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Parents Please Ask

By |October 8th, 2015|

It’s summer and kids are everywhere! Many of them have too much time on their hands. I am astounded by the number of teens I’ve talked to that tell me their parents have no idea who their friends are, where they go, or what they do. I know there are parents who are afraid to […]

Good, Selfish Parenting

By |September 28th, 2015|

Years ago a guy sat in my office and called me selfish because I have four kids.

He was ashamed of me, he said, because I was so egocentric that I had gone and tried to create myself all over again, four times. Little versions of me, he insinuated, each kid another attempt to add some […]

Locked In

By |July 27th, 2015|

The hairstyle is reminiscent of the days before the Internet. A reflection of the Madonna material girl era from the 80’s combined with a lack of imagination from the 50’s. It’s not current or trendy, and the woman who wears it seems locked into believing it’s the only style for her. While everyone around her […]

Embrace Parenting

By |July 6th, 2015|

I recently watched a TV segment called, “You Can Love Your Children

but Hate Parenting.” It was based on an article that appeared in New York magazine about this concept of loving your children but not parenting.

I think there is some truth in that statement, even though hate is kind of a strong word. Most parents […]

Trivial Pursuit

By |June 1st, 2015|

A board game emerged a few years after I graduated high school that was instantly a success. It was created by a couple of journalists. They were in the middle of playing a game of Scrabble when they decided to invent their own game. It only took them a few hours to come up with […]

Mama Mia!

By |May 5th, 2015|

I watched a woman drive her van into the parking lot of the local grocery store. I was there waiting in the car for my wife to come out and this lady pulled into the spot in front of me. She opened the driver’s side door slowly as though her arms were weighted with lead. […]

Don’t Fall Asleep at the Wheel

By |May 4th, 2015|

When I was a teenager, the public school system actually provided free driver’s education. The instructors were usually teachers looking to supplement their summer income. Classes were only offered in summer and your age must be 15. Those with a birth date after classes started had to wait until the following summer. There were no […]

Hand-Me Down Hats and Heritage

By |April 15th, 2015|

Old felt hats, two of them. One is perched high on a shelf at home and I have the other on proud display in my office.

They’re dress hats, dark and classy—the kind that might make kids today think of old mobster movies. But when I look at those hats, each with a black and white […]

My Side Of The Radio

By |April 15th, 2015|

When my kids were younger, I remember they didn’t like my kind of music, and they didn’t mind telling me so. When I was driving with them somewhere and I’d turn on the radio, they’d cringe and groan at the twangy country tunes that stream through the speakers.

“I can’t believe anyone could like this stuff,” […]

Teach Children Wisely and Within the Law

By |March 25th, 2015|

Studies show that more than 40% of underage children are getting their alcohol at home. Apparently, parents are allowing their children to drink at home in hopes of teaching them to drink responsibly. Even though the legal drinking age is 21, parents believe that as long as they are supplying the alcohol and the kids […]