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Field of Bad Dreams

April 9, 2018 “No one can convince me it’s a soft ball,” my daughter Marie complained one day last spring. She was 9. “It’s not soft. It’s just bigger and it makes a bigger bruise. They ought to call it ‘big ball. more »»

What's In a Name? Everything

March 6, 2018 When some parents name a baby, they don’t think much about their choice beyond how it’ll look on the birth announcements or how their in-laws will react to it. more »»

Snow Time Like the Present

December 6, 2017 I need about $700,000. That’d cover state college for my kids, a new roof for our house and something for retirement. My daughter Sally, age 8, needs $7. more »»

You Better Watch Out

November 30, 2017 Sally, our usually sunny 6-year-old, took a look at the pile of gifts under the tree and said gloomily, “I guess there’s nothing there for me. more »»

Instrument of Torture

September 18, 2017 The instrumental-music teacher cast her net into the fourth grade and pulled me into her boat, wriggling weakly. My dad asked, “Well, which instrument would you like to play?” “YOU know,” I sai. more »»

Whose Homework Is It Anyway?

July 26, 2017 A new school year is around the corner, and millions of parents are eager to get started on their kids’ homewor. more »»

A Sleepy Celebration

May 22, 2017 The problem with Father’s Day is that it’s hard to maintain everyone’s enthusiasm for a whole day of celebrating fatherhood. more »»

little kids, BIG PLANS

March 23, 2017 “I’m going to be a cat when I get big.” For my 3-year-old daughter, Wendy, the question “What are you going to be when you grow up?” is completely open-ended. more »»

Reboot, Recharge, Refresh

January 24, 2017 Imagine three consecutive nights of uninterrupted slumber. I experienced it not too long ago. more »»

A Season for Believers

December 15, 2016 “Does Santa really ‘know if you are sleeping’?”asked my middle daughter Sally, then 5, in last year’s run-up to Christmas. We were driving somewhere, just the two of us. “I don’t know,” I said. more »»

Determining the 'Right' Number of Children

November 14, 2016 A friend of mine, whose wife was expecting their third child, was trying to imagine what it would be like handling three kids. more »»

A Costume Says a Lot About a Kid ... And His Mother

October 11, 2016 Although she hasn’t decided on this year’s costume yet, my 5-year-old daughter Marie began bouncing around ideas while she was still wearing last year’s getup. more »»

Marching Into Kindergarten

September 13, 2016 Three Septembers ago, when we sent our firstborn into kindergarten, we were the Wright Brothers launching something delicate and experimental. more »»

Leading the Lost

June 7, 2016 “A feather!” said 4-year-old Sally, picking it up off the trail. We had been visiting friends when a minor crisis at their house had sent us to go kill some time at the town’s nature cente. more »»

Unlikely Defender of Civilizaation

April 18, 2016 “Marie, time to get dressed for ballet,” I hollered out the back door to my 9-year-old daughter. more »»

Swirling Sea of Toys

December 14, 2015 There is a fun game that my daughters and I used to play that deserves special mention as we enter the thick of the Christmas shopping season. more »»

Thanks, Anyway

November 10, 2015 Thanksgiving is not a big day on the kid calendar, but it is situated auspiciously. more »»

Born to Talk

October 6, 2015 I left our 1-year-old next-door for a few minutes, and when I got back, Baby Wendy was speaking her first word: “Kgaa!” She was pointing at the neighbors’ cat and shouting: “Kgaa! Kgaa!” as plain a... more »»

Dad's Freshman Anxiety

July 14, 2015 A year ago, God’s College Plan had been working well. He made teenagers hard to live with in order to ease their parents’ sadness at impending separation. more »»

Getting Physical With Mom

May 7, 2015 What would my wife Betsy like for Mother’s Day? A photo of a little face in a homemade frame? Or maybe a tiny handprint in terra cotta? No, I’m afraid we’re past that. more »»



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