In Defense of “Dad Pants”

In a new on-line marketing campaign for Dockers khaki pants, Sara Harbaugh, wife of San Francisco 49ers football coach Jim Harbaugh, intones in mock seriousness,

I’d like to talk with you about a serious condition affecting countless men in our country. I’m talking, of course, about “Dad Pants.” The pleated, shapeless tragedy that too many men find themselves in every day.

Let’s Make Father’s Day a Big Deal

Let’s make this Father’s Day a real celebration of fatherhood, one befitting dad’s more prominent parenting role in the family and honoring the contributions fathers make every day to the lives of their children.

Should I Let My Son Join a College Fraternity?

My teenage son has begun looking at colleges. Recently, while we were looking at admissions brochures over breakfast, he asked me how I’d feel if he joined a fraternity. His question transported me back to my university days, when I pledged a fraternity as a freshman and lived for two of my four undergraduate years […]

Parenting with Grace

I’ve long been intrigued by the concept of grace-based parenting. I’m not sure I have more than an intuitive sense of what it means, however, so I looked the phrase up on the internet. The definitions I found applied mostly to parenting grounded in religious beliefs. This helped my understanding, but I also wanted to […]

Why We Tell Stories

We were honored to learn that Sowmya Srinavasin, a professional storyteller living in Bangalore, India, performed our story, “The Kite Flyer of Beijing,” at the Chennai Storytelling Festival on Saturday, February 8.

The Kite Flyer of Beijing

My sons and I created this story after attending a spring kite festival where we live. The dogwood and cherry trees were in blossom, and a gentle breeze swirled their petals into the air as we flew our kites. We enjoy telling this story again and again, as it conjures images of an enchanted land where kite flying is revered as an expression of the human spirit. Download The Kite Flyer of Beijing

The Raven Who Talked Too Much

On a beautiful summer’s day, a group of people gathered for a picnic. They spread out their tablecloth on the cool green grass and opened up their picnic basket full of delicious food. They were all very hungry and couldn’t wait to eat. But the picnickers weren’t the only ones in the neighborhood who were […]