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...]
You’re at a party. A real life grown-up party with alcoholic beverages and everything. Your significant other has just left you to go peruse the hors d’oeuvres table and then the fear sets in. You’re left by yourself to talk to complete strangers who are older than the age of 5.What can you possibly talk to these people about? You need a subject that will help you come across as an expert. Interesting. Witty. Confident.NASCAR?Baking?Free-style skydiving but only in foreign exotic locales?Nope. Face it, the only thing you know a lot about is kids. It’s a subject you study … [Read more...]
DISCLOSURE: We would like to thank Meta health and wellness products for providing us the opportunity to promote its "Heart 2 Heart" campaign.Every parent should have an occasionally heart-to-heart talk with his or her kids, and there's no better time than February which is National Heart Health Month. There's also no reason a child can't have that same talk with his parent which is just what pro football Hall of Famer and talk show host Michael Strahan does, chatting with his father, Gene, in the new campaign for Meta.City Dads Group co-founder Lance Somerfeld and NYC Dads Group … [Read more...]
Too often I take my meals at the desk, my goodnight kisses, too, and when I stand for the first time in memory there is nothing left to greet me but a slice of bed with a warm dog on it.
+ + +I’ve sung this song countless times. The melody is dips of bitter with a pitch of sweet. The chorus is wrought with rote and tired refrain. The kids pick it up every time it comes back around, and they hum it sadly as they waltz away.Feel free to sing along if you know this one.It is the tune of grass grown greener, and the moments allowed to pass. It is … [Read more...]
The following is an excerpt from NYC Dads Group member Scott Behson’s new book, The Working Dad’s Survival Guide: How to Succeed at Work and at Home, which provides encouragement and advice for dads trying to succeed in their careers while also being the loving, involved dads they always wanted to be – that their families need them to be.Members of any City Dads group can buy the book and use coupon code CityDads20 for a 20% discount. Avoiding the Distractions of Technology Here’s one dad, in his own words:
My New Year’s Resolution is to severely limit … [Read more...]