Articles By: Jeff

I Get Better With A Little Help From My Friends

I Get Better With A Little Help From My Friends My definition of a friend was as rigid as glass when I was young. It all started with a song lyric from the album that changed my life when I was an impressionable 17 year old kid: “Your ideas, your image, your definition of a friend” Before this song, before that lyric, I had never considered defining... October 16th, 2017 | Parenting Blog | Read More

How To Raise Daughters To Love Their Bodies When You Hate Yours

How To Raise Daughters To Love Their Bodies When You Hate Yours I finish pissing and step up onto the digital scale for the 3rd time today, with more eagerness than the occasion warrants. There are water stains on the reflective black surface from the kids swinging their wet hands over to reach the hand towel after washing up. Every once in a while I’ll bend... October 5th, 2017 | Parenting Blog | Read More

Reluctantly Putting It All Away At The End of Summer

Reluctantly Putting It All Away At The End of Summer It’s over. The fat lady has sung. The dust has most definitely settled. The summer is over. Summertime is a memory now, fading slowly in the dying sunlight. School is on again and the associated paperwork is already taking over every flat surface of my home. The furniture in the backyard is spared... September 23rd, 2017 | Parenting Blog | Read More

Friday Night With Books and a Mouse

Friday Night With Books and a Mouse Her mother and sister had already left for their weekend away. They are heading up north. We aren’t pushing back until morning, going south to Virginia for soccer, history and hiking. I showered first and then she got in with a shower cap to continue preserving the dyed color that clings to her hair. Neither... September 22nd, 2017 | Parenting Blog | Read More

On Throwing A Very Special Sweet Sixteen Party

On Throwing A Very Special Sweet Sixteen Party It would be too easy to blame the walls, to blame the regressive nature of what I swear was a dignified brown paint fifteen years ago, for our lack of entertaining. Over time, that evocative brown became emotionless beige and while we adventure together outside of the house, from Gaudi’s fractured... September 22nd, 2017 | Parenting Blog | Read More

On Finally Feeling Like A Good Dad

On Finally Feeling Like A Good Dad Our TV is almost never on. It sits upon a recently stained Ikea buffet, angled slightly and extending a thumb’s length off the edge. It’s a 42″ semi-reflective black mirror for 23 1/2 hours a day, on average. When the television is on, it’s the manicured green grass of European... September 12th, 2017 | Parenting Blog | Read More

Exciting Family Entertainment Coming This Fall on Netflix, Nickelodeon and Your Favorite Podcast Provider

Exciting Family Entertainment Coming This Fall on Netflix, Nickelodeon and Your Favorite Podcast Provider We always look forward to fall. But this September, it is more than just the soccer on TV, crisp autumn air blowing in through the open windows, and crunchy leaves scattered on the ground that has us ready for fall! There’s a ton of exciting Family Entertainment coming soon. Here’s what we... September 11th, 2017 | OWTK TV News | Read More

In Not Being There For My Kids This Summer, My Greatest Dad Fear Was Realized

In Not Being There For My Kids This Summer, My Greatest Dad Fear Was Realized I had been up for hours already. Threadbare was my body, fueled incompletely throughout the long dark and lonely night by soft serve twists and by ice cold chocolate milk from stainless steels troughs surrounded by the clamoring masses desperately seeking reams of thick cut bacon and other greasy breakfast... September 8th, 2017 | Parenting Blog | Read More
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