My 15-year-old son, Connor, and I just returned from our annual summer vacation. This was a good one. We took a weeklong cruise that had stops in Jamaica, Cayman Islands and Cozumel. The highlight: exploring underground caves topped with stalactites near Cozumel. What’s more, the caves were filled with water. So our group swam in […]
Have you made a New Year’s resolution for dating? You probably have. Invariably, single people think this might be the year that I meet someone. So how should you keep your resolution – even if it’s unspoken – to find someone?
I don’t want to hear it. You may be the best parent in the world. You may have excellent advice that would make me — a stretched-thin single dad — a much, much better parent. Still, I don’t want your advice — unless I ask for it. A reasonable request, right?
I spent 27 years — more than half my life — at one company. My worst memories: the annual performance evaluations. They created dread among staffers and were one of the reasons I chose to resign in 2011. Rigid job reviews devastate employee morale and wreck any sense of shared mission between workers and […]
My boy has become a young man. The transformation began so gradually that I didn’t notice it until a few weeks ago. But when he recently entered his teens, I could no longer deny that he was exiting childhood. Connor now has a faint moustache! A husky voice. A sturdy frame. Increasingly, he moves […]
My son will be a rich and famous actor someday. I know it. I just know it. OK, I’m kidding. But Connor, who is almost 13, is taking private acting lessons. So that’s a start, right? Actually, I’m stunned – but very supportive – that Connor wants to study acting. When I was […]
If you’re my age (54), most of the women you’ll date are divorced. That’s a fact of life. But occasionally, I’ll go out with a woman who’s never been married. Frankly, I’m immediately wary.
I’ve been married over Christmas, and I’ve been single over Christmas. I’d say the latter is better. What?! I know we’re all conditioned to want someone over the holidays. I get it. It’s nice to share affection and make memories with someone we love during Christmas – supposedly the pinnacle of family life. But […]
Candy is junk food. It’s bad for kids, right? It can make them fat and cause cavities. But on Halloween, can’t we please ease up on our candy-is-evil paranoia? Some dentists, including my son’s, offer to buy back Halloween candy to keep it away from kids. Really? Yes.
Thanks a lot, Lance Armstrong. You’ve made our job as parents even tougher. Only a week ago, many of us still considered you a hero – a gritty competitor from the United States who had won an unprecedented seven consecutive Tour de France bicycle races. To add to your legend, you’d accomplished the […]