Why Parents Shouldn’t Fall for Happiness Trap

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Why Parents Shouldn’t Fall for Happiness Trap

Nothing makes all the sacrifices of parenting worthwhile than the look of joy on little John or Jane’s face at the end of the day. Stained walls, broken dishes and muddy footprints are no match for that ebullient smile, the … Continue reading →Read More

Top 4 Lessons I Learned from My Solo Parenting Weekend

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Top 4 Lessons I Learned from My Solo Parenting Weekend

Nothing helps a married father appreciate his spouse more than a weekend without her. My wife recently returned to her Minnesota hometown to attend an old friend’s wedding. She needed the break. She wakes at 5 a.m. each morning, bikes … Continue reading →Read More

4 Cheap Meals Every Parent Should be Able to Knock Out Quickly

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4 Cheap Meals Every Parent Should be Able to Knock Out Quickly

Parents spend hours watching their favorite Food Network chefs preparing lip-smacking meals. For date night, they might take their spouses to see films like “Chef” or “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” tales where food is the main storytelling course. It’s no mistake … Continue reading →Read More

4 Solid Life Lessons ‘Star Wars’ Can Teach Your Kids

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4 Solid Life Lessons ‘Star Wars’ Can Teach Your Kids

My oldest son adores his R2-D2 lunchbox, eats off of “Star Wars” plates and giggles when his plush Chewbacca toy growls when his tummy is squeezed. Yet up until recently my five-year-old hadn’t seen the actual movie, the tale that … Continue reading →Read More

In Case You Missed It: Why You Should Delete Your Facebook

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In Case You Missed It: Why You Should Delete Your Facebook

In case you missed it, there’s been a lot of controversy around the Facebook “mind control” experiment released at the beginning of June.  The study, conducted in January 2012, sought to prove that emotional states, like happiness and sadness, are … Continue reading →Read More

7 Low-Maintenance Pets for Lazy Parents

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7 Low-Maintenance Pets for Lazy Parents

OK, OK — maybe not “lazy” in the true sense of the word, but one self-sufficient living being in the house would be a nice change, right? Before I had a toddler, the last pet I owned was back in … Continue reading →Read More

Are Modern Dads Piling Their Plates Too High?

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Are Modern Dads Piling Their Plates Too High?

A feminist commercial from my youth comes to mind whenever I prepare dinner for my family. “I can bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan …” went the 1980 spot for Enjoli perfume, paying homage to that … Continue reading →Read More

How Parents Can Still Get Along with Childless Friends

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How Parents Can Still Get Along with Childless Friends

One of my childless friends complains about how busy she is these days, a confession which makes me want to tally the nanoseconds I have to myself each day for her. If only I had the time to do it. … Continue reading →Read More

4 Crucial Teamwork Skills for a Successful Marriage

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4 Crucial Teamwork Skills for a Successful Marriage

Teamwork isn’t reserved for inspirational sports movies like the new, fact-based drama “When the Game Stands Tall.” It matters even more in marriages, at least the ones that hope to see a silver anniversary—or even an aluminum one. Lousy teamwork … Continue reading →Read More

Why Manners Matter: Giving Your Kids the Tools for a Great Life

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Why Manners Matter: Giving Your Kids the Tools for a Great Life

Parents have enough to worry about without making sure their children say every “thank you,” and “yes, please” they should. Think again. Manners may seem antiquated in our OMG, ROFL age, a time when social media short circuits much of … Continue reading →Read More

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