What Children’s Books Totally Creep You Out?

What Children’s Books Totally Creep You Out?

Tom Burns loves reading to his kid, but there are certain books for children that really, really creep him out. He hopes he’s not alone.

How Major League Baseball Is Helping Prove That Paternity Leave Makes Sense

How Major League Baseball Is Helping to Prove That Paternity Leave Makes Sense

Tom Burns thinks that Major League Baseball’s decision to support New York Mets’ Daniel Murphy’s right to paternity leave speaks volumes and deserves more attention than it’s getting

The Importance of Buying Normal Clothes for Our Daughters and What You Can Do About It

The Importance of Buying Normal Clothes for Our Daughters and What You Can Do About It

Tom Burns is tired of the limited clothing choices presented to young girls and supports some recent efforts to provide our daughters with options beyond all things pink and bedazzled

The Importance of “Reading Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” Out Loud to Your Kids

The Importance of "Reading Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" Out Loud to Your Kids

Tom Burns argues that reading out loud to your kids can be a calming, meditative act and highlights Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle’s picture book classic as one of the best bedtime mantras ever written

My Seven-Year-Old Daughter Tried to “Catfish” Me

My Seven-Year-Old Daughter Tried to “Catfish” Me

Tom Burns is pretty sure that the love letter sent home by one of his daughter’s substitute teachers was not actually written by a member of the faculty.

The Day My Love for My Daughter Became Real

The Day My Love for My Daughter Became Real

Tom Burns remembers the exact moment he started loving his daughter as a person rather than as an ideal

Why The World Would Be Better If We All Followed My Daughter’s 10 Commandments of Play

Why I Love My Daughter’s Ten Commandments of Play

Tom Burns marvels at the profound truths hiding behind a kid-authored list of playground “rules”

Man Crying: 10 Ways to Justify Your Leaky Eyeholes

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Yes, there is a manly way to cry. Or at least a manly way to to explain why your face is wetter than usual.

Why It’s Important for Kids to Read “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”

Why It’s Important for Kids to Read “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”

Tom Burns argues that Judith Viorst’s children’s classic is one of the few books that actually teaches kids to commiserate.

Why I’m Against Daddy-Daughter “Dates”

Why I’m Against Daddy-Daughter “Dates”

Tom Burns loves spending time with his daughter, but wishes people wouldn’t romanticize their relationship.

Five Non-Existent Parenting Classes That Should Totally Exist

Five Non-Existent Parenting Classes That Should Totally Exist

Tom Burns brainstorms some out-of-the-box continuing education classes that modern dads might find valuable.

Why “The Gift of Not Giving a Thing” Can Be Much Harder Than It Looks

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Do your kids have too much stuff? Tom Burns explains why people keep giving them presents.

Why Women Don’t Need Husbands, By a Husband

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Tom Burns is happily married to a woman, but he thinks Suzanne Venker’s assertion that women need husbands is complete BS.

A Month of Thankfulness: The Food!

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So, this Thanksgiving, as the turkey and stuffing pass through my digestive system like water passing through a Buddhist prayer wheel, I’ll gently loosen my belt, smile at my relatives, and I will primarily be thankful for the food.

Who Will Win the World Series? Let’s Ask Dad

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Today is Game 1 of the World Series. We wanted to know if dads had any predictions, so Carter Gaddis asked them.

100 Words on Love: Love is a Predatory Investment

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Walking down an infinite number of stairs, in the dark, balancing on your sweaty fingertips everything of value in the world, with a “Kick Me” sign on your back.