Between the mid-century architecture and space-age technology of Pixar’s Incredibles 2, the long-awaited sequel to the 2004 blockbuster The Incredibles, we find the timeless tale of a family struggling in its quest to find work-life balance. Yes, when it comes to household budgets and raising babies, even superheroes get the blues. The tale is indeed timeless for several reasons, most notably, there is not a gap in the Incredibles/Parr family’s storyline as it picks up exactly where we left them in the previous film. Additionally, subtle shades of Stepford in Metroville, where conforming … [Read more...]
Last night was Halloween, and there were ghouls and fools aplenty. All of our favorite shows were represented in various levels of costumed detail. Movies, too. Star Wars and superheroes, the staples of my own childhood, still remain firmly affixed upon those of my children. There were red balloons and orange buffoons, clowns from every angle. The ratio of candy given to the amount received was squarely in their favor. They laughed. They had fun. They ate more sugar in one night than in the past six months combined. It was an evening of playful mischief and warmly lit wonder. Man, I’m … [Read more...]
Nearly five dozen NYC Dads Group members and their families went to "the ball" Sunday at AMC 25 Empire theaters off Times Square to watch a preview of Disney's new live action Cinderella movie on a gigantic IMAX screen. An abundance of smiles could be seen on both young and old faces in the crowd of approximately 250 attendees, the largest “meetup” in the NYC Dads Group’s six-year history. There was something quite beautiful about being in a room full of families, which also included families from the Baby Buggy Fatherhood Initiative that encourages men to be active and responsible dads. … [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...]