As Mother's Day arrives and we give thanks to our wonderful wives and mothers, I can't help but think about the journey we all have taken as parents, and some of the lessons we've learned from our own … [Read More...] about 3 Parenting Lessons From My Mother
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I recently wrote about Aligning Careers With Your Physician Spouse, on how to pursue your own career in ways that complement your spouse's career. In … [Read More...] about Managing Correlated Stress Points With Two Working Parents
My post this week has been published as a guest post on the Physician on FIRE website. See below for a preview, and here's the link: Aligning Careers … [Read More...] about Aligning Careers With Your Physician Spouse
When life feels complicated, it's important to bring focus back to the basics. What do we care about? What do we live for? What steps can we take … [Read More...] about Focusing on Fundamentals
Our family faced a big life decision recently: where to move after my wife's medical residency. It was one of those decisions that we knew had … [Read More...] about A Tale Of Two Cities: An Economic Story And A Hard Choice
Here's the postscript from February 20, following this post about a dozen roses on Valentine's Day: A Dozen Roses For Valentine's Day: Lessons From An … [Read More...] about Valentine’s Day Postscript
While searching for a new house myself, I've been doing some more thinking on the US Housing Market. Here's the latest. In August 2018, I wrote … [Read More...] about Investment Outlook: US Housing Market Update
So you're thinking of buying your girlfriend, or fiancé, or wife, or mother a dozen roses for Valentine's Day? You're a good man! But here's the … [Read More...] about A Dozen Roses For Valentine’s Day: Lessons From An Economist Cheapskate
Gratitude In teaching the Academic Integrity Seminar to college students, one of our core exercises is to ask students to write a Gratitude … [Read More...] about Gratitude For Economic Specialization
"Will you turn off that TV already?? Never!! How about in five minutes? Okay, sure." I can't tell you how many times this has happened in my … [Read More...] about My Kids’ Extremely High Discount Rates
I'm guessing that many parents have used this phrase: "I just want my kids to be happy." It makes sense -- we all want our kids to be happy, right? Or … [Read More...] about “I Just Want My Kids To Be [Fill In The Blank]”
The Daily Timescale What's your biggest focus for 2019? For me, I am focusing on the daily timescale: How can I make today as ideal … [Read More...] about Focusing On The Daily Timescale
This is a story about a story -- about a high school math project and a re-connection with a former teacher. Hope you like it! PDF: The … [Read More...] about The Grinch Who Stole Math
Take a break. You deserve it. As the winter holiday approaches, I am thinking of these lyrics from Hamilton the musical: Take a … [Read More...] about Take A Break
This article is a tribute to all the "better parenting" articles out there. Hope it makes you smile and laugh a bit! Dear Lesser … [Read More...] about Letter From A Better Parent
Happy Holidays! I am delighted to share The Economics Song, set to the tune of Adam Sandler's "The Hanukkah Song," with references to … [Read More...] about The Economics Song
The holidays are here. Have you written your Letter from Dad yet? Don't worry, you still have time. The holiday season is a time for joy and … [Read More...] about Have You Written Your Letter From Dad?
We did it! My co-author Nathan Koterba and I published a book! The book is called Formal Fridays: 60+ Strategies for Standing Out & Getting … [Read More...] about Announcing The Formal Fridays Book
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Have you ever had a great coach? The kind that inspired you, and taught you to be the best competitor you could be? The kind that maybe also … [Read More...] about Have You Ever Had A Great Coach?
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As a parent, I sometimes lose control and yell at my kids (shocking, I know!). I’m not proud of it. In fact, I get a bit ashamed of it, especially … [Read More...] about The “No Yelling Rule”
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For our ten-year anniversary, my wife signed us up for a marathon. A chance to run together, to train together, maybe even suffer a bit together. And … [Read More...] about Training For A Marathon With 4 Kids Under 10
Take a moment to imagine your kitchen before having kids. It was probably spotless. Crystal clean. Glowing, even. You could probably see your own … [Read More...] about Is Your Kitchen This Clean?
I think we can safely file this one under #controversial. An alternative title might be: "In Defense of (Occasional) Distracted Parenting." Kindly … [Read More...] about I Wear AirPods While Watching My Kids: Hear Me Out
Lately, I’ve been thinking about The Arc of a Career, the different phases of work over our lives and how we can focus on what’s most important in … [Read More...] about The Arc Of Your Career
When was the last time you sent a handwritten letter to your child? Last week? Last year? Ever? There's something powerful about handwritten … [Read More...] about Sending Sweet Letters To Your Kids
Also known as: "N-1 Kids Was Easy, But N Kids Is Hard!" My wife and I have 4 children. And you have no idea how many times I’ve said something … [Read More...] about The First Fundamental Theorem of Family Size
We all know about asset protection. Protect against risk, protect against the downside, protect against the unknown. But are you really protecting … [Read More...] about Protecting Your Most Valuable Asset