The first year is on the books

One year ago, I embarked on a journey of self discovery and self-improvement – and what a journey it has been! The feedback, encouragement, engagement and advice I have received, has been nothing short of amazing. Thank you to everyone who has contributed their thoughts, opinions and counter-arguments – I truly believe that what we are doing is for the betterment of all our families out there!

As some of you may also know, this anniversary is bittersweet. It was a year ago that I lost my Father-in-law – the inspiration behind this blog. The emotions and sentiments are still very raw surrounding his passing but its through my writing and remembrance that I will eventually heal.

Speaking of remembrance, my daughter (bless her heart), decided she would like to release a special balloon for her Tata, so he could receive it in heaven! I am ever in awe of the way children think and the innocence and pureness of it all – it’s just heart warming. I plan on remembering my Father-in-law by continuing our thought-provoking conversations about Parenting and specifically what it means to be a Dad. We are going to hit some heavy topics in the near future, but I am confident that with your help, insight and input, we’ll all emerge more enlightened and better Parents!

Here’s to the first YEAR and many more to come!

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‘Tis the season…for a Giveaway!

Blogging has been such an amazing and cathartic experience for me. I have gained such insight, encouragement and blessings on this project and now it’s my turn to give a little something back.

As a small token of my appreciation to all those who have signed up for the blog and have participated in our lively discussions – I am doing a GIVEAWAY, just in time for the holiday season!

Perhaps the most anticipated and already critically acclaimed film of the year, Les Miserables starring Hugh Jackman, Russel Crowe and Anne Hathaway, is a story set “In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole, agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s daughter, Cosette. The fateful decision changes their lives forever.”

To celebrate the release of this film, I am giving away a piece of cinematic history  – a limited edition Les Miserables Film Poster (27×41 inch) depicting one of the more riveting scenes from this epic film! This is the perfect gift for fans of this timeless play and cinematic buffs alike.

To enter, all you need to do is enter a response in the comment section to the following question:

What is your favorite live action play (past or present) and why?

A winner will be chosen at random and announced via Twitter and the blog on December 12, 2012. Thank you and Good luck!

It’s almost Thanks Giving?

Is it the day before Thanksgiving or the day before “Black Friday” eve – I am a little confused. The title of today’s post is not a typo – its intentional. If you have been reading this blog or even if you are a new visitor – you’ll notice a common theme: We parents, specifically us dads, need to do better – in all respects. And for me, the Thanksgiving holiday provides a great opportunity to be better.

This is the time of year for soup kitchen volunteering and turkey giveaways televised by the local news – and this new trend on Facebook where people post what they are thankful for during each day of the month. That is all well and good and I applaud the sentiment. But it seems like to me, in combining the words Thanks and Giving, we have also symbolically cheapened the notion of what these words even mean – for evidence, just look at the ensuing chaos that will begin just over 48 hours from now.

I am not the first to feel this way and certainly not the first to express that the notion of Thanksgiving should not be limited to just a Thursday and Friday. But rather, Thanks and Giving should be a staple of our every day lives, regardless of the time of year. This country treats holidays as mass marketing campaigns but it is up to us to “take back” these holidays – and why not start with Thanksgiving.

Dads, we affirm for our children that Thanksgiving is a time where we give thanks, volunteer or give to the needy but we also need to show our children that Thanksgiving should be a way of life. We need to show our children how thankful we are for the freedoms we have in this country. On several occasions when out and about with my daughter, if I saw someone in a military uniform, I would approach and thank them for their service to this country. This may be a simple act but, I am trying to instill that sense of thankfulness. Opportunities to volunteer in community activities are abundant, giving at your place of worship or even just helping a neighbor – the point is, our children need practical examples of what it means to be Thankful and Giving, throughout the entire year.

So as we prepare to be blessed with family and food – or however you plan on spending this holiday time, remember that our children should be looking to us to help them understand Thanksgiving – and that begins with helping them understand Thanks and Giving.