Most of our holiday greetings include the idea of happiness in one way or the other. Whether it is â€œMerry Christmas,â€ or â€œHappy Holidays,â€ or â€œHappy Hanukah,â€ the idea that smiles and joy and mirth are the only accepted emotions during the holidays presents an eerie peer pressure to those…View More When Christmas Isn’t Merry
I get downright angry when I hear coverage of the impeachment drama playing out in Congress these days. Especially when I listen to a particular portion of the hearing and then hear a news reporter tell a completely partisan, biased, alarming version that didnâ€™t happen, in my opinion. Itâ€™s not…View More Impeachment Drama
After 24 years of medication, I finally beat cholesterol this past week. Ironically, I just learned that the more dangerous threat to my health is lack of good relationships, not high cholesterol. Men arenâ€™t known for their close relationships with the doctor. Generally speaking, we donâ€™t take good care of…View More Healthy Dads
Itâ€™s Motherâ€™s Day again; time for all the accolades and loving feelings to warm our hearts because of the love our mother imbedded into our souls. We celebrate our mother because of the undying love she gave to us. When we were hungry, she gave of herself to fill our…View More Moms Live Forever
Natasha Cabrera of the University of Maryland was featured in several media outlets this week because of her recent research on playing with toddlers. Apparently, mothers play with a different emotional tone than fathers and the outcome is pretty important. Cabrera, who has been studying fatherhood for many years, looked…View More Controlling Parents Need Smiles?
Relationships are often damaged by pain but incredibly, pain can also help build relationships. A generation ago, Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves taught us in the movie Speed that traveling in a bus together going 50 miles per hour in Los Angeles traffic through impossible odds can cause a new…View More Processing the Pain
Maybe the rolling eyes and distant attitude isnâ€™t just the result of normal teenage hormones. Maybe the locked bedroom door and the quick goodbyes at the door arenâ€™t just signs of a desire for more independence. Sometimes as parentsâ€”especially as fathersâ€”we have injured our relationship with our teen and need…View More Rebuilding Relationships
As the new year begins, there is one resolution that needs to be made in every home in the world. Too bold a claim? I donâ€™t think so. I traveled over the holidays across three states and witnessed this need at almost every encounter between a parent and child. There…View More Make One Change
I realize Vietnam Veterans are the grandparents of our children these days but I saw a post during the Veteranâ€™s Day remembrance this month about Grumpy Veterans that boldly owned anger issues in a painfully accurate way. It read, â€œI am a grumpy veteran. I served, I sacrificed, I donâ€™t…View More Cure for Anger Issues
Donâ€™t ask how I stumbled upon Amy Smithâ€™s blog on moms.com about 20 Things Dads Should Not Do in the Delivery Room; letâ€™s just say I braced myself before I read it. Reading a title about things that should not be done presumes they have already been done and someone…View More Speak Up, Dad!