Welcome to the Sandwich Generation!

Make me a Sandwich There was a time not too long ago that I thought to myself, with one kid in college, and the other in his junior year in high school, that I was about to launch into a whole new phase of my adult life. One of the things that I recall from…

The Bachelor is the worst show on TV – I watch it anyway

It’s two hours of pain. It’s two hours of screaming at the TV. It’s two hours of smack-talking 30 women looking for love in the most unconventional way, in front of millions of viewers. The Bachelor is a show on ABC that everyone knows and you either love it or hate it. I hate it….

Creating a Legacy Binder

Is your family prepared for your your death? Not a great sentiment to start an article with, I know; but it’s an important question to ask nonetheless. I am embarrassed to admit that my answer to that question is, “no.” I recently experienced a health issue I haven’t experienced since around the age of 11 years old. I…

Don’t Be Blindsided by Divorce

Well really it’s our fault – after all we have been giving our husbands ultimatums since the day before they said “I do.” How can any of you possibly know that we really meant it this last time?  Well guys, for those of you lucky enough not to walk in on your wife and her…

Man’s Best: A Requiem for My Dog

My beloved dog, Zoe, of 14.8 years died on July 2nd of this year. Since then, I’ve been trying in vain to swallow the jagged pill of her loss. Something embedded in my psyche, maybe some twisted cultural norm, keeps saying, “She was just a dog; you’ll get over it.” Something deeper, though, maybe my…

Reno Dads Podcast Episode 16: Reno Mom Mikalee Byerman

In this episode, the Reno Dads podcast sat down with Mikalee Byerman, a local mom, marketing guru, and Reno Moms Blog contributor to talk about solo/single parenting, dating in Reno, and online dating. It turns out that dating in Reno is just as frustrating from the women’s side of the table as it is from…

Reno Dads Podcast Episode 14: Intentional Parenting with Jake Wiskerchen

In this episode, the Reno Dads podcast sat down with our own Jake Wiskerchen to talk about developing a consistent parenting philosophy and how it can help when parenting happens in multiple households or with various caregivers who don’t necessarily live in the same household. Jake is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) and…

Date Night Ideas – A Reno Dads Guide

Coming up with date night ideas always seems to fall to the ladies and the guys are stuck painting boards or sipping wine or a more traditional dinner and a movie event. Nothing against those things, they are fun and all, but sometimes we need just need to spice things up a bit. So, here…

Nanagrams Book: Names for Grandmothers-to-be

Grandmother. Grandma. MeeMaw. Baba. Apparently “Granny” just isn’t a good fit for all grandmothers. I don’t blame them – sometimes a grandmother doesn’t feel like she is a Nana or a GranGran and all the connotations that are associated with some of these monikers. And these nicknames stick with them their whole lives. But, there…

Everyday Dad / Disneyland Dad

To a certain extent, every parent (and parenting team) has to wrestle with being the “cool” parent or the “strict” parent. I’ve seen plenty of parents who take pride in being the disciplinarian, the rule maker and enforcer, all the while knowing that their partner is relieved (in a sense) of that side of the…

Mother’s Day: A Day to Honor Moms & Edify Sons

I was born May 13, 1982, a mere four days after Mother’s Day. I like to think I was a gift to my mother that year. I’m nearly certain she’d say the same. This year my birthday and Mother’s Day coincide. I won’t get to celebrate in person with my mother since she lives in…

When is the Best Time to have Child Number 2?

I cannot stop thinking about the scene from Animal House when Kevin Bacon “assumes the position” and takes a fraternity paddle to the keister. “Thank you, sir! May I have another?” That phrase is relatable right now. My daughter just turned one. She has been a blessing and has motivated me to be better at life. That…