Raising wimps?

I came across this excellent article tonight. Here’s the comment I posted: Great article, and spot-on. If you’re a dad of younger kids and “shake it off” isn’t something you say regularly, you’re part of the problem. When I lived in Minnesota, I was seriously freaked out by the many dads I came across at […]

How did kids ever survive before today’s enlightened parents?

Been reading up on how to build your own sandbox, since AJ wants one. Plenty of good ideas out there.  But along with them, it seems like half the online articles have something to say about the grave threats to children’s health from sandboxes.  Put it the shade, because sun will cause serious health problems.  […]

One screaming need for good dads…

…is to keep their teen daughters from going to prom dressed like hookers. An old college pal of mine just posted his daughter’s pre-prom pictures, of her and her friends.  Their attire was disgusting. I have neither teens nor daughters.  But I can emphatically state that if I did, one of mine would never leave […]

Beautiful scene

A couple weekends back in Brown County, Indiana — perfect camping weather!

Johnny Shizzle-Cakes, then and now

Hard to believe the fatty fat fat fat baby below turned into the skinny Cub Scout farther down.

Some pictures of the boys

We’ve had some fun and nice weather the past few weeks.  The boys posed for their cousin Nate outside the garage a couple weekends ago: The same weekend, we went out for a hike in a park down by the river where they’re tearing down the old train trestle.  The boys were brave enough to walk […]

The great outdoors

The family is fresh back from a long weekend of camping up near Mellen, Wisconsin. The boys threw rocks in the lake and burned a whole bunch of stuff. We all did some mondo hiking at Copper Falls State Park and some paddleboating and swimming at our home away from home, Wildwood Haven Resort and […]

Youthful wisdom

My younger son Bug has taken to telling people “You’re stupid!” when he gets angry lately.  He did it to me in the car the other day when he didn’t get his way about going into one of the places we stopped.  Since I was driving, I was restricted to making it very clear by my […]

The savage beatings my boys and I share — they’re good for them!

I loved this article.  Turns out little boys need to hammer on each other and their parents. Fortunately, The Reverend Doctor Vinoski Sweetness, Bug and I are way ahead of the game here.  “Meting out some punishment” and “savage beating” are regular phrases for us.  My boys think little of unleashing a storm of pummeling […]

I miss Miss ViVi

My wife is on an emergency visit to her family after her little brother was hit by the truck he was working on the other night.  This is the same brother who’s suffered not just one, but two brain tumors.  Goes by the nickname “Lucky.” Anyway, sometime early this morning my younger son Bug woke […]