Be the Boss

A big stumbling block for fathers today is discipline. Some choose to avoid it altogether, while others struggle with what is appropriate. What do you do from day to day, moment to moment? One of the things I’ve noticed over the last twenty years is that...

Audio: Don't Yell over Spilled Milk

Having kids gives you multiple chances to be a real-life hero. But only if your children have learned that, in a crisis, they can trust in your unconditional love. For more, listen to this “audio article” from Jay Payleitner, adapted from his book, 52...

Should You Freak Out over Lost Tools?

I’m assuming you own a socket wrench set. If you don’t, get one soon. It is an absolute requirement for certain maintenance and construction projects. You can get a sweet set for less than fifty bucks. Anyway. Someday soon – if it hasn’t happened...

Dads and Childproofing

Hollywood celebrity Matthew McConaughey recently made the following comment about his 14-month-old son, Levi: “He’s getting bigger, more fun, smarter and craftier by the day.” Toddlers are great at keeping their dads very busy, and their growing craftiness...

Tools for Getting Through to Your Preschooler

Preschoolers amaze us. They are learning so much so quickly, trying to make sense of the world around them. Preschoolers’ conversations are fascinating as they try to piece information together: looking for the sugar bugs on their teeth after they eat candy; insisting...

Give Your Children a Head Start – You're the Key

In 2009, the National Head Start Association held its 36th Annual National Training Conference in Orlando. In line with the theme, “Beyond the Boundaries: New Approaches and New Strategies,” the conference highlighted various ways to improve the quality of...