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My kids didn’t think I could still dunk. I had to prove them wrong.

Billy Ho in the flesh

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Summer waterpark alternative

A short poem.

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Dear kids, stop calling my shorts “a bathing suit”

A poem in free verse.

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When my kids start talking to me about Minecraft

A poem in free verse.

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The Banana Heads: A graphic novel

Written and illustrated by my seven and nine year old kids.

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My Little Anti-Authoritarians

Authority? Meh.

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Slow Down, Time

Eight years ago today, my wife wakes me in the wee hours of the morning to tell me she is going into labor with our first born and that her water had broken two hours prior, but all is well.…

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Coaching Advice From Your New Soccer Coach Who Knows Nothing About Soccer

So, whoever you are, because I don’t know any of your names, let’s go out there and have some fun and kick the ball in the other goal a bunch of times, and DESTROY our opponent. No mercy! Cobra Kai!

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A Peaceful Walk Down By the Water; Or, A Fish Hook to the Groin

“These aren’t meant to come out,” I told my son. “That’s the whole point. You have to cut fish hooks out. It’s so the fish don’t get away.”

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Mikey, the Ninja Turkey: A Thanksgiving Tale, As Told By My Five Year Old Son

Let’s switch gears to something more lighthearted with Thanksgiving just around the corner. In a kindergarten class project titled “I’m Not a Turkey,” I sat down with my son, Henry, earlier this week to write a story about a turkey…

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Ready or Not, Here I Come

Four years ago today, my son Henry came into the world. It was a rather spectacular entrance being that the attending nurse and doctor for my wife had just left and gone upstairs to eat lunch when my wife looked at me and said, “He’s coming.”

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Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: A Brief Book Review

A brief book review of Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids, by Dr. Laura Markham, and why every parent should throw away all of their other parenting books and un-bookmark all of their favorite parenting blogs, and just buy this book—like right now

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I Miss Your Speech Impediment

A love letter to my daughter and her passing speech impediment

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Stuff My Three Year Old Son Said Today: Volume 2 (A Halloween Special)

It’s the day before Halloween, and my three year old son sure did come through for me in “Stuff My Three Year Old Son Said Today: Volume Two (A Halloween Special).”

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Stuff My Three Year Old Son Said Today: Volume 1

I feel like I need to make this a series of some sort… some ongoing diary cataloguing the usually hilarious, sometimes insightful things my three year old son says. Well, here goes.

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No Other Place I Would Rather Be

On the drive there, she sits in the backseat, her Barbie between her knees, talking to it, making it dance or sing or just be her friend or plastic confidant. I listen. I watch her in the rearview. I see her smile. I hear her giggle.

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How to Administer Ear Drops to a Small (Very Strong) Child

And live to tell about it.

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Henry, stop biting the trash can

My son is teething and puts everything in his mouth. If you’re not careful you’ll lose a finger. Just ask my friend Andy.

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A Child’s Imagination

Being a parent means rediscovering your inner child, and a child’s imagination is something to envy. Their curiosity is magical. Their cynicism is non-existent.

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Welcome to the First Week of Swimming Lessons

A father debates whether to rescue his toddler from the pool and console her, calming her fears, during her first swimming lesson.