We haven’t had batting practice in the backyard for years. I’d have liked to have known when the last one was coming. I’d have savored them more.
First Haircut a Milestone for Bonding Between Fathers, Sons
From my first haircut on, going to the barber a time to bond with my father and I loved hearing him say how good I looked.
College Drop-Off of Firstborn Leaves Parents Wondering, Worrying
It’s common for parents’ lives to feel unsettled when their first child heads to college. But the metaphor of child-as-pioneer can help ease the grief.
Parental Growth Chart Would Celebrate Milestones in Maturity, Wisdom
A growth chart for parents might help us understand — or at least tolerate — other parents who annoy us. For example, the ones who criticize other parents harshly just need to work on decreasing their “judgemental” percentile.
Shoes of a Child Take Many Steps on Guided Journey Toward Adulthood
A father spots his tween’s shoes on the bathroom floor and wonders how this little boy he brought home from the hospital just the other day fits into them … and the world of the future.
Get Your Child’s Ears Pierced at a Tattoo Parlor? Yes, You Should
A good tattoo parlor is maintained to exacting standards with well-trained, certified professionals — not minimum-wage earners at the mall — so get your kid’s ears pierced the right way.