Fatherhood, Growing Up, Parenting

father-child fishing tripEverything You Need for a Successful Father-Son (or -Daughter) Fishing Excursion

Some of your fondest childhood memories may be of you and your father going fishing. Today, with a son (or daughter) of your own, you want to pass down this tradition to your offpsring and keep this pastime alive. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for your first father-child fishing trip:

Pick the Right Location

If you already have a favorite fishing spot —or can get to the location where you and your father used to go fishing — make sure to pass down the tradition to your child. Explain why that lake is special to you, and tell him or her about all the memories you made there.

If you don’t have a place in mind, though, do a little research to find the best fishing spots for the type of fish you want to catch. Visit your local Chamber of Commerce or browse local fishing guides to uncover any recommendations.

TakeMeFishing.org is a great tool for finding local fishing spots as well. If you plan on camping on your trip, try to get close to your fishing destination and make sure your vehicle can get through any off-road paths.

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Family Issues, Well-being

irritable male syndromeIrritable Male Syndrome: The First Hidden Cause of Mid-Life Marriage Meltdown

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way.”

Charles Dickens could have been describing mid-life marriage instead of the times leading up to the French Revolution in his epic 1859 historical novel, A Tale of Two Cities. Whether we are in our first marriage when we approach our 40s, 50s, and 60s (We are living longer and longer so mid-life extends through three decades), or whether we have been married previously, mid-life is a turbulent time and marriage can be difficult.

I suspect there may be two kinds of people in the world—Those who watch Dr. Phil and those who don’t. My wife is one who does and I’m one who doesn’t. That’s not unusual. 82% of those who watch Dr. Phil are women and only 18% are men. More than half the viewers are between the ages of 35 and 64.

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Family Issues, Fatherhood, Parenting

Why You Should #LightItUpBlue for Understanding and Acceptance of Autism

April is Autism Awareness month. People all over the globe will be Lightning It Up Blue to shine a bright light on autism during World Autism Month!

So what exactly is Autism? Autism is a neurological disorder that affects an individual’s social interaction, verbal and non-verbal communication, and repetitive or restrictive behaviors. The incidence of autism is high, with 1 in 68 children in the United States receiving this diagnosis. It’s highly likely that you know someone with autism, maybe a friend or family member; the CDC estimates autism’s prevalence as 1 in every 68 children in the United States.

I’ve interviewed several of the leading experts in autism, inlcuding Temple Grandin, an author who herself has autism. She told me that, “If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.” What she means is that no two people with autism are exactly alike.
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Fatherhood, Parenting

kids shouldn't have caffeineShould Kids Have Caffeine? Uh, Nope.

Dear Mr. Dad: I have been noticing kids who look much younger than high-school age buying frapuccino-type drinks at Starbucks and similar coffee places. It worries me, because I didn’t think caffeine was good for children, and didn’t allow my own son to have any while he was a teenager. Is coffee really bad for children? If so, what is your advice to parents whose children can buy their own snacks after school?

A: You’re absolutely right. Caffeine and children don’t belong in the same room. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says that for adults, 300-400 milligrams (mg)–about three cups of coffee—per day is generally safe. But the FDA hasn’t established safe levels for children. Most pediatricians, however, say that children under 12 shouldn’t have any, and kids 12-18 shouldn’t consume more than 100 mg/day.

Those recommendations haven’t stopped kids from getting it. In fact, about 75% of children and young adults consume caffeine every day. Where’s it all coming from? Until fairly recently, children’s main source of caffeine was soda. However, ever since researchers started drawing the connection between sugary drinks and obesity, soda consumption has been on the decline. Today, children—especially teenagers—are turning to coffee and energy drinks, both of which generally pack a lot more caffeine than soda.

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Aging, Cardio, Fitness, Health, Nutrition, Sports

Gut-Check for Guys: Re-Thinking Your Approach to Fitness After 40

I seek a sustainable plan for fitness after 40: physical health and feeling “whole” for the 2nd half of my life. I want to feel great, look my best, keep getting happier, and live long.

Of course. But how to really do it? We all face—and can powerfully answer—the same questions…

1. Exercise: What do I need more (and less) of?

We need to purposefully mix endurance, strength, flexibility, and balance. Obvious? Many “fit” guys don’t do this – I’ve been one of them. I was “lucky” to have some injuries over time push me toward more variety. Some of us never had a consistent regimen, and now need one. Wherever you start, the goal is a healthy mix, and that goal leads to questions like these:
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