Wants to See Your #newcarface

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(The following post is sponsored by I’ll never forget the time I saw my first new car. The dealership wasn’t big or located in a hip neighborhood. Still, walking up to my – my! – new Pontiac Sunfire made me feel like a bona fide grown up. I had my first #newcarface. I’ve driven a [...]

Five Things I Wish I Could Share with My Father


My father’s birthday reminds me what I’m missing without him in my life. Dad passed nearly three years ago after a long illness. My boys were both under three at the time. He barely got to know them, and when we visited him he was often too sick to fully appreciate their toddler mischief. My [...]

The Force Is Strong With My Sons … at Last


I was obsessed with “Star Wars” long before I actually watched the sci-fi classic. Call it marketing magic, the cultural zeitgeist or just the perfect marriage between a geeky boy and an epic space western. Getting my hands on the latest “Star Wars” toys was my obsession back in 1977. That made my parents’ lives [...]

Try This Chocolate Pumpkin Pie on Thanksgiving

Symon Choc Pumkin Pie

Thanksgiving marks the start of the Christmas season and the peak of pumpkin-flavored treats. So before pumpkins give way to candy canes and egg nog why not try the following chocolate-flavored recipe? It’s courtesy of “Thanksgiving at Bobby’s” which premieres at 12 p.m. Nov. 22 on the Food Network. The all-star special features Thanksgiving-themed recipes [...]

How Parents Can Steer Clear of ‘Dumb’ Movie Choices

Nell Minow, AKA Movie Mom, is none too pleased with the PG:13 rating attached to “Dumb and Dumber To.” The veteran film critic, a friend of Daddylibrium, excoriated the MPAA’s ratings system for dubbing a film teeming with inappropriate material in such a fashion. Parents should know that this movie has material that would receive [...]

Why Making One Great Friend May Be Enough


My late Father’s unofficial rules of life continue to guide my path. Most of them, anyway. Dad’s famous line, “no man is rich enough to afford a used car” sounded hollow to me then, and it hasn’t aged well. Other slices of his wisdom, though, help me in my fatherhood journey. One line in particular [...]

Do I Have a Budding Narcissist (or Two) on My Hands?


For roughly two years my most used phrase was, “good boy!” If Eli climbed a ladder, navigated a curb or just did exactly what he was supposed to, I cheered along with a hearty, “good boy!” And I’m not alone. Go to any local park and you’ll hear a chorus of “good boys” and “good [...]

Mattress Memories: Family Bonds Then … and Now


As a child my favorite place in the world was my parents’ bed. I’d seek the be out in the middle of the night if a bad dream got the best of me. I had to insinuate myself onto it like a cat burglar waiting for his prey to fall asleep. Once I spotted an [...]