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: 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 … [Read more...]
The free-range parenting debate ignited by children wandering around neighborhoods and on subways by themselves brought an interesting conversation to Facebook the other day. The big question is: Why? Why are we so paranoid about our children exploring by themselves or looking after their younger siblings. That's not how it was in the old days. The rule used to be "come home when the streetlights come on." My response was it has something to do with the loss of our neighborhood networks, social isolation, and lack of community policing. Yet another way to go was that we live in a more … [Read more...]