Lessons I Learned from Nana

My grandmother, my last remaining grandparent, passed away last week at the age of 92. We called her “Nana.” She wasn’t the kind of person who sat around dispensing nuggets of wisdom, but I learned a lot about life just from her example. Hey, if you can’t learn something from someone who’s cleared 92 years, you’re just not paying attention. Here More …

7th Anniversary

Today is my seventh wedding anniversary, and the only surprising thing to me is that my wife hasn’t yet figured out that she could do better. Shhh! Nobody tell her! Your grandparents weren’t lying, kids: it really does get better every year. Happy anniversary, Rachel. Here’s the preview video that we played at our wedding.

For Dads Only, a Serious Question: What Do You Call It?

My son just turned three, and I am proud to say that he has fully grasped the idea that going in the potty is way better than going in your pants. Yes, he’s a highly advanced child. Soon, we’ll expect him to be able to perform simple repairs on our air conditioner and represent me during my frequent appearances in traffic court. So More …

Place Your Bets: How Long Can We Be a One-Car Family?

The year was 2002. I was shopping for a car, but nothing was really grabbing me. Partly, that’s because I’m just really slow to make big-dollar purchases, and partly it’s because I come from a long line of people who are as good at buying cars as Cuba Gooding is at selecting post-“Jerry Maguire” movie roles. (“Hey! ‘Radio’ was good!” More …

My Completely Untested Rules for Parenting

Before I had kids, I was absolutely positive that I knew the right way to raise children. Now that I have a two-year-old son and a two-month old daughter… I still think I know the right way to raise children, mostly because I haven’t had them long enough to completely ruin them yet. Having kids is great, but it gets More …

How to Raise a Little Girl in the Modern World

Now that I have a daughter, I plan to do everything in my power to raise her to be just like this: And I will make a video like this, and I will play it on a loop for every boy who comes to pick her up. “Ok, you kids have fun. Oh, wait, have you seen the video yet? More …

A Going Concern

When we had our first child, my son Graham, I felt like we were stepping into a new world. There was so much territory completely unexplored, and we were full of eagerness and anticipation, and anxiety. Having my second child — a daughter, Campbell, who arrived last Tuesday —  is a different sensation entirely. I felt like we were hiring More …

Melancholia and Relativity: Some Father’s Day Thoughts

I came to fatherhood later in life than most. Way later. I’m sure my son is going to have to listen to more than his share of comments along the lines of “It’s so sweet that you’re out with your granddad!” throughout his childhood. I hope he’ll think it’s as funny as I will. People told me after Graham was More …

"Wait Til Your Father Gets Home! No, the Other One"

California legislature seeks to grant legal parenthood of a child to more than two people: The bill by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, would allow judges to recognize multiple parents in cases where children would be best served by several parental relationships. All parents would still have to meet existing standards for legal parenthood. Because if you liked custody battles More …