It’s hard to believe my daughter lives in a world in which the Twin Towers no longer stand, that when she’s studying about the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, in school textbooks, she’ll probably feel as far removed from it as I do from JFK’s assassination, Pearl Harbor, the Holocaust, and so many other significant historical events. So how will I teach my daughter about 9/11? About how the world changed and didn’t change when those planes hit the towers, another hit the Pentagon, and a fourth was brought down by courageous passengers over Pennsylvania during the worst foreign terrorist attack … [Read more...]
On the latest Modern Dads Podcast we tackle a conversation that is especially difficult at this time of year between Mother's and Father's days and hard for us as adults to approach with our children: the loss of a loved one -- especially, the loss of a parent or grandparent. The idea sprung from podcast producer Josh Kross who was dealing with the loss of his father and struggling with the best way to talk about it with his three young children. He asked four of our City Dads for their advice, and recorded the response for this show. So in addition to Josh (an NYC Dads Group member), you … [Read more...]
My youngest brother had a nice a little speech written and prepared for Nana's service. I had jotted down a few words, ideas I wanted to remember, for her eulogy. Mostly I wanted to talk about what a proud grandmother she was.
"Two years before I started my blog, Nana thought I should share my experiences as a stay-at-home dad because of my “unique perspective.” She also insisted that I look “just like Ben Affleck.” I took both compliments in the same vein and laughed off the thought that anyone might be interested in reading my parental musings as the … [Read more...]