Tag Archives: Celeste

Long-lost friendship tints fatherly talk about drugs and alcohol

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If I’ve learned one thing in my nearly dozen years as a father, it’s that the best conversations I have with my children are spontaneous. This is especially true for touchy subjects, whether it’s personal safety or drugs and alcohol. I … Continue reading

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Today’s lesson: Walking away from your frustration

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Given that it’s still January, I should probably tell you how I’m doing with all the new year’s resolutions I made for 2013. Of course, that would be a short post. I don’t even see how it could be a … Continue reading

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A musical battle breaks out on the car radio

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The radio wars have begun. I thought I could ward them off until Celeste was at least 12, but I did not take into account the power of Radio Disney and the ally it would have in satellite radio. They’ve … Continue reading

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A Thanksgiving feast highlights an evolving contradiction

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I can still feel the steam hug my face as it rises from the marshmallow-covered heap of sweet potatoes and cranberry-laden pile of turkey that serve as staples of many American homes on Thanksgiving Day. I’m not complaining, mind you. … Continue reading

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Kids can handle bad news … if their parents can

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Children learn to respond to the world around them largely from their parents. If they consistently see Dad scream at drivers who cut him off in traffic, they too will yell at children who butt in front of them on … Continue reading

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A father’s lesson in allowance

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I love hearing the perspectives of other parents and how they teach their children life lessons. Take money as an example. A couple of years ago we decided to start teaching our then 9-year-old daughter Celeste about money. She wanted … Continue reading

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Teaching children the value of money

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Celeste has a wonderful innocence about money. She knows what it is, of course, and that her mother and I work to earn it, but she has not fully developed the concept of the value of a dollar. She’s beginning … Continue reading

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A stray cat crosses our path

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I always try to be a better person when my children are near. Not that I’m a bad guy when I’m alone, but it’s easier to jaywalk when my kids aren’t around. Perhaps that’s why we went out of our … Continue reading

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Dibs is serious business these days

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Dibs has turned into serious business since I was a kid. I remember well calling dibs on the front seat of the car, or at worst the window seat in the back, so I wouldn’t have bend my knees up … Continue reading

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What the $%*! did she say?

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I’m not one to cuss. It’s not because I’m a prude or feel disdain toward people who swear like a frat boy downing shots at his first kegger. And I don’t blush when I hear others cuss or chuckle like … Continue reading

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