Talking with Your Kids About Death

I remember that day clearly. As I drove my son (then 6 years old) home from school, I came to a stop at a traffic light. “Hey dad,” his little voice snuck to my ear from the back seat. “Yeah, buddy?” I replied, casually. “What happens to us when we die?” he asked me. Oh…

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…

Sex and the Single Dad *

“Dating apps in my 40s? Yeah, things are definitely going according to plan! 😜” I don’t think anyone ever really expects to be divorced in their 40s, it just sort of happens. And still happens fairly frequently, if you’re to believe the statistics on marriage longevity in the US these days. The whole dating landscape has…

3 Simple Coping Strategies For Fatherhood Stress

I find it telling that, for me, moments of extreme stress and danger can be subdued by the peaceful and calming thoughts of my family, my bride, and especially my boys. These thoughts seem to develop into a clear thinking, calming my mind to allow full focus on the task at hand. Six years in…

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…

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…

Kitties not Titties – Speech Matters

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusions that is has taken place.” – George Bernard Shaw Communicating with a young child is a guessing game at best. “Did you poop? Are you hungry? Is that a new tooth? Are you not feeling well? Is it just gas? I don’t know, where is mommy?” The…