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 […]

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 […]

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 […]