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Jack of Many Trades, Master of None…Completing a Triathlon

Several Steps to Prepare for an Awesome Triathlon   As we head into the final weekend of the summer, I reflect back on the last several months. One of my proudest moments was completing a Sprint Triathlon with my daughter Haley. While much of the summer was focused on the actual training preparation, there were […]

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Have You Been a Good Parent Lately?

Today, I came across the article,  9 Things We Should Get Rid of to Help Our Kids, and could really relate to what the author had to say. After reading the article, I started to wonder if I’ve been a very good parent as of late. Below are the “9 things” from the article with my experiences and thoughts […]

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Wanted: Child Care Provider

Requirements include, but aren’t limited to: Strong knowledge of the Lego the Hobbit Video Game Basketball and outdoor sports skills Willingness to wrestle is a plus. Why not consider a MANNY? Also known as a child care provider who happens to be a young male. With more families entrusting young children to the care of […]

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A Quintessential Rite of Passage…The Cost of Driving (Part II)

Last month our youngest son turned 16 and experienced that long awaited moment…he obtained his driver’s license! A euphoric experience for him, but frankly a somber reality for us as parents.  Last week I wrote about the steps required to obtain a driver’s license and the responsibilities that accompany the privilege to drive a vehicle.  […]

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A Quintessential Rite of Passage…Your Teenager’s Visit to the DMV (Part I)

My youngest, who recently received his Driver’s License, going for a cruise… Driver Education In Illinois, most people under age 18 learn to drive in high school or at a commercial driver training school licensed by the Secretary of State’s office. Commercial driver training schools in the Chicagoland area include Top Driver, Michael’s Driving School […]

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Your Kid is Only One Bad Choice Away

Last week, I had the opportunity to listen to Chris Herren, former NBA basketball player, speak at Glenbard High School’s Parent Speaker Night on substance abuse. One word – riveting.  As a father of teenagers, this presentation was especially timely. It should never have happened to him, just like it should never happen to your […]

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Is College Worth it Today? An Alternative Idea

When I went to college ( U. Of  Iowa) the out-of-state cost was around $5,000.  Four years and $20,000 or so later I and was done (thanks again mom and dad for paying). My first salaried job paid me $19,500, or almost the equivalent of what my four-year Big Ten school education cost.  For the […]

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Father/Son Journey Continues

Yes, I am living vicariously through my son, Jake’s, youth baseball career.  It’s been a fun, interesting, and at times an exasperating experience so far.  Did I mention, expensive? We just spent the past five days in Ft. Myers as he traveled with a special group of players representing Bo Jackson’s Elite team in a […]

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Spoiling Kids Could Make Them Rotten and you Poor

Kids have always been sponges when it comes to learning from their parents. As an adult, I can reflect on what I learned from my mom and dad. I admit (and am proud of) that I’m a lot like they were/are.  Unfortunately, I’ve spoiled my kids more than I should have and am paying the […]

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