I'm turning 40 this year, and if I could have capped it off with any one thing it would be the Cubs winning the World Series. Clearly that was not in the cards but I can't be disappointed in a season that took us to the National League Championship Series. Rooting for this team has consumed about 30 years of my life. I remember getting hooked watching them on TV with my grandpa. One of my greatest Cubs memories was when my grandpa took me to my first game at Wrigley Field. A very close second was in 2003 when I got to return the favor and take him on what would be his last trip to the … [Read more...]
International Babywearing Week was October 4th- 10th, 2015. To celebrate the importance of bonding through increased human contact and touch, BabyBjorn sponsored 15 of our City Dads Groups so that we could all venture around our beautiful cities with our babies on board. Some of our groups across the nation went on hikes, visited iconic locations, and enjoyed children's museums. In Chicago, we decided to take the opportunity given to us by BabyBjorn to explore Lincoln Park Zoo. I, for one, have not been there in over a decade. I was amazed by the renovations and with how kid-friendly the … [Read more...]
I've wanted to write about this topic for some time now. It's something I see myself forgetting on a regular basis and secretly feel guilty about. Being present with my kid. The best fatherly advice I was given before we had Razz Jr. was so simple and straightforward, that it's the only piece of advice that stood out among the tired cliché's that most people were telling me. The advice? "Just be there." As simple as it sounds, it goes really deep. Just think back to your favorite memories of your parents. Do you remember the toy you opened on your 7th Christmas? Or the present you … [Read more...]
Jessica Lahey thinks parents these days are too afraid to let their kids fail at even smallest of tasks. And that may lead to failure as adults.
Lahey's latest book The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed is a national best-seller with its premise that we help our kids develop more resourcefulness, skills and confidence by not constantly running to their rescue and protecting them from adversity and consequences.
Lahey discusses her book on the latest episode of The Modern … [Read more...]
Moving to a new city, that's 12 hours away from your closest friends and family can be a challenging experience for any adult. It seems like the older you get, the harder it is to meet new people and maintain genuine friendships. Thinking back to college, it was a lot easier to make new friends because everyone was involved in clubs and organizations that provided a common interest for everyone. My favorite clubs included the "streak through random places on campus committee" and the "save the [insert rare Amazon flower here] non-profit organization". How could you not form a lifelong bond … [Read more...]
New experiences can lead to nervousness or anxiety in our kids. New experiences can cause these same emotional reactions in adults and this, historically, is the case for me. It’s definitely what I’m feeling right now. You see, I’m new to blogging. I’m not new too writing per se. I went to college and wrote terms papers, stories, and the like for a variety of classes. I went to graduate school and wrote thesis papers, research papers, personal evaluations of my academic performance and more, but that was seven years ago. I’ve even written lengthy “opinion” pieces on social media and 140 … [Read more...]
Hey there dad, so you just signed up to the dad group and you’re wondering what happens next. Well, if you are a little confused hopefully this post will help you out a little. Get to know your fellow members. A lot of the dads in the group come from different neighborhoods so try to find and get to know the ones in your neighborhood. This can come in handy whenever you find some spare time and just want to hang out with a fellow dad from the group. It could also come in handy when you want to car pool to a Dad’s Night Out event. Do not worry about missing a meet up. There are … [Read more...]