Category: Useful

May 17, 2017 / / Useful

Of all the money I’ve spent on the children since they were born, the purchase that’s given me the most bang for the buck is probably my trampoline. (It’s neck and neck, actually, with the $600 I spent four years ago on a ’99 Plymouth Voyager as my backup van,…

May 10, 2017 / / Useful

I remember perfectly the first time a classmate called me a “fatass.” I was in the second grade, and it made me feel like 105 pounds of chubby garbage. As an only child accustomed to doting parents and spared the skin-thickening slings and arrows of daily sibling battles, I was…

April 17, 2017 / / Useful

The first time I heard the song that would become the indispensable soundtrack to my years as a father of young children, I was in Georgia attending a friend’s funeral in 2006. My body was exhausted but the pack of cigarettes I’d smoked throughout the day had my brain wired…

April 13, 2017 / / Sanity Preservation

I am not great at meditation. Let’s just put that out there right now. Here you will find no proud boasts about how I can drop down onto the floor and effortlessly wipe away the hail of thought bullets that are always whizzing around upstairs, enter a realm of mental white…

April 6, 2017 / / Parenting Tips

“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” It’s dogma, right? And it’s dogma because it’s true. While much homespun child-rearing wisdom has changed over the generations, the benefits of a good breakfast are universally recognized by everyone, everywhere. It’s the one parenting item you and your great-great-great grandfather could…

April 4, 2017 / / Parenting Tips

For better or worse — but mostly better — we’re an entrepreneurial family. When Mia was born in 2004, I was already three years removed from the last working-for-someone-else job I’d ever had. When I started StraightForward Interactive as a painfully naive 27-year-old in 2001, I quickly learned that the…

March 28, 2017 / / Spectacular Failures

I’ve been a third-shift guy a few times in my life. The first two times were in graduate school at the University of Missouri, once during my internship at the Palm Beach Post where I monitored hurricane movements overnight, and again during my final semester working on my thesis, where…

March 23, 2017 / / Funny

My kids are all children of divorce. They didn’t ask for it, but that’s the way it goes — more than half of the time, it seems, judging by the oft-repeated numbers about more marriages ending in divorce than end in death doing you part. That means they have more…

March 15, 2017 / / Money

Every now and again I’ll be devoting some posts here to products and services that I couldn’t live without, and the first, and biggest, and most indispensable in our lives by far, is Amazon Subscribe and Save. For years now, it has spared me an incredible amount of time, money,…

March 10, 2017 / / Funny