Category: Parenting

  My daughter’s high school soccer team is ranked #15 in America (and just #5 in NC – to illustrate how competitive soccer is here.) They’re 7-0-1 after tonight’s 9-0 victory against Garinger. The girl had three goals and two assists tonight. When I arrived at her school for the game, the JV women’s soccer team had just won by mercy rule, and the baseball team was destroying the Garinger by 20 runs. As I sat in the stands watching…

The kids who survived the attack at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida have made national headlines since the murderous rampage that took the lives of seventeen of their fellow classmates. At first, these students were seen as courageous, articulate souls standing up to the beast of bribed government policy. But once Big Money had a chance to reassess, they spun these kids as “crisis actors” brought in by liberal directors. And when that didn’t stick, they were called foul-mouthed…

Women are weak, everyone says Even from men you would least expect Every day a woman gets upset Over not being good enough or not looking her best Because that’s what people see But you know what’s really deep? Women are what MADE you Without us who ARE you? Women are the reason you are here And we don’t shame you Women are the future, we’ve made it this far I walk in school everyday with fear in my heart…

We attended a state-sanctioned U-17 women’s soccer tournament last weekend in Fayetteville. We left Charlotte Saturday morning for a 2 p.m. first game and were scheduled to play three games in our bracket, one on Saturday and two on Sunday. If we won our bracket, we’d move on to the state finals in November. My daughter’s team was the second-seed in the bracket. In the game on Saturday they played the home team, which was seeded fourth. The game on…

Thanks in part to a powerful Hollywood monster, the idea of respect for women is currently at the fore of America’s mindset. Finally. And yes, I choose to call it respect for women instead of rape culture. I’m a father to daughters, I’m a husband, I’m a man, and I don’t understand the idea of rape culture. I do understand the idea of respect for women, however. My daughters are beautiful, strong young women who were raised to believe that they have the…

The most gratuitous use of power I’ve ever witnessed occurred about four years ago when my then 12-year-old daughter was “dating” this Korean kid in middle school. This boy was gaga over her, and he was nice, and so she liked hanging out with him. It was a beautiful Saturday and we invited him to join us on a bike ride along the greenway. About an hour into it we were taking a break when my daughter said, “Hey Dad, John (not real name)…