Saturday, June 7, 2014. The weather? A perfect 80 or so degrees, blue skies, no humidity, a nice, cool breeze. The company? Outstanding: Dads and moms with exuberant and incredibly well-behaved kids. In a shady section of Central Park’s Great Lawn near its famous Turtle Pond, 95 people gathered for the annual NYC Dads Group "Father's Day" family picnic, sponsored by Britax/BOB. The turnout proved to be the largest in the NYC Dads Group’s five years of picnicking. Could a day be any more idyllic? Actually yes. Before the picnic even began, before the bubbles and frisbees, 16 … [Read more...]
While some advice in Wisdom For Dad may not resonate with all Hugh Weber’s book has enough material to educate a new dad and teach an old dog, like me, some new tricks. Father’s Day is our celebration day. It’s when we grin at the makeshift mugs our kids created and the promise of a day of relaxation. However, Father’s Day should really be a day for us to embrace our roles in our children’s lives, which includes instilling wisdom in them to help them become good citizens and helpful members of society. Now, try dispensing that wisdom in 140 characters or less. Hugh Weber, a staple of … [Read more...]
Editor’s Note: To celebrate Father’s Day, we asked some moms we dig what was the greatest lesson their dads taught them that they abide by in raising their own children. Here are the second batch of lessons moms learned; the first series of responses ran on Tuesday. Lessons Moms Learned: Be present, be kind, listen My father has always been there for me, no matter what. His genuinely unconditional love taught me how to accept children for who they are. Value them as individuals. That means hiking with one, cooking with another. He taught me that being kind and being there to listen … [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...]
A big City Dads Group shout-out to Beau Coffron, co-organizer of our San Francisco Dads Group, and James Mahaffey, co-organizer of our Boston Dads Group, both of whom have photo tweets featured on Redbook magazine's website in a piece on the Dove Men+Care "Real Dad Moments" campaign: Dove Goes After Slacker/Bumbling Idiot Image of Fatherhood in Latest Campaign. A few City Dads Group members and their children also appear in Dove Men+Care's new Father's Day video. L.A. Dads Group co-organizer Trevor Mulligan is one of the few who has more than a fleeting appearance onscreen, … [Read more...]
Editor’s Note: To celebrate Father’s Day, we asked some moms we dig what was the greatest lesson their dads taught them that they abide by in raising their own children. Here are the first batch of responses. Watch for more Thursday. – KMcK. Lessons Mom Learned: Quiet strength My dad was in the military for 45 years. When I tell people this, they assume he’s a tough, take-no-crap, authoritarian type of father, but that’s not at all the case. He was strict when my two sisters and I were kids, for sure, but not in the screaming, yelling type of way. Rather, my dad is quiet and genial … … [Read more...]
I dreamed for years of owning a Harley Davidson motorcycle. I’d spend hours and hours flipping through a catalogue trying to figure which “Hog” I’d buy and which leather saddlebags I’d drape over it. My desire would peak whenever I happened by two Harleys passing one another in opposite directions on the road because their riders would inevitably nod or wave to each other as they zipped by. There’s a special connection, an unspoken Harley brotherhood, and – brother – I wanted to join. My life did not take a path where I could throttle that Harley throne. Instead, I walk the New York City … [Read more...]
For the first time in 11 years, I read the novel, Things Fall Apart. As an English teacher, I honestly feel that each time you read a book, you see different things. Although it has always been a challenging read due to the spousal abuse, this time, I read this book in the mindset of a parent and husband. The protagonist Okonkwo is not the most liked of characters and a poor father at best. This is due in large part to his being influenced by his relationship with his father. In addition, his father is not much of a role model. Everything Okonkwo does is in response to how little he thought … [Read more...]
‘Twas the first day of May, and my wife Elaine and my mother sat casually feeding our daughter Sienna eggplant rollatini in a pizzeria down the block from our apartment when out of nowhere the scariest creature on the planet zoomed by Sienna’s head.
No, I’m not talking about a rat or a killer bee or a king cobra. No great white shark decided to make a side trip from the ocean to have a slice of pizza. I’m not even talking about that insidious varmint known as Elmo. I’m referring to an ordinary housefly.
I have always been a vocal proponent of public schooling.But my public school frustration has reached its limit. My wife and I view public school as part of the social contract that binds our country together. We actively participate in our kids’ education and I am currently the PTA president and in the past I have been VP and treasurer. While I think the teachers and administration at my children’s school are fantastic, at the moment, I feel like throwing my hands up in the air and, in a sense, waving them like I just don’t care. They are involved and care about the students, but the … [Read more...]