Year: 2017

Nearly a Year
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Nearly a Year

It’s been nearly a year since I posted something on this site. I’ve been focused on our parenting website, WiseFathers.com, but I am inspired to start writing about politics again. Many other parenting sites discuss politics and the owners say it’s part and parcel of parenting because political decisions affect our kids. I completely agree […]

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134 Kids and Teen Book Recommendations from State Libraries
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134 Kids and Teen Book Recommendations from State Libraries

The Library of Congress has an annual book festival where, among other things, all 50 states and the US territories are invited to have a table and promote their state literacy programs. Every state has their own “center for the book” that selects notable books about the state and/or by state authors, although not all are […]

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Tips for Talking to Your Teen
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Young Adults

Tips for Talking to Your Teen

Little kids want nothing more than to talk to mommy and daddy – sometimes a bit too much! But teens? We all know that changes in the teen years. You still see your baby even as they start driving, graduate, move out, and start their own life. Finding a balance between the baby you see […]

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33 Questions To Ask Your Dad
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My Dad
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Then and Now

33 Questions to Ask Your Dad

Two weeks ago, my dad was healthy. Old (in his 80s, he won’t argue that point), but healthy. Within 24 hours, he was hospitalized and although he is home now, they never figured out what went wrong and he’s still not well. It’s the sort of thing that really makes you realize all the questions you […]

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Camouflage, Cover, and Concealment: The Art of Staying Safe
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Camouflage, Cover, and Concealment: The Art of Staying Safe

This is from a book I am writing “26 Mental & Urban Life Skills” in my series “Survival Skills for All Ages.”  Given the events in Las Vegas last night, I decided to share this information on camouflage, cover, and concealment. I pray that you and yours never need it.  Escape and evasion is always […]

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10 Great Picture Books You Never Heard Of
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Little Kids
Preschool

10 GREAT Picture Books You’ve Never Heard Of

There are mountains, heaps, and masses of amazing picture books available today. No matter what your tyke is interested in or worried about, there is a picture book (or five) about it. Our personal collection of picture books included a larger-than-average number of books focused on art and artists. I am really at a loss to […]

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When Mental Illness Strikes Close to Home
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When Mental Illness Strikes Close to Home

When mental illness strikes close to home, it can be hard to know what to do. The first, and sometimes hardest, step is recognizing that it really is mental illness. When mental illness gets scary, it’s more than depression or anxiety. In the cases that impacted our family, it definitely involved delusions and paranoia. Thankfully, it […]

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Getting Started in Electric Trains
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Getting Started in Electric Trains

You can name everyone on the Island of Sodor. You know who is emerald green, and who causes confusion and delay. As much as your child loves Thomas and Friends, they are getting bigger and you think it’s time to try electric trains, but you don’t know where to start. Our experience is that it’s […]

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Then and Now: Used Bookstores
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Then and Now

Then and Now: Used Bookstores

When was the last time you went to a used bookstore? My parents took me to them all the time when I was a kid because they “couldn’t afford to buy all my books new.” Their words, not mine. At some point, probably when I moved to a big city and wasn’t reading as much, […]

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Why Barbie isn't a Terrible Role Model
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Little Kids

Why Barbie Isn’t a Terrible Role Model

Barbie gets a bad rap from grown-ups because that don’t understand what little girls instinctively know: Barbie is a 3D paper doll, full stop. And that’s the crux of why Barbie isn’t a terrible role model: She isn’t a role model at all.  I learned a lot from Barbie playing with Barbies, but none of […]

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