Dad Writes New Career Chapter with ‘Jellyfish,’ Keeps Family First


Stay at home dad Chris Routly started second guessing himself while writing his third children’s book, “Sometimes You Need a Jellyfish.” “The more I read about writing children’s books, the more I realized I was breaking all the rules, like ‘don’t make it rhyme… you’re not as clever as you think you are,’” Routly tells [...]

Kids Deserve Nothing Less than a #HealthyDad


Being a dad can be hazardous to your health. My boys use my like a Jungle Gym, beg me to buy them sugary treats and leave me bone tired at the end of every day. That’s why I need to stay as healthy as possible. It’s one reason Daddylibrium decided to participate in the Anthem Blue [...]

Am I Too Desensitized to Sex, Violence to Protect My Kids?


Almost nothing shocks me at the movies, and a new study suggests that may spell trouble for my children. As a film critic I watch far more movies than the average dad. Tough gig if you can get it, but this week’s news suggests a dark side to my profession. The Hollywood Reporter shares news [...]

What Sunday Mornings Used to Be Like (Before Kids)


“Remember what it was like before …” Mommylibrium will say, and I know exactly what she means without hearing another word. To parents, “BC” means “Before Children,” a time when diaper changes, department store tantrums and staying up until 9:06 p.m. on Friday weren’t the norm. Here’s where I trot out the mandatory, “I love [...]

Top 5 Lessons from Being a Fatherpreneur


I collected art degrees like they were mint condition comics as a younger man, and I’ve yet to draw a paycheck from any of them. Now, at 46, I’m sketching my first entrepreneurial journey. I long ago abandoned my artistic dreams to work as a writer. It’s still quite an adjustment to go from a steady [...]

Help Your Kids Play Outside (Even In Winter)


Winter is coming — are your kids heading inside as a result? If so, you should re-think your plan. Why is it that so many colds and flus start circulating in the winter as opposed to the summer? For many, it’s the lack of outdoor time that causes this problem. The fresh air and vitamin [...]

How to Survive Your Child’s Childish Sense of Humor


Take my son’s sense of humor … please! My five-year-old has a new shtick he tries out at least a dozen times a day. He does or says something naughty, waits a beat and then cries, “tricked yah!” with a devilish grin. He might even jab me with something pokey and chuckle at his own [...]

‘One Rule for Boys’ Book Promotes Empathy, Connections


Dr. Max Wachtel says the Dark Knight is a lousy role model for young boys. The tortured superhero figure is a pop culture fixation these days, best personified by Batman’s conflicted persona. “Bruce Wayne had a horrible childhood, and he grew up to be this stoic, brooding person,” Dr. Wachtel says. “He saves the world, [...]