On Dad’s Watch

On Dad's Watch
Party Lessons

Party Lessons

On several occasions, I’ve written about our kids’ annual birthday party, an event, which Mikey starts planning the moment he says good-bye to the last friend at his current celebration. What can I say? The boy is a forward thinker. I’ve penned shtick around the financial outlay and the hassle of moving our living room…

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A Christmas Wish

A Christmas Wish

Dear Children, Tonight we enjoyed the events of Christmas Eve as we do each December. It’s now been several years since you ordered from the kid’s menu at Kincaid’s, opting nowadays for prime rib over chicken strips and fries. Your enthusiasm for the annual screening of Polar Express hasn’t waned, nor has the love for…

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Veal Parmigiana

Veal Parmigiana

It was nearly a year ago when I whined about our daughter crushing my culinary fantasy in a story succulently titled, “Chicken Parmigiana.” Recently, I feared this would be an annual event. As the noon hour approached, I was returning from an errand, which separated me from the Styrofoam container preserving the second half of…

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The Wiseacre

The Wiseacre

This silly tale dates back to last summer. It was late in the evening and I’d suggested to my daughter that we take a stroll along the beach. She’s one of those kids to whom you can say, “Do you want to…” “YES!!!!” Nuff said about how she responds to doing…whatever. I wasn’t planning on…

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The Short Sale

The Short Sale

Many of you know what a “short sale” is. In the world of real estate, it ranks right up there with “loan modification” as a vehicle to justify bad behavior. This week, however, there’s no interest in the housing market. Rather, another kind of selling short is in focus as our kids approach 15 and…

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The Third People

The Third People

There’s a parental pastime that I’ve enjoyed immensely and one that’s used less often as our kids march through the years. Handing out unreasonable punishments has been…no, come on now! What’s given me so much pleasure, and what I sorely miss is talking to our children in the 3rd person “Daddy’s home!” “Daddy’s gonna fix…

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Me and Chad

Me and Chad

Recently, I attended an intimate high school wind ensemble concert. We sat on stage listening to solos and duets. Our daughter and her BFF brought down the house in a superb flautist finale. A follow-up was stopping for frozen yogurt. She no longer messes her face with strawberry ice cream but it’s still a cool…

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A Dad’s Tale of Tails

A Dad’s Tale of Tails

Yes, I’m a “Tail-Man”…”Pony” that is. I LUV ’em! Pony tails are about attitude. I’ve developed a system of tails to compliment the moods of even the most capricious. Here’s what I described to our daughter, who’s a bonafide “Tailer”. The Low Tail – This tail says, “Why do I even have hair!” It begins…

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What Goes Around…

What Goes Around…

We’ve all heard the expression, “what goes around comes around.” Typically, it’s in the context of paying for past transgressions. It ranks right up there with “I told you so!” as one of the most abrasive, non-productive, in your face expressions the human race has ever contrived. Now and then, however, an alternative outcome presents…

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Data Night

Data Night

It’s been a number of years since we reclaimed a few recreational hours by allowing our kids to stay home alone while Lisa and I sprinted, uh casually walked, to a local bar/restaurant in Redondo Village. No longer did we have to find a babysitter in order to go out on a long awaited, oftimes…

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