Scene: Our dining room, evening. My daughter and I are setting the table. Her: Hey, Dad. Want to hear a funny story? Me: Always. Let's hear it. Her: OK, so today at lunch, I'm sitting outside with Grace and Skye. And we're just, whatever, hanging out by the art studio and this guy comes up to us. Me: What guy? Her: Just some random guy. Me (pausing to process): Random guy. A random guy. Like a guy your age? Or a 50-year-old guy in a raincoat roaming around your campus? Do I need to call someone? Her (rolling eyes): Oh my God. I'm talking about a kid who goes to my school. … [Read more...]
When we first realized she had lost her hearing, we were afraid that it would affect her quality of life. But rather than cower from the challenge, she owned it. ______ It is dark, and all of her world is asleep. She knows there are rules, and also that she is breaking them. It is all part of the thrill. She is stealth, and no one will ever suspect a thing. Valentine is 15 years old, according to the calendar, 105 when you factor for the canine. She was a gift to my wife on Valentine's Day that many years ago. She had been sitting alone, a small puppy in a big cage, and fit warmly in the … [Read more...]
I love my son and I love showing him that love whenever I can – be it a hug, cuddling, and, of course, kisses. I belong to a group of a few dad bloggers; and, I find that, like me, there are fellow dads who show love to their children in public and they receive funny looks from the other parents or strangers walking by. I, for one, don’t understand this. As a society, we complain that dads don’t take enough of a role in raising children, and that they don’t show enough love and affection for their children. I know there are people out there who do unspeakable things to children. Dr. Gene … [Read more...]
What is love? That was one of the many questions the children of some of our NYC Dad Group members tackled in a special web segment "Valentine's Day: How do you know when you're in love? These kids have the cutest Valentine's Day advice" for NBC's Today morning show. Check it out below: Special thanks to NYC Dads Group dudes Garett Ewald, Jason Greene, Greg Jobson-Larkin, Sydney Li, Greg Kessler, Arvind Ramnami, Will Schror and Lance Somerfeld for letting your children appear in this video. … [Read more...]
I like playing the random “Feeling Lucky” music mixes off my Google Cloud when I'm home alone with my 3-year-old. She loves pretending to sing and dances hard to the music.
A classic rock mix of CSN, Dire Straits, Supertramp and a little Fleetwood Mac come on today. I hadn't listened to most of those song in years and it took me back. My daughter perked up as I sang to her, giggling and getting playful. I turned her upside down for a huge belly laugh and, as I was bringing her back up, I looked at her laughing, … [Read more...]