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Dad: Why do you do what you do?


“Why do you do what you do?” It’s a simple question, and it doesn’t seem to come out in just that way. In different ways, though, we hear it from our friends, our kids, our spouse/significant other, and (perhaps most importantly) from our own internal voice. We ask ourselves why we are here, and why we are parents. We want …

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How to Juggle Being a Dad, the Job and Sleep

Being a dad is awesome, but it’s not always easy. There’s always a constant interplay, with conflicting pulls from the demands of our kids and jobs. Sometimes, it’s also important to get a little sleep, at least to get enough to maintain our sanity. With work and coaching, and all the rest of the extracurricular activities in our lives, we …

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He’s going to school… Kindergarten


It’s a year of milestones, I know. He turned 5 in March, and now… he’s going to school. Let me take a step back, though. He’s not going to school tomorrow. It will be months yet. Today, though, he was accepted to a very good school. It didn’t happen overnight… We researched schools. We asked for recommendations. We talked about …

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It’s that time again: Baseball!

Some of my earliest memories of my childhood included watching my grandfather listen to baseball games, and hearing him talk about it. So, now, as the season is here again, I’m inextricably drawn back to some of those memories of him. I looked up to him. On days like this, I’m reminded that he really is gone — that he’s …

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Heroes Abound – Playskool

We talk about heroes a lot in our house. Heroes are at the center of most of the play and interaction — they also love to see acts of courage by all their favorite superheroes. But, I also look back at my own childhood, and I see the lessons that I’ve learned… Those lessons have helped me to get through even the darkest …

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My Son – Hulk Smash Halloween

Yep, it  had to be Hulk! It’s nearly Halloween, so we’ve been having a lot of discussions about costumes. As you can probably imagine, the kids change their minds a few times before they land on the ONE — that costume that will be the perfect one for that year. (I should also say that my son was Optimus Prime …

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All Great Things: T-Ball Party

Party T-Ball

They say that “All great things must come to an end.” But, somehow,  it never feels like that’s really the case. While we were in the midst of the T-Ball season, we’d gotten into a groove. We had practice and games every week, and every player improved. I told the parents and kids at the very beginning of the season …

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To My Son – On the Eve of His 4th Birthday

“I believe that if you don’t derive a deep sense of purpose from what you do, if you don’t come radiantly alive several times a day, if you don’t feel deeply grateful at the tremendous good fortune that has been bestowed on you, then you are wasting your life. And life is too short to waste.” – Srikumar Rao My son: …

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Minecraft – Tips for Parenting Gamers

My kids love Minecraft. As most of you, I have mixed feelings about gaming. I enjoy watching them discover, build, and learn how to play in another world. Let’s face it: it’s FUN! I also can see the objections that some parents have to gaming in general. It can be a distraction, substitute their outdoor play, detract from homework and …

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Showing Affection – Extended Version

I love my son, and I love showing him that love whenever I can–be it with a hug, cuddling, and (of course) lots of kisses. Sometimes, I feel the uncomfortable stares of strangers when my son is running to me across the park–to give me a big bear hug–or when he’s snuggled up falling asleep in my arms. At first, …

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