Author Archives: Common Sense Dad

The Evolving Dad

We’re evolving – all of us – and so is our world, or should I say “our worlds” as each of us is surrounded by our own experience. As society has shifted away from the “good ‘ol days” (a “Madmen” … Continue reading

Posted in Personal Updates, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

How Sports Teach Us

This is a great time of year for sports. We’ve just seen a great French Open, Stanley Cup Final, and NBA Final. Whether you’re an athlete or not, sports offer real opportunities to teach values, focus, and tenacity.  As parents, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

3 Simple Solutions to 3 Common Parenting Challenges

There are very few things that I find “absolute” in parenting. What works for one family may not work for another… except for the three strategies I am about to share with you. These primarily concern multi-child households. They worked … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Power of Appreciation

I’ve lived long enough to see many of my divorced friends find new mates. It’s quite a relief actually – not because I think everybody needs to be a couple, but because their divorces have left scars that I’m happy … Continue reading

Posted in Relationships | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The High Cost of Bad Parenting

I believe that most parents are good parents.  It’s my observation that a majority of our citizens are well-behaved, respectful, and law-abiding.  But I also see a society that devotes an immense amount of energy and resources to deal with … Continue reading

Posted in Personal Updates | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Hugs I Regret Not Giving

I don’t typically regret much. I believe what’s past is past. As I get older, however, the passage of time allows me to look back and consider life’s lessons. Our children are now grown, for the most part. Our sons … Continue reading

Posted in Personal Updates | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

It’s All My Fault

When I went to college in the mid ‘70s, I made fun of people who sat in the front row of the class. I thought their eagerness to get good grades was a “kiss ass” thing and that real “free … Continue reading

Posted in Personal Updates | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

A Legacy Of Love

My Grandfather, Nathan, was an incredibly shy man.  In addition to being very short (5’4”), he was a quiet and kind immigrant who listened far more than he spoke. He came from Russia to pursue a better life, and made … Continue reading

Posted in Personal Updates | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Are You a Free Range Parent ?

I never thought I’d use a new-age term for happy chickens to address a parenting-related issue, but I suppose over-cautious parents are as oppressive to children as cages are to chickens. The organization known as Free Range Kids is “fighting … Continue reading

Posted in Personal Updates | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Kanye’s Silver Lining

Yep, we almost saw it again, Kanye West deciding that his musical opinion trumps all others – and that he is the true arbiter of all musical “art.”  Part of the good news is that we didn’t see it – … Continue reading

Posted in Personal Updates | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment