Dear Lesser Parent, I see you at the park, distracted by your iPhone, yelling at your kids, not caring whether your kid is laughing or crying or feeling emotionally abandoned by your lesser parenting. I wanted to send this gentle observation: you’re doing it all wrong. I wish … [Read more...] about Letter From A Better Parent
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 happiness and family, and also a time for reflection. Amidst all the gift giving and holiday cheer, I hope you'll consider writing a … [Read more...] about Have You Written Your Letter From Dad?
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 warn him, and no response. You threaten to take away his favorite toy, and no response. You put him in a time out, and he's at it … [Read more...] about When Do Punishments Become Too Extreme?
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 when other parents hear me (like my wife). In the moment, the yelling always feels justified. But if I take a step back, repeated … [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 sports town. My wife and I joke that it took him just 3 months in Boston schools to convert from a laid-back tie-dyed California … [Read more...] about Why I Always Root For My Son’s Favorite Sports Team