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Richard Greenberg
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Richard Greenberg is also known as Common Sense Dad. He is a blogger, author (Raising Children That Other People Like to Be Around.), and father of four. A native of Los Angeles, Richard graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor’s degree in English. After more than 30 years in the entertainment industry (as a post-production executive, editor and writer/producer), Richard decided to chronicle the lessons he and his wife, JoAnn learned while raising their four children. Raising Children that Other People Like to Be Around is Richard's first book. You can read more of his parenting tips, tools, and triumphs on his blog, Common Sense Dad and on Facebook as Common Sense Dad.

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Ballet Dads

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 11:19 AM

2015-01-29-EmBasketballCULite.jpg We've got three sons and a daughter. They arrived in that order. By the time our daughter Emily was born, I had coached and/or refereed multiple seasons of Little League, Muni Basketball and AYSO. When our daughter arrived, she showed...

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Weddings and World Peace

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 3:35 PM

My wife JoAnn and I started this year on the perfect note -- we went to a wedding on New Year's Eve. Essentially, we doubled down on hope.

After all, what is more optimistic than two people sharing their love on a day that marks the beginning of a...

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5 Easy Resolutions Every Parent Can Make

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 9:41 AM

These are difficult times in which to raise children. We've become a culture that mistrusts authority, that believes individuals are often more important than the society and that everyone deserves special treatment. As a result, it is up to us, as parents, to raise children who will respect authority, tell...

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Making Marriage Work

(16) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 7:56 AM

In honor of the fact that JoAnn and I are celebrating our thirty-seventh wedding anniversary this week, I thought I'd reflect a little on what I think has allowed our relationship to survive.

People express their understandings of a marriage...

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Finding Thanks in Thanksgiving

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 1:06 PM

Louis C.K. jokes that airline passengers often complain about slow Internet while sitting in a tube hurtling through the sky at 400 miles per hour.

I am often frustrated by bad cell coverage, when 20 years ago I couldn't call anyone from the car.

Sometimes I feel like I'd be...

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The KID Pro Quo

(2) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 1:03 PM

According to Merriam Webster Online, a quid pro quo is "something that is given to you or done for you in return for something you have given to or done for someone else."

I believe in the Kid Pro Quo, which I define as "something that your child gives or...

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Broke, Busy and Bushed: The 3 B's of Summer

(1) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 10:20 AM

Schools out, there is no more homework to nag about, no more schlepping to sporting events, rehearsals or class gatherings. It's summer vacation time.

Now what? Will we send the kids to camp? How will we fill their time or, more importantly, how will we teach...

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5 Thoughts From a Loving Father

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 7:56 PM

My daughter celebrates her 19th birthday next week. I can fix her car. I can de-frag her computer... but I can't protect her from disappointment.

These are the thoughts I can offer her as she heads toward the rest of her life.

1. Every break of your heart teaches...

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3 Ways Being a Lazy Dad Can Work

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 10:52 AM

"Lazy" isn't a word that is often associated with success, but I must confess that I am, and have always been, a lazy father. Sure, I've coached a lot of teams, driven a bunch of carpools and changed my share of diapers, but I've always done it the easiest way...

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Happy Parents Make Happy Children

(1) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 6:10 PM

I wrote Raising Children That Other People Like to be Around because, after 36 years of marriage and four children, I believe that being a good parent requires setting a good example -- and having a positive relationship with your spouse is...
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Who's in Charge? Are You a Wimpy Parent?

(6) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 10:50 AM

Do you let your children boss you around? (Do they say things like "Where's my breakfast?")

Do you make excuses for your children? ("She would have said 'Thank you,' but she was too busy playing.")

Are you afraid your child won't love you if you say "No"?

Have you ever...

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Talking to Kids About Ukraine

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 1:00 PM

I've been doing a lot of media lately, specifically about how to speak to our children about events going on in Ukraine.

It is my experience, theory and observation that we all like to feel safe -- especially children -- so the idea of introducing something into the life of...

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What's a Mommy or a Daddy Anyway?

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 3:22 PM


In a previous blog I addressed the folly of parents too frequently accepting excuses from our children. I also mentioned the possibility of parents actually making up excuses on behalf of their kids -- as in, they ate sugar and got...

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5 Things Every Husband (and Father) Should Know

(23) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 11:04 AM

As this week marks the 36th year of my marriage, I thought I'd try to offer some of the little lessons I have learned through co-habitation.

None of us is entitled to the "perfect" partner. We just don't come out of the box in a manner that allows us to...

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Questions Every Parent Should Ask

(0) Comments | Posted November 28, 2013 | 1:26 AM

Our own life experience is our greatest parenting resource.

In my book, Raising Children That Other People Like to be Around, I suggest that parenting is like driving a cab: if you don't at least ACT like you know the way, your passengers (children) are going to be nervous...

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3 Simple Sayings

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 2:30 PM

My mom would have been 92 last week. Here are three gems she left me:

Don't be so open-minded that your brain falls out.

All of us have been in situations where our better nature overrides our common sense. I've loaned money to friends. I've counseled people to stay hopeful...

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How to be a Holiday Hero

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 12:20 PM

It's November now, the month of Thanksgiving, and it's also the month when our children start rehearsing seriously for their school holiday programs. Singing, dancing, holding signs; whatever it is they're doing, they're preparing to be "at their best" for their parents and their community.

When I was young, the...

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What's Up With Love?

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 6:00 PM

One of our three sons is getting married this weekend, so it's only logical that I'd be thinking about love. After watching this boy grow from birth, through childhood, and into adulthood, I have to say that the concept of his falling in love, of having an inexplicably deep connection...

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5 Basic Rules for Raising Happy Children

(2) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 10:47 AM

I wrote Raising Children That Other People Like to be Around to guide parents toward a better understanding of their roles -- as moms and dads, as well as parenting partners -- because the core strength of a family comes from the leadership that the adults offer. To...

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Congress Is a Bad Example

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 1:47 PM

In my book, Raising Children That Other People Like to be Around, I outline the ingredients for having a happy family by using a handy mnemonic -- S.M.A.R.T. The letters stand for Set an Example, Make the Rules, Apply the Rules, Respect Yourself, and Teach in All Things.


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