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…

Reno Dads Podcast Episode 4: Kylee’s Wish with Kehl LeSourd

Kylee’s Wish: A Story of Hope and Resilience In this episode, the Reno Dads sit down with Kehl LeSourd, a dad who inspires us with his and his family’s story of resilience in the face of some very challenging circumstances.  Kehl is the father of Kylee LeSourd (who, at age 7, was diagnosed with brain cancer)….

Fatherhood Has Turned Me into a Crying Sap

Last month, I hired a photographer to take family photos. My wife and I have an 8-month old daughter and very few pictures on the wall to show for it. The photog, David Calvert, is a buddy who also shot our wedding. David sent me a text to let me know that the photos would be done…

Talking To Your Kids about September 11th

“Never Forget” seems to be getting difficult for us, as a people, for an event now 16 years passed. We just don’t talk about it the same way. We should, but we don’t. The incredible emotions of anger, fear, confusion, and even love for our fellow citizens has faded. We certainly haven’t forgotten, but we…

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…

Help Me Coach Your Kids

I am blessed with the opportunity to share some of my time with your children as a coach. I love to work on technique, to be a positive influence on their day, and watch them grow and develop over time due to hard work and perseverance. I just have one request: help me coach your…

Developing Emotional Resilience

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” – Frederick Douglas Seems simple enough, right? I read a parenting book, 21 Mistakes Parent’s Make, that began a chapter with Douglas’ quote as he went on to say that a mistake many parents make is that they raise children and not adults….