The Best Gift

September 5, 2013

I love giving gifts!!! Nothing beats the satisfaction of seeing the look on someone’s face as they open a present, knowing you got them something they absolutely wanted. Even better still are the occasions when you got them something they never expected!! The beauty of gift giving is that it allows me to let someone […]

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The Prankster

December 16, 2011

My son is a tactically calculating prankster. And he’s only 6. Just turned, in fact. I don’t know where he gets it, and I say that in complete dishonesty because I know exactly where he gets it. He is, in very deed, my little clone. A few months ago I had the pleasure of going […]

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I’m Right Here!

September 12, 2011

“I’m right here!!” That’s what I wanted to say to my son as I saw him anxiously scanning the crowd to see if anyone was there to support him. It was earlier today, and I had gone to my kids’ school for a 9/11 Memorial program. My daughter saw me instantly as her class walked […]

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My Little Scholar

August 18, 2011

Today was my son’s first day of Kindergarten, and I am not sure I was prepared for the emotionally stressful nature of the event. He seemed pretty calm, but I could tell that the uncertainty of his future was weighing on him. There he stood, wearing a backpack that was almost as big as he […]

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Kids Say The Darndest Things!

January 12, 2010

File this one under “Be careful what you do around your kids.” My son is 4 years old. And after a long period of trial an error, he is finally fully potty trained. The payoff in all this is two-fold: First, no more expenses for diapers. Those suckers are expensive!! And the second, he is […]

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October 13, 2009

Have you ever noticed how often the concept of “parenting” is reduced to a two-step process of Identification and Coercion? Step 1: Identification of the child’s desired goal or object (i.e. a trip to Disneyland, A new toy, etc). Step 2: Constantly threatening to deprive the child of the Item in Step 1 if the […]

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King Kong and The Birth of a Child

September 21, 2009

So last night we were watching King Kong on TV. Our 3 ½ year old son was fascinated by how easily the giant “Magrilla” (as he called it) could fight off the T-Rex. (And yes, I realize that “Magrilla” sounds a lot like “McGrilla,” and once again McDonald’s comes into play). Anyway, King Kong is […]

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Wii Monster

August 31, 2009

My son is 3. And much to the chagrin of many, he is A LOT like me! If dad is exercising and lifting weights, then he is exercising, too. If dad gets mad while driving and questions the parentage of other drivers on the road, then by golly, he’s gonna call ‘em a bastard, too. […]

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Anatomical Pet Names (Part Deux)

August 25, 2009

So what about my son? Well, I don’t recall who was responsible for the anatomical pet name we used for him, but what the heck, I’ll blame my wife. I do this because the name picked was “Penny.” I realize that it was close to the name of the actual anatomical part, but c’mon, a […]

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Anatomical Pet Names

August 21, 2009

One of the benefits of fatherhood is the ability to watch cartoons with your children and not feel guilty. I have taken advantage of this for nearly 7 years now, and I admit it freely. (Note to single men: I do not recommend borrowing the neighbor kids for cartoon viewing. Chances are, you’re gonna end […]

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