My latest paying gig comes with some choice benefits, the best being I get to work remotely four days out of every five. Once a week, I pop in to the office to touch base, sit in on meetings, and sip some damn fine cardamom-flavored coffee. The rest of the time, I'm allowed free reign. Being able to work from home has enabled me to help my wife with the daily dropping off and picking up at school of our four kids, ages 8 through 3. While I’m happy to be more available to lend a hand around the homestead, raising young children is trench warfare. Calling it a full-time job is like … [Read more...]
It’s about time to declare my parenting style because, apparently, that’s everyone’s business. I learned this through the “Parenting and Faith” Sunday school class at our church. Not that I'm that active in that class as I should be. Truthfully, I’m not active at all. I mean I don’t ever go. My wife goes now and again, but, right or wrong, I haven’t filed the class into the “must do” part of my brain. Besides, Micah 6:8 says, “What does the Lord require of you? To do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” It doesn’t say anything about getting kids ready an hour before … [Read more...]
In this first Modern Dads Podcast of the new season, we talk about the joys of play -- for you and your kids -- and when parents need to step back to let children have fun on their own. On hand is Meredith Sinclair, an author and creative play advocate, to give us her wisdom and discusses her new book, Well Played: The Ultimate Guide to Awakening Your Family’s Playful Spirit.
Well Played has received generally positive reviews.
"The bulk of the book is spent reminding grown-ups that we don’t have to be so serious. We can … [Read more...]
Grandparents Day, always the first Sunday following Labor Day, was especially poignant for our family this year. My mother is in the late stages of Alzheimer’s, and our visits to the nursing home are increasingly difficult as she struggles to remember her children and grandchildren. Her anguish recently came to mind while my daughters and I were, of all things, ziplining through a forest. On many landings a simple warning sign reads: “Always stay attached.” The sign features a figure falling through the air, his harness belt waving aimlessly like a severed umbilical … [Read more...]
"Helicopter parent" is the modern putdown for the overprotective mom and dad none of wanted as a kid but so many of us have become as adults. Is it too late for us to change over hovering ways? It's not, according to author and former Stanford University dean Julie Lythcott-Haims, who joins us on the latest Modern Dads Podcast to talk about her new book, How to Raise an Adult, the new book by Julie Lythcott-Haims Lythcott-Haims' book, which City Dads Group gave a glowing review to back in June, recounts stories of young adults who have been left devoid of the basic life skills that are … [Read more...]