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David Lesser
Dave Lesser is a former attorney who much prefers his job as a stay-at-home dad to two hilarious and adorable children. His amazing wife fully supports his love of obstacle course races and dream of running a marathon. Oh, it's happening. And soon. He blogs at and is a regular contributor to Time Ideas and the Good Men Project. Follow him on Twitter @AmateurIdiot and on Facebook.

Entries by David Lesser

Go the F*ck Away: A Bedtime Story for Donald Trump (VIDEO)

(1) Comments | Posted March 10, 2016 | 10:21 AM


Donald Trump acts like a petulant child who will do or say anything to get his hands on a shiny new toy that is way too mature for him. (Even if he had it, he wouldn't know how to use it....

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Dad Is Hiding in the Kitchen Again

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2016 | 3:20 PM


As soon as my wife gets home from work, the kids are on her like beards on hipsters. It's perfect. She missed them, they missed her, and I'm hiding in the kitchen because they are driving me insane.

I'm not...

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How to Talk to Your Kids About Donald Trump

(2) Comments | Posted January 13, 2016 | 2:38 PM

There are certain conversations that, no matter how difficult and awkward, every parent must have with their kids. Life would be so much simpler if only my 7-year-old daughter were asking me about sex or drugs. I could just quote South Park to her, in the comforting knowledge that she's...

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An Open Letter to Children: Smile for the Damn Camera!

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 2:31 PM

Hey kids!

Say "cheese!!!"

Come on! You were having fun a second ago. Geez, you're so literal...a few minutes ago. Remember way back then? Ah, the laughter. You don't have to be having a great time right now, you just have to look like you're having a great time. Because...

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Ignore the Advice in This Parenting Article

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 11:40 PM

The internet has a secret. It's one of those secrets everyone knows, but conveniently forgets. No, not that the whole thing is filled to the brim with pornography. That, we all remember. I'm talking about a different dirty little secret. Brace yourself. Anyone on the internet can say anything about...

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It's Not Just a Phase. Kids are Assholes.

(77) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 4:38 PM


If I had a dollar for every time I said, was told or thought "don't worry, it's just a phase" about my children (or when reassuring friends about theirs), my wife could quit working and we could both stay home full-time. We'd be...

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The Real Reason I Didn't Wish My Wife a Happy Anniversary on Facebook

(1) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 8:52 PM


The real reason I didn't wish my wife a happy anniversary on Facebook is simple, BECAUSE I F*CKING SAID IT IN PERSON!!!

My wife and I are not in a long-distance relationship. I see her every day when I wake up, when I...

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My Daughter Throws Like a Girl and My Son Is Such a Boy

(4) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 11:26 AM

It's easy to pretend that the phrases "girly girl" or "boys will be boys" don't exist or don't mean anything, but they do. Whatever the speaker's intent, these phrases, which I've used myself, are limiting.

I love the Like a Girl Campaign and was incredibly excited to see...

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You Don't Have to Have Sex With Your Husband Every Night

(5) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 3:13 PM

Have sex every night. That's Meg Conley's advice to married women in an article from three months ago that exploded all over my timeline three days ago. Talk about stamina! It sounds like a dream come true for men. 5 Reasons You Should Have Sex With Your Husband...

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Being the Primary Caregiver Does Not Mean Being the Favorite Parent

(2) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 12:00 PM

I told my 6-year-old daughter that she made me feel like crap. Not all the time, but definitely at that particular moment. She didn't really do anything wrong; she just wanted her mommy. I get it. I stay home with the kids while my wife works, so when she gets...

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The Parental Blame Game

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 5:34 PM

Kids: They're Just Like Us!

I'm not quite sure what wins out in the battle of nature vs. nurture but, one way or the other, kids are a product of their parents. They look like us, talk like us and they share many of our little quirks. My wife Allie...

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What an Atheist Told His Daughter When She Asked About God

(34) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 6:45 PM

The Big Questions come at the most unexpected times. The other day, driving home from preschool, Penny asked me if God could hear us. This question was followed by, "does he know where we live?" and "does he see everything we do?" My responses to these thought-provoking metaphysical queries varied...

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Why I Don't Really Give a F*ck If My Kids Curse

(14) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 8:49 AM

We all do it. What parent hasn't accidentally cursed in front of his kids? If you are denying it right now, I'm calling bullsh*t. You know you f*cking have!

I love cursing. The word "f*ck" is one of my favorites. (Caution: if you're offended by the word "f*ck," you may...

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Some Reasons You Are a Bad Parent

(4) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 4:10 PM

Every other parent is doing it so much better than you are. They're active, involved, always present, and never lose their tempers. Their kids only eat organic food. Television? I'm pretty sure that most parents don't even own a TV. You mean you let your kids watch that garbage? Don't...

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