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Ask Mr. Dad: Sometimes it’s good to be a loser

How can I get my kids to understand that losing – or at least not being perfect at everything – is part of life?


Ask Mr. Dad: Special kids need special dads

Our 5-year-old daughter has several special needs. My wife and I love her unconditionally, but I have to admit that parenting her has affected our marriage. Part of the tension …


Ask Mr. Dad: The fertility game

Dads can experience infertility, too.


Ask Mr. Dad: Telling the kids: Intolerance is a two-way street

Like many parents, I’ve struggled with how to talk to my 7- and 9-year old about the results of the presidential election.


Ask Mr. Dad: Missing fatherhood before it even begins

Soon-to-dad worried about missing the birth and first few weeks of child’s life for an important job opportunity. Mr. Dad gives tips on how he can still bond with his …


Ask Mr. Dad: Postpartum depression affects men, too

New dad finds himself struggling with postpartum depression after birth of son.


Ask Mr. Dad: Sports dreams: Are they yours or your child’s?

Reader writes: When I was a kid, my dad put a lot of pressure on me to do every sport possible and was so obnoxious on the sidelines that I …


Ask Mr. Dad: Stepping into a blended family

You’re the one who’s going to have to help him adjust to his new role as stepdad. At the same time, you also have to help your children understand his …


Congrats, Procter & Gamble, you’ve alienated half your customer base

Kids benefit from dad’s involvement off the court too. Children – boys and girls alike – whose father supports them in sports get better grades in school and have more …


Ask Mr. Dad: Infertility and adoption; sometimes bonding is hard

My wife and desperately want to be parents. But after years of trying and tens of thousands spent on fertility treatments, our doctor is telling us that we should either …


Ask Mr. Dad: Two kids, night and day

The reality is that, just like fingerprints, snowflakes, and zebra stripes, no two children are ever going to be exactly the same – even if they’re raised by the same …


Ask Mr. Dad: The distractions continue

A few weeks ago, you had an email from a 13-year old whose mother talks on the phone. You should have told the child to rat her mother out to …


Ask Mr. Dad: Mom driven to distraction

Dear Mr. Dad: This may sound dramatic, but I’m hoping you can help save my mom’s life.


Ask Mr. Dad: Doula can aid birth process

Our baby is due in a few months and all of my wife’s friends are recommending that we hire a doula as a birth companion. What are doulas and what …


Ask Mr. Dad: Having a baby changes everything – and everyone

Ever since our baby was born, our social life has changed for the worse. I understand that some of this is normal, but it doesn’t feel very good. How can …


Ask Mr. Dad: The downside of praise

We live in an era where we give kids trophies for showing up – regardless of how well they play – and we rave about everything they do, whether it’s …


Ask Mr. Dad: Sometimes dreams aren’t sweet at all

Nightmares are pretty normal in children, affecting 10 to 50 percent of kids six and under. But that doesn’t make it any easier on you when your child wakes up …


That just ain’t right

English is under attack and needs all the help it can get.


Ask Mr. Dad: Is there such a thing as a good fight?

Taking things down a notch the best option when there are kids in the house.


Ask Mr. Dad: It’s time to make time for family time

People all the time talk about how important it is to spend “quality time” with the family. With different ages and different schedules, how possible is that?


Dear Mr. Dad: Shopping for school a pain in the wallet

Dear Mr. Dad: I can hardly believe that summer is almost over. It’s been a tough year financially for our family, and I’ve been putting off doing the back-to-school shopping …


Mr. Dad: Stay involved, be patient with kids after divorce

Dear Mr. Dad: My marriage of 15 years has finally come to an end, and my wife and I have joint physical and legal custody. Because the last thing I …


No need to rush teen daughter into career path

Dear Mr. Dad: My daughter just turned 15, and I want to start preparing her for the future. Specifically, I want to make sure that she’s on the right career …


Cellphone for safety? Maybe not

Dear Mr. Dad: My wife and I have been debating this for some time but have yet to agree: When should we let our 10-year old daughter have a cellphone? …


Obesity in kids can affect health later in life

Dear Mr. Dad: There’s a lot of talk about childhood obesity. How do you think that’s going to affect the next generation of athletes? Will we be able to compete …


Instant parenthood creates strain

Dear Mr. Dad: My fiancé and I have been engaged for a year. Four months ago, I moved in with him and became an instant stepmom. His kids are 8 …


Debt, work lead many to opt out of parenthood

Dear Mr. Dad: By the time my parents were my age (I’m 27), they had three children. But I’m not married, don’t have any children, and don’t have any plans …


Take studies, statistics with a grain of salt

Dear Mr. Dad: Like you, I enjoy reading about new research findings in health and parenting. But I get really frustrated when what’s in the headlines isn’t always what’s in …


Heavy burden of pregnancy poses problems

Dear Mr. Dad: Last week you talked about some pregnancy myths and mentioned that expectant mothers should be more worried about putting on too little weight than too much. That …


When pregnant, moderation, common sense go a long way

Dear Mr. Dad: I’m pregnant, and it seems that the more my husband and I read, the more confusing the whole thing gets. One “expert” says that I should stay …