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This summer is going to be different
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This summer is going to be different

A XXXL guy bopping up and down on a riding mower — yeah, no. I never liked the optics of that scene, so I never painted it. Instead, I’d walk behind a push mower with a modest 21” cutting width, going back and forth and forth and back every 5-7 […]

Making The Summer Safer, No Helicopter Parenting Required
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Making The Summer Safer, No Helicopter Parenting Required

There’s a helicopter museum near our house. I’m sure it’s lovely. I dunno, I’ve never been. In the early days of my life as a stay-at-home dad a decade ago, that museum was something of a punchline in jokes volleyed between my wife and me. She’d wind me up with […]

How The Tween Stays Clean and This Family Stays Close
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How The Tween Stays Clean and This Family Stays Close

Ten is 99.44% pure. Ten is clean-as-a-whistle knock knock jokes on repeat and dirt beneath fingernails with hands in cookie jars. Ten is clean but needs to get cleaner every night to remove the smell of ten. Eleven, thus far, a few weeks in, isn’t offering much relief from that […]

My Three Incredible Stay-At-Home Dad Superpowers
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My Three Incredible Stay-At-Home Dad Superpowers

Rickety knees have relegated the scaling of tall buildings to fantasyland for me; leaping those same skyscrapers in a single bound, what with that degenerative lower back and all, is, at this point in life, an even worse idea. I may not have actual superpowers like Elastigirl, or even in […]

The Push and Pull of Parenting My Pre-Teen Daughter
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The Push and Pull of Parenting My Pre-Teen Daughter

For over fourteen years I’ve been waiting for the scales to level, for the other shoe to drop. Things have been too smooth, too easy, relatively speaking, and while the shoe is still on today, the laces are undone and the seams in the socks are annoying as hell. Parenting […]

Carnival Cruise's Christine Duffy, ALSAC's Richard Shadyac Jr. and incredible St. Jude kid Victoria.
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A Marriage of Fun And Fundraising Between Carnival and St. Jude

If you’ve ever cruised with Carnival, you know already that the popular cruise line is committed big style to supporting the everlasting efforts of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, helping to ensure that children with cancer get the treatment they need and that their parents never get a bill for […]

Saying You’re Beautiful
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Saying You’re Beautiful

It’s tricky terrain, still, because it feels so damn weird saying “you’re beautiful” out loud to them but I do know now that not saying it ever is so much worse. My story from back in March of this year for WHYY Philadelphia tackles the linguistic and body image struggles […]

Laughing Our Way Into The Teen Years
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Laughing Our Way Into The Teen Years

“So you’re telling me, that if you saw Adolf Hilter walking down the street, you wouldn’t kill him?” “Well that’s not what I was saying. But sure, let’s talk about this…entirely new topic”. My fourteen year old daughter has had a quick wit that belied her age since I was […]

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