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03 FebI Love It When . . .

I love it when . . . My seven year old touches me when he talks to me. He will have his arms around as he tells me a story of the day. He will play with my belt buckle as he carefully explains what it is he wants. He will lie close to me […]

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27 JanWhen My Teen Is Willing to Talk, I’m All Ears

A few years ago I was reading a newspaper article on teen suicide. All of the stories in this article were sad, but one troubled me more than all the rest. A mother in Moab had found her fifteen year old daughter hanging in her bedroom closet. She was dead of suicide. The reporter had […]

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22 JanDaddy and the Tooth Fairy

The tooth fairy is a really fun cultural tradition. It makes up for the trauma of losing a tooth. I have vivid memories of my dad reaching into my mouth with his finger. “You’re not going to pull it?” I ask, afraid. “I’m just going to check it,” he would say. He would wiggle it […]

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05 JanHow to Blog With Teenagers

The majority of Daddy and Mommy blogs I see are by new parents or the parents of young children. This is understandable. There are few things more exciting and life changing than becoming a first-time father. And then raising young children? The do such cute things. They say such cute things. They hold your hand […]

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31 Dec“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” With a Nine-Year-Old

The other day my nine-year-old daughter asked me if we could watch “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” together. I raised my eyebrows and said, “Um, yeah.” Where had this request come from? It’s true that I have received a masters degree in English and love literature and the arts, but my children have not been raised […]

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24 Dec“Listen To Me, Dad”

For those who are familiar with Christian scripture you are aware of the idea that children pay for the sins of their fathers (and mothers). Even taking religion out of the picture there are books of studies on how nurture (or lack of it) affects the lives of children. As a father and a dad […]

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09 DecDad in Smoke

When I think of my Dad many images come to mind, but one in particular stands out. He’s sitting on a rock next to small campfire cooking pancakes on a blackened griddle. The griddle is balanced unevenly on a couple of rocks over carefully placed embers. The pancake batter is running to one side of […]

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24 NovMomentary Connections

A movie is playing on the DVD. In our cramped living room our children have plopped wherever they can find room: on the couch, in the worn-out banana chair, on the floor, in the old wooden rocker, and one on top of the unfolded laundry. I take my gaze away from the TV to look […]

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12 Nov“Dad” Means You Are Going to Miss a Few Things

I often read accounts of celebrity “new” dads. They often show the excitement and elation that most men feel when they become a dad for the first time. They use words like “awesome” and “greatest thing in the world” and “nothing could be more important.” Having become the dad to eight children I can testify […]

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06 NovExtraordinarily Ordinary

I don’t know if you saw the show, “The Odd Life of Timothy Green.” I don’t think it made a big splash. I did happen to see it and it captured my attention as one of those shows that makes me wonder how Hollywood let it survive to birth. This isn’t because the show wasn’t […]

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