Keeping the neighborhood safe and nice for everyone (3rd of a 9 part series)
After a week of superhero training, Kubla is ready to go on patrol. He puts on his costume—mask, cape, super-serious crime-fighting face, Batman onesie. We start walking around the block, on the lookout for evil.
When the time comes, will you be ready? (2nd of a 9 part series)
Kubla is ready to become a hero. He’s ready to begin his training. “Do the Avengers fight bad guys all day?” “No, the battles only last a few minutes.” “That’s right,” I say. “What do
Fight evil, protect the innocent, and make things nice for everybody (1st of a 9 part series)
Three playdates in a row, Kubla bossed and bullied his friend. It wasn’t abating. He needed a positive outlet for his need to control. After the playdate I take him aside. “Kubla, who is the
Are you willing to do what it takes?
After weeks of trying, Kubla makes it across the monkey bars all by himself. He does it again. And again. And again. The next day he’s back on the monkey bars, gaining speed and confidence
Read a favorite book and change a recurring theme
Kubla was the star of every book we read as a toddler. Other family members made cameo appearances. Curious Kubla and his friend the Dad in the Yellow Hat is his favorite series. He loves
And the smaller the screen, the bigger the problem
Kubla usually doesn’t have trouble turning off the TV. It’s a challenge to peel him away from YouTube videos. God help the poor soul who tries to take a smartphone out of his hands. With
Kids are natural creators—keep them that way
When Kubla was 4, he loved watching YouTube videos. And his favorite type of video was Toy Reviews—grown men explaining what was so great about their classic toy collections. I don’t understand the appeal. I
Children will learn only when they’re ready
His last couple weeks in preschool, Kubla showed an avid interest in reading. He would spell out the letters on signs, license plates, anything. I declared this would be the summer he learned to read.
End dinner with an act of love, not with a chore
“Don’t forget to clear your plate.” Is that really how families want to end dinner? With a chore? That word, chore—makes me think of Cinderella not being able to go to the ball. What do
How a baby taught me to be a more creative, happier father
I was changing Kubla’s diaper. He was about 9 months old, extra squirmy and entirely unhelpful. I get frustrated. I try to get him to lie still, which makes him squirm even more. Later, as