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They’re Gonna Getcha, Getcha, Getcha, Getcha

  I have never vaped. I did smoke. When I was 14, I started having a cigarette here and there, usually when friends and I would head down to the teen dance clubs in Portland, Oregon. The harsh flavors of a Camel or Marlboro didn’t really do it for me when I started. Fortunately, for […]

The Problem with Playtime Isn’t Video Games; It’s Structured Play

A granola company wants you to make sure our families are not the last generation to get out and enjoy nature.  This is the insight of the latest campaign from Nature Valley called #RedescoverNature.  It begins with grandparents sharing what they did as kids including fishing, berry picking and other outdoor activities.  We then hear from […]

Star Wars and Battling the Dark Side of Our Teeth #BrushBattle

Our household is pretty good about brushing our teeth.  Every morning and every night before bed the boys have to get ready, that includes brushing.  My wife and I used to do all the brushing for them, but as they got older we have turned the reigns of responsibility over to them.  Of course, this now means […]

A Gen-X Parent’s Guide to Music for Your Kids

  A musical education is an important part of parenting.  My father, knowingly or not, passed along some key moments in my musical life that exposed me to Cheap Trick, Fleetwood Mac, and The Rolling Stones.  Every time I hear “Go Your Own Way” I’m transported back to sitting in my parent’s family room recalling […]

Ivory Tower Documentary and Reflecting on My College Education

  This afternoon I attended my first ever Traverse City Film Festival movie.  It was a film called “Ivory Tower” from the same director Andrew Rossi, who did one of my favorite documentary films “Page One: Inside the New York Times.”   It was an interesting expose on what is happening in higher education.  Big […]

Adding Some Activity to Time Outs

So our latest parental attempt at trying to reduce the battle royal that is brotherhood is to do the Bart Simpson Chalkboard thing.  Write the behavior you will no longer do multiple times. With no chalkboard in our home, a scrap piece of paper works good enough. It remains to be scene if this is effective; […]

Trying New Food and Instant Feedback

There is pretty simple voting system when it comes to trying new food in our house.  Our identical twin boys Oscar and Theo do their best Siskel & Ebert impressions. Instead of a dull thumbs up or thumbs down they add their own twist.  Basically there are three votes: Yummy: Thumbs up. Yucky: Thumbs down. […]