Author Archives: Jeff Allanach

Farewell, ol’ friend

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I learned on Friday that an old friend is about to die. She’s been sick for a long time, so her death comes as no surprise, but that doesn’t lift the veil of sadness when I think of her imminent … Continue reading

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A Little League team cheated? I’m not surprised.

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I wish I was surprised by the news that Little League® International stripped a Chicago-area youth baseball team of its 2014 World Series title after determining that the team included players who lived outside its boundaries. But I can’t even … Continue reading

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Some guys yell at football, I yell during ‘Switched at Birth’

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Like most American men, I’ve been known to yell at the TV. Some men scream at the quarterback for throwing an interception with two minutes left in the fourth while others passionately correct the cable-news talking heads with whom they … Continue reading

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A father’s lessons from Bethany Beach

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I tried not to learn anything during our week in Bethany Beach, Del. I tried to simply enjoy my time in the sun, relax, and enjoy some family time with Karen and the kids before the start of school today. … Continue reading

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‘Dads Behaving Dadly’ dispels fatherhood myths

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I don’t have to look far to find examples of, or read stories about, the absent or bumbling father.  Whether it’s in my social media feeds, the TV commercials that interrupt my favorite shows, or the pages of my local … Continue reading

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This Father’s Day, pinky swear to be there

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“Field of Dreams” has to be one of my favorite movies of all time. It manages to combine seemingly disparate themes (baseball, faith, redemption, persistence) in a great narrative that speaks to me on many levels. I hadn’t thought of … Continue reading

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Losing the race, but still having fun

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One of the tougher challenges I face as a father is knowing when my children learn the lessons I teach or simply recite what I say so they can tell me what they think I want to hear. Take sportsmanship … Continue reading

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What I learned chaperoning a middle school field trip

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We all need to challenge ourselves. Some people learn a new language while others run a marathon. Some might learn to cook healthier while others set out to build their own deck or finish the basement on their own. The … Continue reading

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The time has come to rethink sleepovers

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Post by Adventures in Fatherhood by Jeff Allanach. What kid doesn’t love a sleepover? Whether it’s a slumber party to celebrate a birthday, the whim of best buddies who already spent a full day together at the pool, or even a … Continue reading

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‘Dads Behaving Dadly’ tells the stories of modern fatherhood

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We men have some work to do in terms of learning to respect the choices other fathers make, particularly when it comes to paternity leave. This subject broke through the din of radio sports talk shows last week when the … Continue reading

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