I’ve learned that brothers manipulate each other like salesmen. If one of them wants something, all they have to do is feign not being interested in it and the other one will back off. This rule holds true unless it’s something that has an attraction so undeniably strong that neither one can fake it. Enter the doughnuts. Our grocery shopping trips always starts in the far right of the local Publix supermarket. That way we can pop by the bakery and get a free cookie. Free cookies, especially when the kids need a snack or you’ll be in the store for a long time, help keep daddy sane ... … [Read more...]
During our recent vacation, we spent some time with the family and a handful of 7- to 13-year-olds. Since not every day was sunny, the kids spent some time watching television and it was at this time that I was reminded of how superior Pee-wee’s Playhouse was to every children’s live action show ever made. I use the words “children’s live action show” loosely because when I saw Pee-wee’s Playhouse I was in college. The show ran from 1986 to 1990 on CBS and I saw almost every episode. I was far from a child, but the fact that it could be enjoyed by children and adults is what was so … [Read more...]
Every morning, when the kids get downstairs, it’s the same ritual. Our youngest sits to my left and his older brother sits directly across from him. He’ll talk about how he had “a good sleep” and ask about what we’re doing tomorrow, at which point I’ll remind him that we have lots of fun stuff to do today. While all of this is happening, Abby, our 14-year-old flat coat retriever has already set up camp under our youngest’s chair. The boy is just the right height to massage her with his bare feet, and if anyone at the table is going to drop something edible it’s going to be him. At … [Read more...]
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey is something I could have used as a kid. There was very little direction in my house and I just drifted from class to class in high school. If you pictured my life as The Breakfast Club, I was Brian. The difference was, while he got too much direction and pressure from his parents, I didn’t get enough. It doesn't sound that bad – but it wreaks havoc with your confidence. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens are the same as the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, which makes sense as Teens author Sean Covey is the son of Stephen … [Read more...]
Editor's Note: Who loves the Atlanta children’s museum more than us? Our kids, of course. Our week-long celebration of "Summer in Our City Dads Group Cities" heads south.
One of the favorite places the boys and I like to visit is The Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Granted it seems like a no-brainer that a place with such a title would be one of our favorites, but they were slow to warm up to it. Now that they are 2 and 4 they love it because every exhibit has some sort of hands-on component.
It varies as … [Read more...]