The Secret to Buying a Home? Ignore Your Realtor and do This

If you’re banking on two salaries to afford your dream home, here’s a suggestion that represents a smarter approach. Many parents have gazed in wonder at the dream homes their realtors show them. The quartz countertops, reasonable commutes and fantastic school systems come with one glaring obstacle: the down payment. Realtors will bend over backwards... Continue Reading →

When Karma Impacted my Career

In the business world, Karma is a rare commodity given how competitive it can be. This is a story about one person’s selfless decision that helped someone stay employed and the reciprocation that took place on the backend. When you’re told you have four days to either find another job at the company or pack... Continue Reading →

The Fast and the Ferocious: Driving the Tesla S Model

The only thing I’ve experienced that compares, in speed and sophistication, is the Maserati Ghibli. But there is no comparison - The Tesla’s Model S is the bee’s knees. I saw him several times driving around town in his Tesla. He glided across our pothole-stricken roads with a perma-grin on his face when I waved... Continue Reading →

How to Manage/Identify a Unique Workplace Species: The Chicken Hawk Boss

The Chicken Hawk Dads who have lives outside of work, which is every father, bring a unique perspective to the office. Unlike those who are single, recently engaged or divorced without kids, every second outside of sleep is filled with household duties, changing diapers, roughhousing or entertaining toddlers and a spouse. A father’s perspective is... Continue Reading →

Your Boss Told You to Check Email During Your Family Vacation? Seriously?

Read that headline again… if you even thought about agreeing to check email when you’re vacationing, let’s take some time to think this through. This scenario played out in my career and the shocking part was, the man who asked me to check email was a world traveler. We started working together a year before... Continue Reading →

You Make X, Save Y: When You’re a Dad, ‘Y’ Matters More Than Ever

This a story about a family that represented tightwads back in the day. They referred to this treasured tradition as being, ‘frugal,’ but when you’re a teenage kid, you define it as ‘cheap.’ The best expression I ever heard that referenced frugality was, ‘alligator arms.’ I.e. one’s arms are too short to reach into one’s... Continue Reading →

The Real Purpose of Money

Why is a blogger, who is supposed to write about fatherhood, posting stories about money? Because in the end, money serves an important purpose: to enable one to be a more involved parent. Framed with this perspective in mind, I hope you’ll consider the logic behind my premise. At some point in your life, you... Continue Reading →

Venmo You Money? Here’s a Benjamin Instead

My PayPal account was hacked in December. This long-lost remnant of paying, a throwback to 2012, came back to bite me in the ass smack in the middle of the holiday season. After a courteous conversation with the company, they compensated me for thousands of dollars and then reversed course – and added the debt... Continue Reading →

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