Apr 17 2014

American Giants

Hey Dad, You’ve seen them standing along the highway, but you probably didn’t know they were called Muffler Men. Here’s a guy who is obsessed with them and who has me thinking that this would be a great Dad-Bucket list kind of thing. I’m thinking…you stop the car, get everyone out, and take a photo. …

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Apr 08 2014

Two weeks till lift off

Hey Dad, How can it be that we are talking about firing up the Familyman Mobile already?!!! I just tucked it away fro the winter. But here we are…ready to begin another Family adventure. This is what I know for sure: It won’t be easy and it will be worth every minute of hardness. That’s …

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Mar 17 2014

Dads is Dads

cabbie

Hey Dad, Just got back form speaking in Long Island. Here’s my take away after talking to a lot of New York City speaking dads: Dads is Dads. I don’t care if their speech sounds Cajun (New Orleans), Norwegian (Minnesota), hillbilly (TN, NC), genteel (GA), cowboy (TX, OK, AZ), Asian, Mexican, crocodile Dundeeish, or taxicab driverish …

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Mar 04 2014

A BIG Birthday – making it special

waterpark

Hey Dad, Thursday is Abe’s big thirteenth birthday. He’s a little concerned because he thinks we’re traveling to a speaking engagement in MI. Little does he know that we’re going to a big waterpark in Sandusky, OH. We’ve always make birthdays a big deal…but the thirteenth birthday is extra special because it marks the passage …

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Mar 03 2014

It is Finished

Hey Dad, As planned, we put our dog down on Friday. It was a lot harder than I thought. The tears came to my eyes often during the day and a tennis ball was lodged in my throat most of the time. Again, It wasn’t really about the dog for me…it was about my TWO …

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Feb 24 2014

If I Read Another Post I’m Going to Slit My Power Cable

Hey Dad, I just wasted a few minutes of my life reading an article that broke the news to me that I live in the 38th happiest state in the country, and that North Dakota is number one having moved up 30 spots in a last year according to a recent Gallop pole. The article …

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Feb 20 2014

Question: How to Balance Family and Self-Employment?

I’d like to hear ideas from the FAMILYMEN out there, especially if you are self employed and especially if you work from home on what you do to balance work and family again “especially” if you are highly integrated with day to day (daily) family life.  I help as much as I can, and, perhaps too much …

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Feb 19 2014

Dad Tips – Putting Down a Pet

Hey Dad, I’m about to do something I’ve never done before…put out family dog of 15 years to sleep. To be honest I’m sad, nervous, and avoiding the day. Thankfully, I’m not the only dad who has had to do it and recently got some advice on what to do. Here are two very thoughtful …

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Feb 18 2014

“Only a Dad” by Edgar Guest

Only a dad with a tired face, Coming home from the daily race, Bringing little gold or fame To show how well he has played the game; But glad in his heart that his own rejoice To see him come and hear his voice. Only a dad with a brood of four, One of ten …

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Feb 07 2014

When you’re right you’re right!

Hey Dad, Tonight is the night. The night where my family will gather in our little family room to the tune of do do da do do do do…do do da doot da do dad doot doot doot. OK that doesn’t sound like the Olympic theme song, but you know the song. In fact, I …

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