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 Promoted, and is now available on Amazon. See below … [Read More...] about Announcing The Formal Fridays Book
Here's the situation: Your child isn't listening. He's disobeying, he's hitting his sister, he's screaming and acting like a little monster. You … [Read More...] about When Do Punishments Become Too Extreme?
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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”
Like many kids his age, my son takes his sports very seriously, always putting 100% enthusiasm behind his favorite teams. And Boston is a serious … [Read More...] about Why I Always Root For My Son’s Favorite Sports Team
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
"Sleep is for the weak, don't you agree?" I used to write this snippet at the bottom of my work emails whenever I worked past midnight. Bonus … [Read More...] about I Thought Sleep Was For The Weak, But I Was Wrong
Where to invest these days? It’s a tough question. The stock market seems overvalued, housing prices have increased substantially over the last few … [Read More...] about Investment Outlook: Stay Long and Strong in Real Estate
My most important life lesson from graduate school was in time series econometrics. Wait -- what?? Yes, you read that right, folks. Here's what I … [Read More...] about Your Life As A Random Process
As a father, I feel a deep responsibility to provide for my family. My wife and I have four kids, and they depend on me. I can’t just decide to lay … [Read More...] about Hunting the Elk
A few months ago, we had a tough few weeks with our nanny care. It started with a few sick days, a few last-minute cancellations. Nothing that … [Read More...] about Help Wanted for a Third Parent (Nanny Diaries)
When you drop your kids off at school, what do you say to them as they leave the car? Think about this: your words at drop-off are your last nuggets … [Read More...] about What Is Your Drop-Off Mantra?
Have you ever taught a lesson to your child's class at school? It's a fun experience. Surely you have something interesting to say. After all, … [Read More...] about How To Teach A Lesson To Your Child’s Class
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An old fishing parable goes like this (retelling the story here from memory): A businessman goes to visit a local fisherman in a vacation … [Read More...] about Living the Life of Your Dreams
Today is a Golden Day. A day where formal work commitments are low, where the kids are being watched, where I can go out on my own. To read, to … [Read More...] about A Golden Day
As an economist, I'm always thinking about trade-offs. Do I consume good X, or good Y? Do I invest in option A, or option B? Do I devote time and … [Read More...] about Trading Off Your Kids’ Well-Being
It sounds cliche, but I think I had a mid-life crisis this year. I turned 35 late last year and began to dwell on this basic fact: I might be halfway … [Read More...] about My Mid-Life Crisis
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In our house, we teach three basic responsibilities that we, as parents, have to our kids: Love you Support you Teach you Ultimately, … [Read More...] about Love You, Support You, Teach You
Here I am, sitting in the DC airport, just 5 minutes from when the kids' winter piano recital is supposed to begin. I've been traveling Monday to … [Read More...] about Missing the Kids’ Concert
I'm up late, bleary-eyed, wondering if I'll ever get to bed. "Up late" has a new timeframe for me, lately, since I've been going bed with my kids at … [Read More...] about Is It Worth It?
I had a moment last weekend where time faded away, where I was completely lost in the moment. My son and I were running together through the woods, … [Read More...] about Lost in the Moment
What do we strive for in our lives? Instead of happiness or success, how about Thriving? Thriving describes the best aspects of human flourishing. … [Read More...] about Strive to Thrive