How I Handle Halloween

Let’s start with some indisputable facts. Halloween has some nasty roots. The Druids were the original demonic necromancers. Every October 31, on the eve of their new year, the Druids led the ancient Celtics in a rousing tribute to Samhain, the Lord of the Dead....

Youth Violence – What Fathers Can Do

The brutal murder of a 16-year-old boy in Chicago several weeks ago has brought youth violence to the headlines once again. Many leaders agree that this latest example is one more wake-up call for our nation to take action to combat some alarming trends, but in all of...

Lessons of a Big Brother and Mentor

A Dad’s Point-Of-View One of the clichés about volunteerism is that “you get more than you give.” In my case, it was true in ways and means I least expected. I’ve just become a Big Brother, again, to a 7-year-old boy and a mentor to a 23-year-old young...

3 Tips for Understanding Your Wife

Do you fully appreciate the benefits your children’s mother brings to their lives — and your life? It’s no revelation that women are different from men in many ways. Often, those differences can be sources of conflict, and those differences involve...

Mental Map Fatherhood

Do you ever feel lost as a father? Does it seem like your idea of what should be happening … isn’t? Maybe the path your child is taking or the level of success he is achieving doesn’t quite match up with your timeline? I struggle with this. My son is...