So-So Dad Posts

September 7, 2017 / / Funny

Summer break is over, so I guess it’s time for me to get back to work along with all the other children. I didn’t really plan on a summer writing break; if so, I would’ve announced one instead of leaving all four of my loyal readers in limbo (I’m back, Mom!…

June 22, 2017 / / Funny

I missed the chance to write a Father’s Day post on Father’s Day, mostly because I was busy fathering my own three kids and also hanging out with my own father. Fatherhood is indeed terrific, but unless you’re Catholic or Evander Holyfield, there does come a limit to the number…

June 19, 2017 / / Funny

I’m a million miles from being an overprotective parent; I’m far closer to those who call themselves “free-range” parents and happily let their kids roam around once they’ve learned how to look both ways before crossing the street and to check in regularly on their phones. But I do say “no”…

June 8, 2017 / / Dear Lorenzo

Dear Lorenzo, I remember when I was learning to ride my bike without training wheels, and it did not go well. I didn’t have your freakish natural athleticism, none of that strength and balance that you have, let alone the fearlessness. So when my dad was pushing the 5-year-old version…

I gotta say, these summer days have been a lot quieter than I expected so far. Mia’s still in Boston, battling hours-delayed flights each way trying to get back. Ezra and Lorenzo both have neighborhood friends less than a block away from our house and have been gallivanting around with…

June 2, 2017 / / Dear Mia

Dear Mia, You are flying over Detroit on a plane to Boston right now, and I am not worried about you. This is not bravado or bragging; I just know you well enough to know that there’s nothing to worry about. Even though it’s your first time traveling far away…

June 1, 2017 / / A Night In The Life

The final days of May seem like bonus time to kids: you’re already fancy-free on summer vacation, but it’s not even June yet. Fresh from school dismissal, every night still seems like Saturday night. So when 8:30 p.m. rolls around, it’s no longer time to start whipping the troops into…

A key part of our nightly routine around here is to take walks together at night — me, the kids and Fernando, all of us. Fernando’s a big boy who loves his walks, so his need for exercise is reason enough to hit the pavement after the sun goes down.…

May 30, 2017 / / A Night In The Life

My house has always been something of a hotbed for sleepovers. It’s an old, large house, with plenty of places to hide. Technically that means places for the kids to hide, but in practice, it also provides a lot of cover for me to hide out from the children. Seriously, this…

May 24, 2017 / / Funny

There are three days left in the school year as I type this, and thank goodness for that. While it does mean sibling-riot-chaos is no longer restricted to the evening hours, it also means the days of sandblasting three kids out of bed at 6:30 a.m. are over, and that’s…