There is a certain convenience to having a community pool. You get to know your neighbors, there are lifeguards, and it is close to home. However, there are still rules. Usually simple rules – don’t run, be safe, and don’t poop in the pool.Let’s set the scene: I was at the pool with The Boy having a grand time. The lifeguards begin the chorus of whistles which means that it is time for adult swim. Now the cool caveat to that is there is a kiddie pool that remains open during the big pool break.And that kiddie pool is where our adventure took … [Read more...]
There are any number of ways to fill a child's schedule, from leaving open blocks of freedom to cramming it full like a dance card. It falls all over the parenting spectrum: obligation, burden, guilt, bonding, joy, nostalgia, the teaching of skills and the learning of lessons. It's like a Pixar movie in a pinny. We find the time and the funds that said schedule dictates, then force the world to see all the fun that we are having — late nights of homework and fast food dinners seldom make the cut of Facebook fodder.At what point does it all become too much and we create overscheduled … [Read more...]
Editor's Note: City Dads Group is proud to occasionally feature writing from members of The Handsome Father, a support community that helps connect, prepare and inspire gay fathers. In this inspirational piece, Craig Peterson writes about his special-needs son, Andrew.From the day I met my adopted son Andrew at age 5, he liked to walk in front. He wanted to lead.Meanwhile, my two younger sons were in no hurry. They liked to walk hand-in-hand with their new father and didn’t want to share me with anyone – including their older brother. But Andrew didn’t mind. He’d be off on his own … [Read more...]
Failure at something is how we learn. We try, we fail, we adjust, make notes, turn a tweak and try again. We may eventually win or we may find something else along the way that takes us in a whole new direction.
+ + +“I’m not good at it,” he said, as if that were reason enough not to try.“What does 'good' have to do with it?” I asked.“I can’t do it.”“You won’t do it,” I corrected. “There’s a difference.”We were standing outside the batting cage with a handful of quarters and helmets that smelled of sweat and disinfectant. I had planned … [Read more...]
There will be wings. There will be beers. There will be lots of yelling when someone misses a crucial late-game free throw. Most all, when members from City Dads Group chapters all around the country get together tonight for NCAA men's college basketball viewing parties, there will be many bonding moments. In other words, male friendship. Thanks, Dove Men+Care.This is appropriate as the men's grooming products company, our partner for a third straight year in hosting "March Madness" viewing parties for our more than 5,000 members, recently commissioned the "Bonds of Real Strength" … [Read more...]