Category Archives: Parent Advice

Healthy and Free


My son learns a lot, listening to our car radio.  You never know what question will arise amidst listening to a song, hearing a commercial, or catching up on the latest news.  On Thursday, my son, Max asked me to explain Obamacare to him.  I proceeded to explain the problem that socialized medicine was trying […]

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Mission Accomplished!

As a child, I remember starting a lot of things that I never finished.  In fact, I admit to this even happening as an adult.  As a child, I set out to write a novel, and 12 pages into it, the book idea would be shelfed (pun intended).  I did this many times.  I also […]

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Apple a Day

Like all parents, I think almost constantly about nutrition.  Gone are the days of my single youth when I just “grabbed something to eat” without much thought, other than its financial cost.  Instead, you’ll find me reading labels on groceries, seeking out food marketing terms like “organic,” “dye and perfume-free,” “whole grain,” and more.  I’m […]

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Power Struggles

Max and Holly Relishing in Freedom Outdoors at the mouth of the Russian River, Jenner, CA

I have two kids, and their personalities are quite different.  My son, Max, is a bit shy, can be quite introspective, and often aims to please.  He is much like I was, when I was younger.  My daughter, Holly, is bold and outspoken, volunteers to snuggle anyone including strangers, loudly shares with you five times […]

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Camping with Kids – Why It’s Worth It


This weekend, as Debbie’s family is out enjoying Stroller Hikes’ big annual camping trip, I’m reflecting on my family’s recent camping adventure.  For the past decade a group of family and close friends have trekked up North each summer into giant redwood territory near Eureka to camp for a few days along the Eel River.  When it […]

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