Boredom is Banned: Part Five, Pay Them Off
    July 13, 2012
    Boredom is Banned: Part Five, Pay Them Off

    Your kids are bored and you need help around the house.   What now? (more…)…

    Banning Boredom: Part Four, Hide
    July 12, 2012
    Banning Boredom: Part Four, Hide

    It’s summer and your kids are bored.  What should you do? Hide.    I knew you’d like this one.  No, I don’t mean that you should run and hide when your children complain of being bored.  C…

    Banning Boredom: Part Three, Relish Reading
    July 11, 2012
    Banning Boredom: Part Three, Relish Reading

    In my house, the word “boredom” is banned, as is the feeling of being bored.  If you choose to follow my lead, let me warn you that several minutes after you ban the word “boredom,” they will…

    Boredom is Banned: Part Two, Seek Water
    July 10, 2012
    Boredom is Banned: Part Two, Seek Water

    When your child declares that he is bored this summer, do what I did, and alert the residents of your home that “bored” (or any derivative thereof) is no longer a part of the English language.  N…

    Boredom is Banned: Part One, Make a Plan
    July 9, 2012
    Boredom is Banned: Part One, Make a Plan

    Summer is the season for barbeques, beaches, and boredom.  Some of the most dreaded words a parent can hear are, “I’m bored.  There’s nothing to do.”  Despite having a toy closet packed wit…

    Parenting Takes Practice
    June 15, 2012
    Parenting Takes Practice

    Your child wants to respect you.  As a dad, you have the opportunity to shape a life, and for some dads, that’s a scary thought.  Dads sell themselves short when they shy away from parenting.  Al…

    How to Be a Cool Dad
    June 14, 2012
    How to Be a Cool Dad

    Haven’t you always wanted to be a “cool dad?”  Regardless of whether you think so, you have it in you.  You can do this.  To be a “cool dad,” step away from the stereotypical dad role, an…

    A Play-Date with Dad
    June 13, 2012
    A Play-Date with Dad

    Sometimes grown-ups forget things, and not just where they left their cell phones or which remote works which machine.  Grown-ups forget what it’s like to be a kid, and though we don’t like to ad…

    The Beauty of Tag-Team Parenting
    June 12, 2012
    The Beauty of Tag-Team Parenting

    Two universal truths:  (1) Children are needy.  (2) Parents get tired. The most confident, satisfied parents seem to have found the way to deal with the two universal truths revealed above.  When p…

    Don’t Worry, Daddy’s Here
    June 11, 2012
    Don’t Worry, Daddy’s Here

    Let’s face it, sometimes fathers feel a bit left out.  They may feel a little unsure of their abilities in the parenting department, and moms, like many other species, can smell fear.  Not only do…