If boys are to become men – real men, not the caricature of manhood that dominated the advertising world of my childhood, or the new more subtle caricatures found in modern advertising and music – they need to learn to be articulate about their emotional lives. Daniel Goleman calls it “emotional intelligence.” I’m tempted to […]
Posting on Facebook about the day’s plans for Day 2 of the Maine Trip of 2011, Maddie wrote “Making men one memory at a time,” and that phrase struck a chord with me. Since its inception five years ago, the purpose of the trip has definitely been to create memories. What I hadn’t really considered […]
Disconnect me from my world, and not only do I become unhappy, or sick, or less than myself – instead, quite literally, my “I” disappears. I do not even exist without you. My connections to Maddie, to my boys, to my friends, to you as you read this post, create me.
Father’s Day. A day to reflect again on the great privilege of being a dad, to reflect on what my own dad meant to me, and to receive with enormous gratitude the love my children put into their tokens of appreciation, little though I may deserve them. This year, it comes at the beginning of […]
Together on Tuesday posts are about relationships, and today begins an irregular series on parenting, especially on fathering. This will take more than one post, and I intend to explore being a dad both intellectually and personally. At the outset I’ll say that I’d like to add value to a discussion that seems alternately superficial […]