Being a modern parent means concerns about balancing work, life and family that most of our moms and dads never worried about. ThirdPath Institute founder Jessica DeGroot, center, joins us on our latest Modern Dads Podcast to discuss "The New Normal" where parents thinking creatively to find ways to be successful in their careers, be the best parent they can, and still have time for themselves. We also talk about Thursdays with Thirdpath, a monthly webinar series that will focus on men's stories to demonstrate an integrated approach to work and life. The Parents' Phrase Book author … [Read more...]
When summer break officially ended for me, a teacher, and my kids a few weeks ago, it got me thinking about the similarities and differences between teaching and parenting. Here are my Top 5 similarities: 1. You can’t use the bathroom when you want. In school your schedule is regimented by bells. There are bells in your sleep. When you have a classroom full if students, you can’t just leave them when nature calls. Likewise, when you have young children, you can’t always just drop what you are doing and visit the little boys room. Such is life. The difference? While you can’t visit the … [Read more...]
Tuesday was one of those days. My smile was a facade, it was there, but wasn't as wide, or bright, or authentic, as it usually is. At one point, my daughter even asked me why I wasn't goofing around as much as I usually do.
I was grumpy. I had a bad case of the grown-ups.
I'm not going to trouble you with the details, partially because I'm not sure what the particulars actually were, but I was stressed and fixated on things both in and out of my control. And at one point, I started getting stressed about … [Read more...]
So far, I think I am winning summer. In less than a week, we have: gone to a baseball game, seen fireworks, made s’mores, camped outside, grilled multiple times, played in the pool, played in the rain, played video games, written journals, read books, seen How to Train Your Dragon 2, gone to gymnastics, started swim class, and just overall had fun. I call myself a Seasonal Stay-at-Home Dad because, well, I am seasonal. I am a teacher by trade and father by nature -- or something like that. I cherish my SAHD time and enjoy the fun stuff we get to do. Sometimes it’s simple. Sometimes it's … [Read more...]
Blooming onions, beat-up red Jeeps, and baseball lineups are all part of our conversation with father and son Bill and Willie Geist, TV personalities and authors of the new book, Good Talk Dad: The Birds and the Bees...and Other Conversations We Forgot to Have. We also talk about the challenges of being a good dad while pursuing a TV career, the changing media portrayal of dads, and life with a family in New York City.
Bill Geist is the beloved, award-winning, long-time special correspondent for "CBS: Sunday Morning," whose debut Little League Confidential was … [Read more...]