghetti now. {Never has the house been so quiet} Me: Ok, last chance … Continue reading The Futility of “Communication”