How do I help my son forge his own identity?How can I teach him what it means to be a leader?What should I do so he develops a set of ethical values?Reading Ten Conversations You Must Have with Your Son by Dr. Timothy Hawkes is a good way to prepare yourself for the difficult task of helping your son, especially a teenage boy, grow into a man.Hawkes, a father and Australian boarding school headmaster, writes that we have to let our sons know they are loved. But there is a fine line between saying “I love you” and showing your love. Showing your love gives him a sense of … [Read more...]
In this first Modern Dads Podcast of the new season, we talk about the joys of play -- for you and your kids -- and when parents need to step back to let children have fun on their own. On hand is Meredith Sinclair, an author and creative play advocate, to give us her wisdom and discusses her new book, Well Played: The Ultimate Guide to Awakening Your Family’s Playful Spirit.
Well Played has received generally positive reviews.
"The bulk of the book is spent reminding grown-ups that we don’t have to be so serious. We can … [Read more...]
We had two dogs before my daughter was born: a 9-year-old Rottweiler and a 2-year-old Boxer. Bailey and Sydney were spoiled rotten. We took them on walks, played with them relentlessly, and they both slept soundly in our bedroom.When expecting our first child, we received numerous suggestions – baby gadgets to buy, ways to raise our kids, stores to shop at, etc. One suggestion was on how to prepare dogs for baby entering their lives.Wait. Prepare the dogs? Are you kidding me?People warned us the dogs would not be ready for our new normal (we weren’t ready either, but that’s another … [Read more...]
If you have a kid playing any kind of organized youth sports then you know all about "daddy ball" -- the practice of father/coaches giving preferential playing time and prominence to their own children. You may be guilty of it yourself or you may be its victim (really, your kid is the real victim but we know how sports parents think it's all about them).If you fall into the latter camp, then immediately get yourself a copy of Matthew S. Hiley's Baseball Dads. "Sex. Drugs. Murder. Children's Baseball." That's the book cover's tagline and, like a list of ingredients on a food package, it … [Read more...]
Gator Dad is a delightful picture book about an involved father who happens to be an alligator.Written and illustrated by best-selling author Brian Lies, the book tells a day in the life of our hero, the Gator Dad. He starts in the morning asking his young gators to wake up and squeeze the day. And they squeeze quite a lot into the day including breakfast, playground, adventures in a park, some old fashioned romping around at home, quiet reading time, some cuddling time, and finally bedtime (with one last squeeze for good luck!)This is a picture book, so it is short and an easy … [Read more...]