This is Why We Yell At Children

“When one’s expectations are reduced to zero, one really does appreciate everything one does have.”  – Steven Hawking Think of three things you do (or used to do) really well. Now, think back to when they were introduced to you and the first time you attempted them. If your “three things” involve an ability such…

Vaccines: All the Cool Dads are Doing it

As parents, we like to be informed. It gives us a sense of power and control, and when it comes to our children, we feel we’re better able to make decisions to protect them and keep them safe. Every parent is faced with a critical choice to make for the health of their child –…

Ask Mr. Emotions Guy: Appropriate Anger

Raise your hand if you have snapped at someone and then regretted it. No, seriously, this is not rhetorical. Go ahead, no one will think you’re weird; it’ll just look like you’re stretching one arm or adjusting your sleeve. Now that most of you have ignored me and skipped the exercise, ask yourself why it…

The Call You Dread When Your Dad’s a Cop

“Your dad is in the hospital.” Those six words will put anyone’s heart straight into their throat, but especially when you are a 12-year-old child whose father is a police officer. This occurred in my family in 1990, long before the age of constant, instant communication. At the time, that was all we knew: dad…

Real Man

Being a real man is hard. First off, can anyone even define what that means? So many forces tug at us to place labels, then once we think we have settled on something reasonable, another force makes us question that. Someone wiser than I once said, “To define is to confine,” meaning that if we…