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JD Roberto has been a contributing writer to the Los Angeles Times, Parents Magazine, The Good Men Project and The Imperfect Parent . His travel writing has been featured on the award-winning World Hum. JD is the Emmy Nominated host of The Better Show, a nationally syndicated talk show bringing an hour of culture, parenting, entertainment and lifestyle to 80 million homes, 5 days a week. He is also known to Reality TV aficionados as host of ABC’s How To Get The Guy and the hit relationship show Outback Jack (TBS). Game show fans also know him from the long running game show Shop ‘Til You Drop and as a Guest Star Announcer on The Price is Right with Drew Carey. You can read more from JD at his fatherhood blog: http://www.thehandsondad.com.

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Glückliche Kinder sind völlig überbewertet

(1) Comments | Posted April 19, 2014 | 5:03 PM

Pebbles fünfter Geburstag kam und ging und ich finde, wir haben ihn gerockt (wenn ich das selber so sagen kann). Es gab Prinzessinenkleider, raffinierte Desserts und Geschenke aus tausenden Schichten von Geschenkpapier, das die Kleinen anschließend im Eifer des Gefechts zu Konfetti zerrissen. Als Pebbles in dieser Nacht ins Bett...

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Glückliche Kinder sind völlig überbewertet

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2014 | 10:37 AM

Pebbles fünfter Geburstag kam und ging und ich finde, wir haben ihn gerockt (wenn ich das selber so sagen kann). Es gab Prinzessinenkleider, raffinierte Desserts und Geschenke aus tausenden Schichten von Geschenkpapier, das die Kleinen anschließend im Eifer des Gefechts zu Konfetti zerrissen. Als Pebbles in dieser Nacht ins Bett...

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Happy Kids Are Overrated

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 4:01 PM

Pebbles's 5th birthday has just come and gone and I'm pretty sure we rocked it (if I do say so myself). Twirly party dresses were worn, vast quantities of refined sugars were ingested and gift bags stuffed with tissue paper and presents were torn asunder. By the time Pebbles stumbled...

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Raising a Happy Failure

(2) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 12:32 PM

"Daddy, do you like my picture I made for you?"

"Oh yes, Pebbles, I do. It's beautiful"

If you're a parent, you know this exchange by heart. And, assuming you're not raising the next Renoir, you also know that you're stretching the truth mightily when it comes to the role...

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Because I Said So

(13) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 3:41 PM

My parents didn't do too much in the way of bribery with us as kids. It was "eat your broccoli or you're going to sit at that table until you fall asleep in your food" (which I did once or twice). A good, sharp spanking was far more than an...

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Some Dos and Don'ts for People Without Kids When Dealing With Their Breeder Friends

(293) Comments | Posted December 27, 2012 | 11:42 AM

Most of my childless friends have adapted amazingly well to the changes that my being a parent has brought to our relationship. I imagine that it must be hard to watch a friend get swallowed whole by a completely foreign set of experiences. Since I'm the one getting swallowed, I...

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I Hope My Son Inherits My Luck

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 5:08 PM

In the backseat, Z and his best buddy Kirby (my godson) are comparing the nutritional information of their respective snacks. I'm guessing the school year finished out with some kind of healthy eating program because all I've heard since June is "Is there a lot of fat in that?" and...

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Selling Magazines, Not Ideas

(2) Comments | Posted May 14, 2012 | 12:28 PM

Nothing gets parents as incensed as having their idea of what makes a "good parent" challenged in public. For some folks, that's exactly what the whole "attachment parenting" movement is doing, and the latest edition of TIME magazine is trying its best to turn what could be an interesting, progressive...

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How Much Truth Can a 5-Year-Old Handle?

(27) Comments | Posted March 23, 2012 | 11:30 AM

At some point I know my kids are going to have to face the many ugly truths about life on this planet and, by and large, I think that's a good thing. Part of molding a young child into a decent, responsible, adult is making sure they are aware of...

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It Takes a Village, Idiot: When (and When Not To) Reprimand Someone Else's Child

(310) Comments | Posted November 7, 2011 | 6:01 AM

Dear Melissa,

Hey there, it's me, JD -- the guy at the park this morning who took the shovel away from your son Jackson/Caleb/Josh/Whatever. I wanted to touch base about the whole situation because I feel like we left things on bad terms and, even though you're a complete stranger,...

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My Codependant Relationship

(2) Comments | Posted September 6, 2011 | 11:18 AM

I am in a codependent relationship that is headed for heartbreak. My heartbreak, that is. See, this is one of the many things no one ever quite captures when they try to explain how a parent feels about a child. They say things like "You'll love them more than you...

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A Boy's Best Friend, His Penis

(57) Comments | Posted August 19, 2011 | 12:30 PM

Perhaps the most hands-on, intimate and enduring relationship in a man's life is the one he has with his penis. Yes, ladies, you might be tired of hearing about our junk but we're tired of hearing about Oprah so we're even. My manhood and I have been through a lot...

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Death, Kindergarten and What The Topics Have in Common

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2011 | 12:36 PM

Like most curious little boys, Z is a master of the startling nonsequitor. Brush-your-teeth time can go from a discussion of the virtues of watermelon flavored toothpaste to a passionate declaration that broccoli stems are superior to broccoli heads without notice or segue. I suspect this is a combination of...

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The Best Parenting Advice I Never Got

(40) Comments | Posted August 2, 2011 | 11:43 AM

I got a lot of parenting advice before my first child came into the world. I think people feel obligated to bestow their wisdom on expecting parents and, overall, I guess that's a good thing. Still, the advice I got - though well meaning and thoughtful - was almost entirely...

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Gender Bent

(1) Comments | Posted July 27, 2011 | 3:04 PM

A couple of months ago, a Canadian couple made headlines by refusing to reveal the gender of their newborn child. It was, they declared, their goal to raise a gender neutral baby. To do so, they decided to hide his/her/its gender from the world and only reveal the nondescript name:...

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It's (Not) Complicated

(28) Comments | Posted July 18, 2011 | 2:37 PM

My normally serene morning routine of coffee, email, and Facebook was interrupted when my friend Marcus suddenly downgraded from "In a Relationship" to "It's Complicated" and a stream of sympathetic well-wishes and sad-moticons began to pepper the screen. Marcus is a good guy and, like everyone else, I felt bad...

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What's the Appropriate Response to Finding Out You're Pregnant

(204) Comments | Posted July 8, 2011 | 3:00 PM

I remember being in my 20s when my mother told me that, while she wasn't comfortable calling me an "accident," she does have first hand proof that contraceptive foam isn't 100% effective. By the time I came along, Mom already had grave doubts about the viability of her marriage. I...

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Temper Tantrum Terrorists

(93) Comments | Posted January 3, 2011 | 9:03 AM

Little Isabella doesn't want to leave the park. Best I can tell, her Mom has reached the fourth two-minute warning for departure and every time The Little Princess hears the phrase "Come on honey, time to put on your shoes." she goes apoplectic and runs the other direction. Mom has...

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