The Company of Men

I have a friend who grew up on a Midwest farm; I'l call him Gene. As a young boy, Gene and his father were visiting their neighbor’s farm, and my friend wandered by himself into the barn. He accidentally knocked over an unlit kerosene lamp.

When the neighbor found the broken lamp, Gene said he didn’t know how it happened.

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BabyGate

larry_oakes.jpgMoms and dads often do things differently.

Is that OK?

Should be because, in fact, any two parents will do things differently (regardless of gender) because they are two different people. Kids benefit from the difference, so we parents have to make sure that our kids are exposed to both parenting styles.

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New Moon Girls: Rare & Needed Resource for Girls

IMHO, New Moon Girls is a resource without parallel for girls ages 8 to 12. It’s very unusual to find such a perfect resource for girls in this crazy, often toxic world they inhabit. So, I can’t recommend it enough!

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Neil Gaiman is Grilled by His Daughter

A few years ago, Claire Mysko (http://clairemysko.com), author of the Girls, Inc. book You’re Amazing!: A No-Pressure Guide to Being Your Best Self, told me about a wonderful interview with children’s author Neil Gaiman.

Among Gaiman’s many works is The Graveyard Book, which won the prestigious Newbery Award.

But before he wrote that book, he was interviewed by his young daughter Maddy Gaiman. It’s a fascinating and insightful interview which tells you a lot about how Neil writes…and also about how much insight and intelligence our own daughters are capable of.

So, listen to Maddy and then spend some time today listening to your own girl!

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Eating with Encyclopedias

goei_reading.jpgFathers and stepfathers don’t always realize what a key role we play in the intellectual and academic development of our daughters. In a culture that repeatedly tells girls that guys care far more about their looks than their brains, Dad—as the “first man” in a girl’s life—can prove otherwise.

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