Let’s Face It. It’s About Ego

Over the past several days, my Twitter timeline has been filled with dad bloggers who are rallying behind a cause. They've been using phrases like "words matter," " be inclusive" and "equal rights." The sheer number of tweets, retweets and posts created have caused news outlets like CNN, FOX News and The Today Show to... Continue Reading →


The Sound of Silence

Like most of the midwest, we were hit by a severe winter storm this week.  According to the National Weather Service, our total snowfall was 13.5" with winds reaching 44 mph.  My relatives in Michigan call us wimps.  That amount of snow is nothing.  I have to agree with them.  The people around here are... Continue Reading →

Holiday Pumpkin Pies

One of the things that Yakko and Wakko's school PTO does is provide holiday pies to all of the teachers and staff at the school.  Parents are asked to bring in a pie or a donation for store-bought pies.  I happen to enjoy making pumpkin pies.  Ever since I was a kid it was my... Continue Reading →

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Most of our family vacations have been centered around family and friends.  We either visit the grandparents, attend weddings or find some other way to burn our vacation days.  We decided it was time to experience a true summer vacation.  This summer we packed up the family, took our kids on their first ride on... Continue Reading →

The Wonder Years

Have you ever gone to YouTube, watched a video and then found out you were IN the video?  That's actually me at the :32 spot saying "are you guys ready?" as I opened the door to the event.  I completely forgot that I was ever on TV.  I definitely remember the event.  Boy did Barney... Continue Reading →

How to Lose a Volunteer in 10 Days

Having worked in the non-profit sector for more than 5 years, I understand what a vital role volunteers play and I have seen first-hand the impact of both positive and negative volunteer experiences. Yakko's elementary school has provided the perfect case study on how to make sure your volunteers never return.  This has been my... Continue Reading →

Stop School Fundraising Now!

If the title of this entry wasn't a big enough clue, I'm not a big fan of the traditional school fundraiser.  I am uncomfortable with my children going door-to-door selling items.  It is a different world than from when I was a child and I don’t want to expose them to unnecessary risk.  So what... Continue Reading →

Elementary School Film Festival

In an earlier post, I outlined some of the different events that Parent Teacher Organizations can hold to enhance student learning and raise funds.  One of those events was a film festival.  Yakko's school recently hosted theirs with some good results.  The people who attended were very enthusiastic and the kids enjoyed seeing their friends... Continue Reading →

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