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The 5 Things I've Learned After 5 Years of Being a Dad

Quora | Posted 06.20.2014 | Parents
Quora

Over the next five years, I would come to learn that this completely irrational rationalization about buying new stuff to satiate my never ending and nonsensical need to protect the baby from hard things wasn't a phase, but my new normal state of mind. There is a name for this condition: new Dad.

In Defense of 'Dad Pants'

John McCormick | Posted 06.16.2014 | Parents
John McCormick

Chauffeur duties on Saturday nights have a way of spoiling date night with your spouse. Besides, if I do unintentionally embarrass my kids in public wearing baggy "Dad Pants," isn't that what dads are supposed to do? Embarrassing my teenage sons is one of the few social pleasures I have left!

Let's Make Father's Day a Big Deal

John McCormick | Posted 06.02.2014 | Parents
John McCormick

Father's Day feels like an afterthought, a hastily-signed card or a last-minute wrapped gift that's accompanied with a shrug and the usual excuse, "We never know what to get you."

6 Things You Wished You Knew Before Your First Kid

AskMen.com | Posted 06.22.2014 | Parents
AskMen.com

A trend occurred in the early 20th century when many Americans moved away from rural areas and into urban centers. For the first time ever, their ch...

Should I Allow My Son to Join a Fraternity?

John McCormick | Posted 05.21.2014 | Parents
John McCormick

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.

10 Things A Pregnant Woman Deserves

Clint Edwards | Posted 05.11.2014 | Parents
Clint Edwards

Being pregnant is hard on a woman both physically and mentally. It's something I can't experience. I can only observe. As a husband, I often feel helpless. Like I'm just some cheerleader on the sidelines, hoping everything turns out OK.

Parenting With Grace

John McCormick | Posted 04.21.2014 | Parents
John McCormick

The magic of storytelling has helped my sons and I connect with a kindred spirit half a world away. Now if that isn't grace, I don't know what is.

Gather Around Celebrating the Stories of the Season

John McCormick | Posted 02.08.2014 | Parents
John McCormick

The time I've spent telling stories with my sons is one of the greatest treasures of my life. It has created a special bond between us, something that no one else does for them.

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.

A Role Model Athlete for Our Children

John McCormick | Posted 02.10.2013 | Parents
John McCormick

When it comes to the question of whether athletes are appropriate role models for teens, Robert Griffin III could be a game changer

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.

Have You Been Naughty or Nice?

Orlando Jones | Posted 02.19.2012 | Comedy
Orlando Jones

The end of the year is often a time we use to reflect and tally our successes and failures. Most of us do this late at night on bended knee with our head in a toilet after having drunk way too much on New Year's Eve.

The Unexpected Joys of Fatherhood

Eric Payne | Posted 12.24.2011 | Black Voices
Eric Payne

Upon learning of the inevitable arrival of a child into my life, I was faced with having to give up that which I considered priceless: my time. Now that I'm a father with some years on me, I can barely remember what I was doing with all the time I had as a single, kid-free man.

Making a Dad: Two Parts Old School, Two Parts New

Lamar Tyler | Posted 12.19.2011 | Black Voices
Lamar Tyler

Recently, while thinking of my own grandfather, I began to wonder, what if you could take the best parts of an old school dad and merge them with the best parts of a new school dad.

Good Dad, Good Man

Eric Payne | Posted 12.13.2011 | Black Voices
Eric Payne

The days of "Do as I say and not as I do" are over. Today's kids, who are always-on, are tech-savvy and have 24/7 Internet access to information which they can use to dispute you.

How to Build a Time Machine to Your Childhood

Dana H. Glazer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dana H. Glazer

Have you noticed that as we get older we require larger amounts of stimulation to engage us? That what once excited us when we were young now doesn't hold the same potency?