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Jim Higley
Jim Higley is the Bobblehead Dad –- award-winning author, speaker, and cancer warrior. A single father raising three kids, Jim’s book, Bobblehead Dad: 25 Life Lessons I Forgot I Knew, celebrates the stories waiting in the nooks and crannies of our days. The book is a winning finalist of an International Book Award and a ForeWord Book Reviews Book of the Year finalist. Jim's a contributor to several national publications including Men's Health magazine and is a national spokesperson for numerous brands including Dove Men+Care.

Entries by Jim Higley

NFL Superstar Jordy Nelson Gets Schooled

(3) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 3:49 PM

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He had me at "hello."

The above "he" was Green Bay Packer wide receiver Jordy Nelson.

But the "hello" wasn't for me. It was for the unlucky - or lucky - soul who was transferred mistakenly by the...

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On 10 Years of Surviving Cancer As a Family

(9) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 5:17 PM

Dear Kids,

I'm a 10-year cancer survivor today.

Correction. "We're" a 10-year cancer survivor. Today. This journey would have never been the same without you.

The details of that day 10 years ago are etched forever into my head, protected and cataloged unlike any other day in my life. It...

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Life Lessons From Coach K and Jay Williams

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 11:19 AM

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It's not every day you get to hear what really happens on the court -- as the final seconds tick down to a NCAA national championship.

But that's exactly what happened to...

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Dad's Message About 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

(253) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 5:46 PM

Dear Daughter,

This is a message for you. And for all of your friends who have become surrogate daughters to me over the last 23 years of your life.

I'd like to chat about Fifty Shades of Grey. And before you get totally creeped out at the concept of...

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My Mom May Be Gone, But She Left Some Amazing Things Behind

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 5:59 PM

It's been 40 years since I said, "Happy Mother's Day, Mom!"

Hers was a life cut short. Smack dab in the middle of her busy and over-flowing world raising five boys. It was sudden. A load of clothes still in the dryer. A letter in her typewriter still waiting...

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Timeout with Indiana Pacers Head Coach -- and Dad -- Frank Vogel (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 12:33 AM

Coaches are one of my favorite go-to resources for fathering advice. So when I recently saw Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel in a commercial about fatherhood featuring basketball decision makers, I reached out to him for some more dad decisions and wisdom.

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Why Moms -- and Their Last Words -- Matter

(1) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 7:36 PM

"I'm sorry I can't take care of you anymore."

Those were the last words my mom said to me.

I was 14 years old and she had suddenly taken ill. It was nighttime. An ambulance came. She went to the hospital. Intensive care. The details don't really matter anymore. It...

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Hey Parents: Your Kids Want (and Need) One More Gift

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 12:56 PM

You think you're done with holiday gift giving, don't you?


But as we head into the new year, there's one important gift us dads and moms need to remember to share with our children in 2014.

Think "Velcro." Let me explain.

I like Velcro. It's a nifty invention, don't...

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Père depuis 25 ans mais je n'ai que ces trois pauvres conseils

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 12:12 PM

Je n'ai pas lu beaucoup de livres sur la parentalité. Je sais, ça étonne venant d'un type passant le plus clair de son temps à parler et à écrire sur son expérience de père.

Bref, si vous décidez de ne pas en lire plus, je comprends. C'est lamentable. Je sais.

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Nearly 25 Years of Fathering -- and All I've Got Are These 3 Lousy Tips

(65) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 1:24 PM

I haven't read many parenting books. And I know, that's a little surprising for a guy who spends most of his time talking and writing about being a dad.

So, if you chose to read no further, I understand. It's pitiful. I know.

But what I lack in reading...

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Meet a Big League Dad

(1) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 6:36 PM

Wednesday night's MLB game between Cleveland and the White Sox might have been the 2,364th game of the regular season.

But from my vantage point, it was the game I'll remember most. And it had nothing to do with the Indian's 7-2 win over the White Sox.

It had everything...

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The Best Cab Ride of My Life

(32) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 12:07 PM

The story is short. But the picture is worth -- well -- everything.

I was in a cab heading home from O'Hare today -- a journey I make with regularity. The cab driver was polite. His car was clean. And I was settling in for my 25 minute ride home....

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Dad's 'First Day of School' Curtain Call

(3) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 1:10 PM

My inaugural "first day of school" was 19 years ago, when my then-5-year-old son walked into day one of kindergarten. That was the day his world changed forever. So did mine.

Since then, there's been an annual ritual in our house during the waning days of each and every August...

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Fatherhood Lessons From Our Troops

(4) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 9:00 AM

Lydia just had her first taste of ice cream. It was soft serve on a cone. And her young mom, my niece Anne, laughed knowing that her child's future sweet tooth would thank her some day. One of many milestones in the life of this six-month-old.

And yes, tasting...

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Helping Keep Dad in the Game

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 9:30 AM

When one of Mike Milken's eight grandchildren asks him if he was any good at baseball as a kid, they're likely to get the same answer he recently gave me.

"I was a great hitter. But I was a terrible fielder."

We all have our strengths, right?

What Milken lacks...

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Welcome to My Cancer Circus

(1) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 3:59 PM

"You're living in a f*%king cancer circus. Can't you just move on and put it in the past?"

When you're traveling through a cancer journey, you hear a lot of crazy things. But that was the craziest thing I heard. If not the cruelest.


Well, my friends, that cancer...

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Grab Your Moment, Dad

(1) Comments | Posted April 1, 2013 | 5:12 PM

Ask me what I like about being a dad. Seriously, ask me.

Because I think I finally have an answer.

I've always liked being a dad. But I've never quite felt like I could explain why I like being a dad. Hitting the nail on the head with the perfect...

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For Every Mom Who Wonders if She Matters

(8) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 5:26 PM

Today marks the 38th anniversary of the death of my mom, who died when I was a young boy. I hope this tribute to her might remind a few moms about the value they bring to their kids. Every day.

Hi Mom,

So where do I start? It's hard...

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After Two 'Practice' Kids, I'm Hoping Third Time's a Charm

(5) Comments | Posted March 9, 2013 | 3:01 PM

I like having three kids.

They fit nicely into the car. They're the perfect number when going out to dinner. Table for four? And we always have enough people to play board games.

But what I like most about having three -- if I'm perfectly honest -- is that it...

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A Brené Brown 'Aha!' Moment: A Dad's Vulnerable Power

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 2:04 PM

I like a good "Aha!"

You know, one of those moments where clarity and inspiration crisscross in your heart, leaving the soul feeling like it's been served a warm slice of apple pie. I used to call them "Oprah Ahas!" -- maybe you did, too. But lately, those moments have...

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