How to Be a Dad

How to Be a Dad

Fatherhood

How A Father Looks

Posted by on September 11th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

I’ve had a few people tell me I don’t look like a dad. I’m not really sure what that means. Should I have my children strapped to my person? A tattoo of my kids’ names on my neck? Should the dark circles under my eyes have their own circles? What does a father look like? […]

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Awkward Dadly Photos

Posted by on August 27th, 2014, under SNAPSHOTS

Pictures are worth a thousand words, but awkward pictures are worth a thousand awkwards. You’ve probably seen some of the pics from our friends at awkwardfamilyphotos.com, but you’re missing out if you haven’t seen the hilarious titles, captions and backstories that go with the crazy photos. Their site is like the Smithsonian of utterly terrible […]

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Father’s Daze: 13 Dads Reveal Their Struggle

Posted by on June 11th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

As I’ve written about before, there is something happening in the lives of fathers and their careers today. While we define ourselves differently than we did 50 years ago, dads of all sorts are finding themselves in this position across the country, and beyond, of redefining who we are with a simple but profound question: […]

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This Dad Video Is Legit

Posted by on June 9th, 2014, under EXTERNAL USE ONLY

As we hurtle towards Father’s Day, every brand and marketing guru is going to bludgeon you with videos about dads. Commercials, cards, and advertisements of every sort will suddenly sound bombastically devoted to dads and the experience of fatherhood. Meanwhile, they will ignore us for the rest of the year. But there is a brand […]

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Bruce Lee, On Parenting

Posted by on April 11th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

  People think that Bruce Lee’s famous “Be like water” quote was his philosophical view on fighting an opponent. Think again! I propose that he was actually talking about being a parent! Ah HA! Okay, so maybe your mind isn’t blown by this revelation, but it’s got to at least be making funny clanking noises, […]

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Atlas the Father

Posted by on September 12th, 2013, under NOTEBOOK

I remember seeing a towering statue when I was traveling through Italy as a young boy. The marble man’s face looked so determined, forehead wrinkled from strain, and his eyes set upon some faraway place. I thought the giant globe perched between his powerful back and open hands would fall at any moment. I couldn’t […]

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I Met a Father Named Kanye West

Posted by on August 23rd, 2013, under NOTEBOOK

Let me be honest at the beginning here and disclose two important things before you read on. Besides the fact that I am morphing into Andy Herald… First, I have been working for 20th Television (Fox) for the past few months doing online strategy at the Kris Jenner Show, among others. These comments do not […]

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Staring at Nothing

Posted by on August 15th, 2013, under NOTEBOOK

He’s sitting there next to me with the book open. The closeness of his face to its cardboard pages a gauge of his intensity. It must be a good one, he’s already holding it inches away as he pretends to read it to me in his bed. He’s four. He’s adorable. He’s totally absorbed. Me? […]

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The Blogged Generation

Posted by on July 30th, 2013, under NOTEBOOK

My family sits like a clump of wires at the back of a desk. Disentangling my familial politics and systems has often proved equally difficult. So when it came time to forge ahead to make my dad’s final plans after he died, things were inevitably complicated. I don’t know where my father’s ashes were spread. […]

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The Best Bad Ideas

Posted by on June 18th, 2013, under NOTEBOOK

Before I begin, let me assure you no toddler was harmed in any way. This isn’t one of those kinds of story. In the way-too-early morning (aka before noon) we packed up Lucas, our 3.5-year-old son, got me coffee and all headed off to a skateboarding park. It was rented out for us, all to […]

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