Entries by Common Sense Dad


I’ve been traveling on business a lot lately, which means I’ve been spending a lot of time finding my way through airports and figuring out menus in restaurants.  Every airport situation is different – but traveling through them involves a very specific and common set of solutions – find your flight, determine your gate, go […]

There’s No Vaccination for Stupidity

My mother had a poster by her favorite chair.  It read, “There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.” – Goethe It appears that, despite proven facts (as opposed to other facts), Jenny McCarthy continues to believe that vaccinations are bad for our children… I wonder how she feels about Polio? http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/17/opinion/perry-jenny-mccarthy-autism/index.html?hpt=hp_t4


Your un-armed child is walking down the street in your sister’s gated community.  A neighborhood vigilante decides that your child is “up to no good”.  The vigilante decides, against the advice of law enforcement (who are on their way) to confront your child.  Your child reacts to this approach and a physical engagement occurs in […]


We are days away from the release of my book, so I thought I’d share a little more… Everyone is capable of creating a wonderful family, and “Raising Children That Other People Like to be Around” is structured around five simple principles for which I have had the audacity to create the anagram “S.M.A.R.T.”  There are […]



Today, I am grateful that our eldest son is celebrating his 33rd birthday, so I thought I’d share this excerpt about gratitude. When JoAnn and I got married, a wise friend said that marriage is not 50/50 – it’s 90/90.  Essentially, he was telling us that we’d each often feel as though we were giving […]


Ever since my time in the closet ended my terror of the dark, I’ve used the same method to address other fears.  I’m what psychologists call a “counter-phobe.” When I was afraid of needles, I gave blood.  When I worried about not knowing anyone at a party, I forced myself to go. It worked! I’ve […]

Don’t worry, be proactive

Parents have a lot to worry about, yet our children expect us to be calm, confident leaders.  Our task is this: without ignoring our concerns, we need to create a safe harbor for the people who depend on us. When I was about six years old my mom summoned my sister and me to a […]


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