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

John McCormick | Posted 08.25.2015 | Parents
John McCormick

I already long for those July mornings when all I had to worry about was getting myself fed and dressed. Or sip my coffee and read the paper in a quiet kitchen while the boys sacked in 'til noon.

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

John McCormick | Posted 06.26.2015 | Parents
John McCormick

I got a glimpse for the first time of what it will be like to be an empty nester. Connor starts high school this fall, and in two years Will is off to college. If Father's Day 2015 is any predictor, I'll be a complete mess, lavishing my pent-up paternal affections on the family dogs.

Storytelling at Home for the Holidays

John McCormick | Posted 02.22.2013 | Parents
John McCormick

We spend too much time on shopping, entertaining, and shuttling around and too little time with the family. If only there was an alternative? Maybe there is. Try storytelling at home with the kids. It's the perfect activity for the holidays.

School Cheating Scandals -- What's a Parent to Do?

John McCormick | Posted 12.04.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

Is there more that we as parents can do to find real solutions to cheating? What actions can parents take to affect real change so that cheating doesn't become an indelible part of our educational system?

Answering Kids' Awkward Questions

John McCormick | Posted 11.10.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

Last week, I sat down with my 11-year-old son to deliver that time-honored rite of passage -- for parents as well as kids -- our first "Birds and the Bees" talk. I was prepared for every possible question, except the one he asked.

It Starts with a Story

John McCormick | Posted 09.17.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

Storytelling, in short, teaches a child to walk in another's shoes.

Why Men Don't Have It All, Either

John McCormick | Posted 08.28.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

For this working dad, rediscovering my own pursuit of happiness starts not at the office, but at home with my family.

Athletes on Trial: Explaining Steroid Use to Children

John McCormick | Posted 08.21.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

When my baseball-loving son asks about Roger Clemens, what do I tell him?

Take the Father's Day Challenge

John McCormick | Posted 08.15.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

My family recently complained that Father's Day has turned me into a lazy bum. So this Father's Day, instead of just receiving gifts, I'm going to give back to my family.

Remembering D-Day this Father's Day

John McCormick | Posted 08.05.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

When I became a father, I realized for the first time what it might be like to send a child off to war.

Storytelling in the Age of Screens

John McCormick | Posted 07.30.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

How do I tear the kids away from flashing lights and explosions and get them to sit with a book or tell a story?

The Same Story? Again?! Storytelling as an Emotional Security Blanket

John McCormick | Posted 07.17.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

I used to wonder why my sons asked for the same story night after night. I came to the conclusion that kids simply enjoy the comfort of repetition. Think of it as an emotional security blanket.

Storytelling With Your Kids: How to Become a 'Story Dad'

John McCormick | Posted 07.02.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

When dads tell me they don't know how to tell stories, what they're often saying is, they don't know how to talk with their kids.

Storytelling with Your Kids: Creating a Family Tradition One Story at a Time

John McCormick | Posted 06.19.2012 | Parents
John McCormick

As an overworked Dad, I'm always looking for ways to find more time with my kids. I've found that storytelling is the ideal activity to enrich family time by creating a fun, free tradition.