Seven TV Lies About Parenting (The Last One Is Shocking)

Leave It to Beaver TV Lies

“When will I learn? The answer to life’s problems aren’t at the bottom of a bottle, they’re on TV!” – Homer J. Simpson I learned long ago never to doubt the wit and wisdom of the Simpson’s patriarch. When it comes to television, though, Homer might have been wrong. D’oh! The more my parenting journey [...]

Son’s Toenail Polish Forces Thoughts on Gender Issues, Fatherly Expectations

blue toenail polish

The moment I saw my son’s bright blue toenail polish I knew I’d need a moment to process the vision. Or, to be more accurate, a blog post. Benjamin is a three-year-old alpha male. His idea of exploration is ramming things with his head and then seeing what happened as a result. He’s fearless and [...]

Blunt Parenting Tips from ‘Farmhouse Rules’ Star Nancy Fuller

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You never forget the first time you get scolded by a reality show star. In this case, “Farmhouse Rules’” Nancy Fuller told me in no uncertain terms I was doing the wrong thing by coddling my boys at dinner time. And she was right. Fuller, the entrepreneur/grandmother, is back for a new season of her [...]

Dad of Cancer Survivor Offers Tips for Dealing with Disease

Chamness family at St. Baldrick's event

When Chuck Chamness’ 8 year old son Joey was diagnosed with a potentially fatal form of cancer in 2005 the boy had an important question. Will the treatment make him lose his hair? Joey’s sister asked their father the same question. “I said to him, ‘If it makes you feel better, I’ll shave my head, [...]

Daddylibrium Book Review: ‘Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments’

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My children may look normal, but deep down they’re both mad scientists eager to be unleashed. So when I heard about “Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments” I simply had to have it. Author Mike Adamick gathers 30 kid-friendly experiments requiring basic household goods, a little patience and some paper towels for cleanup. The author cautions [...]

‘The Nut Job’ Movie Review: Desperate Gags Distract Children, Punish Parents

The Nut Job review

Not every animated film can be “Frozen.” Some, like “The Nut Job,” fail to match mediocrities like “Free Birds.” “The Nut Job,” available April 15 on Blu-ray, serves up frantic comedy and a smattering of scatological gags to little effect. Children may dig the manic energy, but they won’t cling to characters unworthy of their [...]

‘Rio 2′ Screening Brings Out the Fine Feathered … Dancers

Ben, Eli, Rachel Crow and Rio 2 Dancers

Taking my children to the movies is always an event, but last Saturday had me plucking feathers out of my pockets while watching “Rio 2.” I make sure to have enough distractions on hand whenever my boys and I hit the local theater. Candy. Popcorn. Prayer, in worst case scenarios. When I received an invite [...]

College Friday: Show Your University Pride (and Get Free Ice Cream)

College Friday free ice cream

One of my strongest college memories has nothing to do with beer pong, streaking or watching “Animal House” for the 48th time. It was my first few minutes alone in my dorm room. I entered the bathroom, took out my razor and shaved. That’s it. The shave was more than a grooming chore. I felt free, [...]