On Dad’s Watch

On Dad's Watch
LG

LG

So, I’m sitting in our high school football stadium for the Friday night home game against our cross-town rivals. The score is tied at 10 as the second half is getting ready to start. Our son is cruising around the venue, hanging with various clusters of high schoolers. I didn’t think he had that many…

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Parenting Tips

Parenting Tips

At times there’s irony associated with parenting a child with Tourette’s. In certain situations a realization emerges that either the basics don’t apply or there needs to be modifications to fundamental parental axioms. Of course every parent has child-rearing agility with some possessing a few side steps while others are Olympic gymnasts. I’ve become the…

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The Video Maker

The Video Maker

As part of our daughter’s health class this summer, she was required to make a video. So we sought out investors, scouted a prime location in Costa Rica and hired a few out of work actors who auditioned well for disease symptom method acting. My how school has changed. What happened to the days when…

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The House Burrito

The House Burrito

This Friday our kids campaigned hard for dinner at “El Burrito Jr.,” a local Mexican food stand favorite. “Why don’t you order in Spanish?” I challenged our son. “Dos burritos de frijoles y queso por favor.”

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Los Frutos

Los Frutos

“What’s that?” Our son was pasting pictures and writing captions on a cardboard box and our daughter was curious. “It’s my Spanish project. I’m showing the produce section of a “Super Mercado,” which means “Super Market” for those of you who don’t speak Los Angeles, uh, Spanish. “Why is it ‘Las Naranjas’ and ‘Los Platanos’.”…

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Doggie DNA

Doggie DNA

Ever since we got our new pup, his pedigree has been under suspicion. During our original search for our furry widdle guy, we came across a website specializing in Bichon rescues. “Oh, I LOVE BICHONS!” said my wife. “They’ve got those poofy heads and they’re sooooo KYYYOOOOOOOOOOT! Let’s get one!”

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The Daily Dad Reminder

The Daily Dad Reminder

“If you don’t do your chores, you won’t be allowed to wear pants for a week!” Things weren’t quite that hard core when I was growing up, however our parents made it clear we had responsibilities and transgressions weren’t tolerated.

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A Noble Cause

A Noble Cause

I was flattered not long ago when our daughter said, “Dad, today my gym teacher asked if I was embarrassed that my Dad wrote stories about me.” I surmised her teacher picked up a copy of “What’s Up For Kids.” Notice how I demonstrated not a smidgen of concern that perhaps I was causing her…

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“Where’s Mom!”

“Where’s Mom!”

So as we enter the second decade of “On Dad’s Watch,” one thing is perfectly clear. Things just don’t work without Mom around, as was evident by her absence this week while on a business trip. Cases in point, by Thursday, the laundry pile was bigger than what you see in front of a Salvation…

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Milestones

Milestones

This weekend, we’re reaching a major family milestone. Our daughter is on a 3-day retreat with a local youth group. That ought to free up a few megabytes per second of bandwidth on our cable modem for a few days. Times certainly have changed haven’t they? In days gone bye, the bathroom was typically the…

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