Parenting a Sick Child Has Made Me a Chronic Worrier

parenting a sick child

I'm a worrier. I don't worry about everything. Just my kids. My wife tells me she never has to worry about our children as I do enough of that for both of us. In an age of free range parenting, I'm the creaky old helicopter who hovers over my kids fretting about their safety and health. While this may sound old-fashioned, I prefer to think of it as just plain cautious. I understand the benefits of a skinned knee, as the title of a well-known parenting book proclaims, but I've also had more than my fair share of visits to the emergency room. If I'm Continue Reading

A Silent Night

I love keeping the traditions of Christmas in my family. Every Christmas Eve since my children were little, I’ve read to them Clement Clark Moore’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. My own parents read that story to me every Christmas Eve when I was a child, and it has become a family favorite. This Christmas […]

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Dad, Why Is that Man Wearing a Red Flower?

My son and I were watching an English Premier League soccer match on TV last Saturday morning when he asked, “Dad, why are the coaches and players wearing red flowers on their clothes?” I looked closer and saw that the coaches and players were indeed sporting red poppy pins. I fondly recalled that when I […]

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Bridging the Generational Divide between a Football Father and a Soccer Son

Nowhere is the generation gap between my 16-year-old son Will and me wider than when it comes to football. Football, for me, is that most American of sports, pitting helmeted warriors colliding with one another across the line of scrimmage. Football for Will is of the global variety, the “beautiful sport” consisting of touch passes […]

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How a Rock Musician Inspired One Family Dealing With Lyme Disease

This spring I took my 15-year-old son to hear the band Typhoon and its lead singer, composer and guitarist, Kyle Morton. Typhoon is an indie rock band from Oregon whose 11 musicians combine inspirational lyrics with resonant melodies, weaving together guitars, violins, drums, horns, xylophones and a kitchen sink of other instruments into a big […]

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