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?
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 […]
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.
The Boy Scouts of America did the right thing — finally. Reversing a longstanding policy, the organization said it would conduct a thorough review of its secret files involving pedophiles. It announced the change in an open letter to its supporters. “There have been instances where people misused their positions in Scouting to […]
Kids are going to hate me for saying that. I know. My 12-year-old son is steamed at me now for making him attend summer school – yet again. But, if you’re a parent, I’ll bet you agree with me. A three-month summer break is simply too long. Kids get bored around the house. They […]
If you haven’t bought any fireworks yet, don’t. Fireworks are too dangerous to be handled by the average person – like you and me. Enjoy fireworks – but go to a show run by professionals, who respect the danger posed by gunpowder and sparks.
My 12-year-old son and I just returned from a weeklong trip to the Grand Canyon. Wow. Words can’t describe the immense size and awesome beauty of the canyon. You have to see it – trust me.
Teachers deserve more respect for their knowledge. I’m not talking about their knowledge of math, science or whatever subject they teach. I’m talking about their knowledge of how to raise kids. Face it, teachers have more impact on a child’s upbringing than many harried, out-of-touch parents. Sad but true. So parents like you […]
Every teen needs a summer job. Fortunately, more companies are hiring this summer, studies show. Encourage your son or daughter to start looking now.