What’s On Your Mind at #DadChat

What's on your mind

It’s a New Year. What’s on YOUR mind? What are your hopes, wishes, fears? What do you want for yourself, for your family, for the world? I just returned from a wonderful but sobering trip to Africa and India and I’ve been reflecting a lot about the world, my place in it, and my hopes and dreams for my boys. Let’s have an open dialogue about this and whatever is on YOUR mind Thursday, January 23 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. PT/9:00 – 10:00 p.m. ET.

Confronting Fear with @PeterShankman at #DadChat

Peter Shankman sky-diving confront fearNo, that is NOT me in the above photo. I’m not THAT crazy! But, Peter Shankman evidently is. He is co-hosting #DadChat this Thursday, September 26 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. PT/9:00 – 10:00 p.m. ET. When we discussed what topic he’d like to do at #DadChat he said the following, “…the concept of people giving up what they love when they have a child if what they love happens to be dangerous. Skydiving makes me a better person, and why wouldn’t I want to be the best person I can be to my child? Let alone teaching my child to understand and embrace fear, to learn from it. But ask some people, and I’m the worst dad in the world because I still jump from planes after spawning a young’in. How we Confront Fear is our topic because Peter has more or less expressed that sky-diving is easy in comparison to raising kids!

Who doesn’t feel afraid about being a parent, about blowing it, saying or doing something that will damage them forever!? We’ll confront these fears with Peter, ask questions, share thoughts and stories, and otherwise become the better for it!

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Morning After Pill Ruling BS

I was asked by HuffPostLive to make a video comment for a segment they were preparing about the Morning After PIll and an activist judge’s ruling. This is what I said. I believe EVERY word in this short rant. I believe it’s ABSURD that a judge can legislate. I believe that a child THAT YOUNG should NOT have access to any sort of prescription meds. Kids need to be 16 to drive, 18 to smoke or enlist, and 21 to drink, but it’s OKAY that they can get birth control – after the fact , the morning after pill- at ANY AGE? C’mon, even you lefties have to see the craziness of this? Are we becoming like a totalitarian regime where The State parents OUR kids? This is yet another case of Political Correctness gone MAD!

Note: The “BS” in the title is simply my initials…

Radio Show: The Empty Nest and a Flex

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Featured guests:

Wayne Levine (BetterMenCoaching.com) for “The Men’s Room.”

Pastor Drew Sams (DrewSams.com) for “Teen Rap.”

Special Guests from Ford, Daniel Corsetti and Aaron Miller.

This show is loosely based on this week’s “A Dad’s Point-of-View” column, The Empty-Nest Cross-Country Road-Trip to College with Ford. We had the car and got rid of my empty nest blues!

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My Empty-Nest Cross-Country Road-Trip to College with Ford

I woke my son up to show him the just-arrived 2013 Ford Flex we got for our trip!

I’m about to embark on a road trip. Not just any road trip but one with my first-born son across America from Los Angeles to Boston to begin college. Not just any road trip, but also a huge journey from childhood to adulthood for him, and from a clingy loving dad to empty nester for me. Yes, I will have my other son at home, but the first one to leave is big. Our home will not be the same and our family dynamics will not be the same. Ford has generously loaned us a fully loaded brand-new 2013 Ford Flex for the drive. We are going in style!

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Graduating Into Life

Waiting for his name to be called…to the podium…to receive his diploma!

My son graduated from high school this year. In the fall, he’s going to college. For some reason, I did not grasp the significance of his high school graduation during the event itself. Maybe it was the intense crowds and poor organization of it all? Maybe it was the struggles we endured during his early years in high school. Maybe I don’t know what it was?

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Anna from Barcelona – I’m NOT That Dad #15

Anna from Barcelona – I’m NOT That Dad #15