Kids operate from an unrelatable place, often with no logical motivation or rationale for their behavior. Kind of like your boss. Or your clients. Or your annoying coworker Karen. While nothing you bring from work will help you at home, as a man with a college-degree and almost two decades of experience in the professional world, I believe there are many things you can learn from interacting with your kids to help you at work. I mean, if you can survive dealing with your toddler, you can deal with anyone. So why aren't there more business tips based on parenting? Here’s how parenting can … [Read more...]
We all want to treat our children well, but how can we avoid going too far and creating a spoiled brat? Ron Lieber, a New York Times personal finance columnist and author of the recently released book The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money, offers parents the advice they need on this topic while offering tips on setting limits on allowance and birthday presents on our latest Modern Dads Podcast. Lieber also provides our listeners with some helpful suggestions on how to save for your children's college.
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Back in June, before the school day begins, my daughter is writing in her diary. I take a peek because I'm curious and often she keeps it pretty secret. It's got a little lock and everything. Usually it has things in it like a portrait of herself with her name under it and on the top of the page the musing, "I love me." Or one whole page covered corner to corner by the lone exclamation, "My brother is CRAZY!" I take a lot of peeks. She leaves the key around. Something about unlocking that little pink diary to read it feels oh-so-right and so wrong simultaneously. I blame the NSA. On this … [Read more...]
Today in my house, we learned a lesson. If you don't want to clean that shit up, don't do that shit. We have a set of plastic bins from Target to help with cleaning up and organizing. Don't mean to brag. We have a set of colorful plastic bins from Target in which a lot of the kids' smaller toys are stored. Blocks, dolls, fake food and plates, old pay-as-you-go cell phones, poker chips, empty cigarette boxes, bottle caps, three-penny nails, mercury. You know. I heard the sound of thousands of tiny plastic pieces hitting a hardwood floor. "Are you dumping out the bins?" I asked … [Read more...]
One rainy, winter day in the recent past About 12:30 p.m. at Papa Gino's in Kingston, Mass.. Dear Frustrated Mom, I feel for you. I genuinely mean that. We have all been there. It's one of those days where nothing seems to be working out and the odds are stacked against you. Two young kids, a busy schedule ... all the stress you could ever ask for ... and you simply can't catch a break. Oh yes. Been there, done that! I bet every person here knows what it feels like when you get a raw deal of a day like that. It is just awful. Plain and simple. I've only caught one small glimpse … [Read more...]