Striving to be a Perfect Father

On Father’s Day, millions of men around the world receive gifts from their children, all manner of gifts: pens, ties, shirts, tickets and tools. Some of these gifts, such as T-shirts and mugs, display tributes such as “World’s Greatest Dad,” “Super Dad,” and “Dad of the Year.” I was very proud, a few years ago, […]

Help! We’ve Got Teenagers in the House!

About a decade ago, when my three children were all under 5, taking care of them seemed to be a constant challenge. We had to change diapers, survive countless tantrums, and struggle at the dining table to get them to eat anything healthful. When we complained to other parents, they expressed their sympathy with these […]

Do you know where your children are?

During the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, TV viewers in America regularly heard this public service announcement: “It’s 10 p.m. Do you know where your children are?” It was a very effective announcement, causing millions of people to frantically search for their children, looking in as many places as they could during the commercial breaks. Some […]

Think twice before naming your baby

If you’re having a baby and thinking of potential names, please don’t be too creative. Your baby will have to live with that name for a very long time, at least until he or she is old enough to change the name officially. So please stay away from a name like “Pomegranate.” If you want […]

The Challenge of Being a Stay-at-Home Dad

For the last nine years or so, I’ve been a stay-at-home dad, but I prefer to call myself a write-at-home dad. That’s because I spend a lot of time writing. I mostly write emails to my wife with questions such as: “Why isn’t the baby drinking from the bottle? Doesn’t she like Coke?” and “Is […]

Tripping out with the kids

If you’re planning to drive across the country with children aged 10 or younger, let me give you some advice: go and see a psychiatrist immediately. You need help! With a little therapy or medication, you may be able to control this urge to inflict pain on yourself. I wish I had seen a psychiatrist […]

MySpace removes 90,000 sex offenders? MyWord!

Sometimes you read some news that just makes you shake your head. About 90,000 sex offenders have been identified and removed from the social networking Web site MySpace, company and law enforcement officials said Tuesday. The number was nearly double what MySpace officials originally estimated last year, said North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, who […]

Column: A vacation you’re guaranteed to enjoy

Dear Parents, Please forgive this intrusion on your time. I know how busy and challenging life can be when you have children. Kids are such a joy! I have three little ones myself and let me tell you, when I’m at work, I’m constantly looking at my watch, counting how many hours are left before […]

A school full of smiley-faced children

If you’re a good parent, you probably try hard to protect your children from strangers who might harm them.You monitor your children’s activities on the Internet and you don’t let them post pictures of themselves on public websites, especially pictures that might draw attention from the wrong people. You expect schools to exercise the same […]

I survived my daughter’s birthday party!

My daughter Divya just turned 4 and we celebrated her birthday on Sunday with a party at home for a dozen of her friends. A few of their parents were over too, so we had quite a full house. The kids had a good time, and everything went fairly well, so I really shouldn’t have […]