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John McCormick
John McCormick is the author of “Dad, Tell Me a Story,” How to Revive the Tradition of Storytelling with Your Children (Nicasio Press 2013). The book contains 25 stories he created with his own two sons, and provides guidance to parents on how to create a storytelling tradition in their own families.

On his
storytelling blog, John offers stories and storytelling tips to families while sharing parenting insights reflecting the wonder and joy of raising kids. He has also served as a guest contributor on such influential parenting blogs as The Parent Network, Man of the House, and The Parent du Jour. John is a frequent speaker and storytelling advocate at schools, book clubs, parent associations, fairs, libraries, and summer camps, having made presentations to the National Child Research Center, a prestigious preschool in Washington, D.C., and the Parents League of New York, one of the oldest parent associations in the United States.

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Entries by John McCormick

When Your Child Has Lyme Disease: A Parent's Survival Guide

(6) Comments | Posted December 30, 2015 | 10:35 AM

When my son Will was first diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2009, my wife and I didn't have a clue what Lyme was or what was in store for our family. For starters, we thought all Lyme cases could be cured with a short course of antibiotics. But when Will's...

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Why "Back to School" Is Not the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 12:48 PM

Back in 1996, before I had kids, I always got a chuckle watching that Staples TV commercial featuring a happy-go-lucky dad skipping through the store buying back-to-school supplies for his two glum kids. Adding to my amusement, an upbeat pitchman joyfully proclaimed in a voiceover, "They're going BACK!"...

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Reflections on Father's Day 2015: Don't Forget, It's Not About You

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 6:02 PM

As I write this article the week after Father's Day, I'm thinking about a day several years ago when I discovered something important about fatherhood. My now 16-year-old son Will was three, and we'd been playing with his toy dinosaurs on the floor for a few hours. "Son, I've got...

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Parenting a Sick Child Has Made Me a Chronic Worrier

(3) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 4:09 PM

I'm a worrier. I don't worry about everything. Just my kids. My wife tells me she never has to worry about our children as I do enough of that for both of us.

In an age of free range parenting, I'm the creaky old helicopter who hovers over my...

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A Silent Night

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 4:24 PM

I love keeping the traditions of Christmas in my family. Every Christmas Eve since my children were little, I've read to them Clement Clark Moore's 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. My own parents read that story to me every Christmas Eve when I was a child,...

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Dad, Why Is that Man Wearing a Red Flower?

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 4:35 PM

My son and I were watching an English Premier League soccer match on TV last Saturday morning when he asked, "Dad, why are the coaches and players wearing red flowers on their clothes?"

I looked closer and saw that the coaches and players were indeed sporting red poppy...

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Bridging the Generational Divide between a Football Father and a Soccer Son

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 11:55 AM

Nowhere is the generation gap between my 16-year-old son Will and me wider than when it comes to football. Football, for me, is that most American of sports, pitting helmeted warriors colliding with one another across the line of scrimmage. Football for Will is of the global variety, the "beautiful...

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How a Rock Musician Inspired One Family Dealing With Lyme Disease

(11) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 5:04 PM

This spring I took my 15-year-old son to hear the band Typhoon and its lead singer, composer and guitarist, Kyle Morton. Typhoon is an indie rock band from Oregon whose 11 musicians combine inspirational lyrics with resonant melodies, weaving together guitars, violins, drums, horns, xylophones and...

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In Defense of 'Dad Pants'

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 4:59 PM

In a new online marketing campaign for Dockers khaki pants, Sara Harbaugh, wife of San Francisco 49ers football coach Jim Harbaugh, intones in mock seriousness, "I'd like to talk with you about a serious condition affecting countless men in our country. I'm talking, of course, about 'Dad Pants.'...

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Let's Make Father's Day a Big Deal

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 6:35 PM

Fellow dads, we need to face the facts. Father's Day doesn't get nearly the same recognition as Mother's Day. According to several survey results,

• Mother's Day fuels 75% more spending than Father's Day worldwide.

• 141 million greeting cards are purchased each year around Mother's Day, compared...

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Should I Allow My Son to Join a Fraternity?

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 3:27 PM

My teenage son has begun looking at colleges. Recently, while we were looking at admissions brochures over breakfast, he asked me how I'd feel if he joined a fraternity.

His question transported me back to my university days, when I pledged a fraternity as a freshman and lived for...

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Parenting With Grace

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 11:50 AM

I've long been intrigued by the concept of grace-based parenting. I'm not sure I have more than an intuitive sense of what it means, however, so I looked the phrase up on the Internet. The definitions I found applied mostly to parenting grounded in religious beliefs. This helped my understanding,...

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Gather Around Celebrating the Stories of the Season

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 6:03 PM

Many parents of young children often ask me for suggestions for family activities over the holidays. My first reaction is to demur, explaining that as the father of two teenage boys, I myself am desperately looking for ways to entice my sons to spend some time with their parents celebrating...

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President Obama: Why You Should Come to Gettysburg

(6) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 10:04 AM

Dear President Obama,

My family and I were disappointed to learn you've decided not to attend the 150th anniversary commemoration of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address in Pennsylvania this November 19. I write this open letter to you in the hope you will reconsider. Your participation would...

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Families Find a New PAL in the Fight Against Lyme

(25) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 11:14 AM

When my son Will was 10, he rolled out of bed one morning limping and complaining of painful, swollen knees. In the days that followed, he suffered from headaches and fever, disorientation and fatigue. We contacted our physician, who suspected Lyme disease and immediately ordered tests.

Will's tests came back...

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Introducing Your Kids to Great Literature

(7) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 2:33 PM

I recently attended a book fair at our neighborhood book store benefiting my kids' K-8 school. I couldn't help noticing that serial young adult novels were all the rage among the middle schoolers, especially those -- not surprisingly -- about vampires and young love.

There's nothing wrong with these books,...

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Confessions of an 'Opt-Out Dad'

(4) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 10:32 AM

I've been keenly following the recent cascade of articles examining the consequences of decisions by highly qualified and educated women a decade ago to leave promising careers and spend more time at home raising their children. In last week's New York Times Magazine, Judith Warner caught...

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What Gettysburg Means to My Family

(5) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 10:19 AM

One hundred fifty years ago this week, Union and Confederate forces fought one of the most decisive battles in world history in around the fields and hills of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. More than 51,000 soldiers from both sides suffered casualties in the battle, which marked the turning point...

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Parenting Lessons From Nature's Creepy Crawlers

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 1:45 PM

Cicadas. Who can think over the deafening roar of their buzzing? Who doesn't cringe when they molt and you walk across the driveway feeling the sickening crunch of their shells underfoot? And the thought of all those bugs bubbling from the ground is something straight out of a horror movie!...

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Protect Your Children This Spring From Tick-Borne Diseases

(7) Comments | Posted April 23, 2013 | 12:57 PM

For many of us, the arrival of spring has come none too soon. The trees and flowers are blossoming in their springtime finery, and the air is filled with chirping birds and floating butterflies. But as we gather our families for hikes through the woods and picnics in the park,...

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