About Tom Brechlin

Devoted Catholic, married 39 years, two grown kids and TWO super cool grandson. Former corporate executive that left that world and has since spent the last 15 years working with adolescent males in a residential treatment center. Has 1 dogs, a Golden (recently lost him to cencer) and something related to a swamp rat, 2 cats, and a parrot named Paco.

Even After 39 Years of Marriage, It Still Doesn’t Define Me

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There’s a stereotype out there that men lose their identities when they get married. Tom Brechlin disagrees.

Unexpected Letters From My Family

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I share these personal letters for one reason and one reason alone. Dad’s are important and they truly have an impact on their children. So please, never give up.

Still a Daddy to My Little Girl (Even Though I’m a Grandpa to Her Children)

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The bonds that Tom Brechlin created with his daughter at a very early age have followed them both into adulthood.

Family Contracts Are Good Business

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Contracts are good business, even in the home. Tom Brechlin talks about negotiating in families as both parents and kids age.

A Man and His Dog, and My Heart is Breaking

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A tribute to Ernie, by Tom Brechlin.

Things I Regret

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Tom Brechlin on taking things for granted, his father, and coming to terms with his biggest regret.

How Things Have Changed: Even the Pictures We Take to Remember

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All Tom Brechlin has to do is look at his photo wall to remind himself how grateful he is.

The First Year Was HELL

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A marriage to the romantic and dreamy teenaged girl next door.

What Your Child Wears Is Important — And I’m Not Talking About Pink

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Tom Brechlin wants to give a persona public service announcement to parents no matter what city they live in.

The Heroes of Aurora

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There were more heroes than villains in that Aurora, Colorado movie theater where 12 were killed.

#48: A Mother’s Answered Prayer

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A Mother’s Day Tom Brechlin won’t forget. #48 in a series: 100 Acts of Male Goodness.