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4 Things I've Learned About Life From My 9-Year-Old Birthday Boy

4 Things I've Learned About Life From My 9-Year-Old Birthday Boy

03.14.2014
While I wanted to smother him with kisses this morning he told me, "One kiss is all I need." And so I must figure out a way to make that...
A Letter To My Son About The Only Good Reason To Get Married

A Letter To My Son About The Only Good Reason To Get Married

03.12.2014
Marriages become beautiful when two people embrace the only good reason to get married: to practice the daily sacrifice of their egos....
The Meanest Word At Preschool

The Meanest Word At Preschool

03.10.2014
They are watching us. They are watching us be cruel to each other. They are watching us speak poorly of our friends, and of ourselves....
The Profound Parenting Lesson I Learned From A Very Bad Day

The Profound Parenting Lesson I Learned From A Very Bad Day

03. 7.2014
My son's words were my own. His feelings were a manifestation of what he had silently observed and internalized his father doing only five...
The Blessings Of A Botched Piano Recital

The Blessings Of A Botched Piano Recital

03. 4.2014
I feel confident that given the chance, Sam will make it through many of life's songs, no matter how many do-overs and false starts he...
26 Lessons Your Son's Future Spouse Will Thank You For Teaching Him

26 Lessons Your Son's Future Spouse Will Thank You For Teaching Him

02.28.2014
Plant deep within him the knowledge that showing affection is a sign of strength, not weakness.
Dessert Is Delicious, But Not Sinfully So

Dessert Is Delicious, But Not Sinfully So

02.28.2014
Does calling a concoction of chocolate pudding, cookies, and whipped cream "sinfully delicious" cause eating disorders? No, of course not....
6 Things Only The Mother Of A Teenage Boy Would Understand

6 Things Only The Mother Of A Teenage Boy Would Understand

Ann Brenoff  02.21.2014
I have both a son and a daughter and can say this with 100 percent certainty: In my case, it's been two totally different parenting experiences....
This Is The Real Problem With Male 'Strength'

This Is The Real Problem With Male 'Strength'

02.20.2014
Girls need to be beautiful, boys need to be strong. Girls need to be delicate, boys need to be athletic. These are the messages hammered...
What Boys Need

What Boys Need

02.13.2014
Leaving behind the notion that boys are simply testosterone turbo-charged stalkers of the opposite sex, we can shift the debate about what...
Boy Interrupted

Boy Interrupted

02.12.2014
Interrupting the socialization systems rooted in the belief of what it means to "be a man" isn't easy. It begins with developing a healthier...
For My Teenage Sons: Lessons From Super Bowl XLVIII

For My Teenage Sons: Lessons From Super Bowl XLVIII

02. 6.2014
The Super Bowl and the weeks leading up to the big game gave us plenty of material to discuss with the boys.
How To Lose An Argument With A 5-Year-Old

How To Lose An Argument With A 5-Year-Old

02. 3.2014
Listen to me closely, mister. From this point on, you will no longer argue with anyone. I want you to act like a big boy. In fact, I want...
The Detail In This Photo That Stunned Me To My Core

The Detail In This Photo That Stunned Me To My Core

01.28.2014
Through my presence, I can become someone my son can believe in. Perhaps then, I can learn to believe in myself.