As I was preparing a turkey sandwich for my son, I found myself receiving the usual instructions. “Cut the crusts off please” he asked. I sighed. Really? 5-years old and we’re still doing this. Instead of arguing with him I find myself engaging in passive aggressive behavior.
It started about 2 years ago. At one time Hubspot hosted their “Live Weekly Marketing Update”. Every Friday at 4:00 three of us would settle into the Knowledge Room (that really was the name of the conference room) with some beer and open minds.
The greatest opportunities in life result from throwing out the instruction manual and harnessing the creative potential that resides in all of us.
I heard a very loud “CRASH” from upstairs. Moments later my Daughter walked down the steps, my teary-eyed Son following slowly behind. “Ummm, something happened” she informed me. It was at that second that my Son broke down into hysterics. He wouldn’t tell me what happened, he kept crying “I’m in big trouble” over and over again
When I was 9 months pregnant I would fantasize about life as a new mom. I would sit in the empty nursery and take it all in. I would rock in the glider, smell the baby lotion, and feel the soft texture of the baby blankets. I’d look at the closet full of baby clothes.
One of my favorite parts of the day is homework time with my kids. I know that sounds preposterous, but it’s true. It could be that the homework is still digestible, and I still understand it. It’s a good opportunity to spend individual time with each child. It’s also great to watch their progress. One […]
I remember when my Dad turned 36. I cried that day because I thought he was so old. Now, 60 seems like a spring chicken. Our age, and how we feel, is all relative. I figure, if at the end of the year I can look back and see that I’ve learned and grown, then […]
As kids much of what we learned was set to music. Anything from our ABCs, days of the week, and religious teachings were set to familiar tunes. The rhythms, beats, and words were catchy and made retention a cinch. Even now I look for patterns and lessons in the music I listen to. Awhile back […]
This weekend I took my 6-year old daughter Christmas shopping. We walked around a few stores and she selected gifts for family members. It’s important she understands that holidays are about giving, not just getting. As we browsed the aisles she carefully selected items based on what she thought everyone would enjoy. Sorry Mom, it […]
Last week I experienced one of the most alarming days of my life. I received a call from my Mom asking if I’d mind attending a follow-up appointment with her doctor. She had a mammogram the week before and they wanted to retake some pictures. This was a cause of concern because my Mom is […]
They said I was going to be wrapped around their little finger. They said I didn’t stand a chance as soon as I heard them for the first time. Of course I said “there is no possible way I’ll be that guy!” They were right, because I am a father to two absolutely beautiful little […]
Over dinner my kids were asking what I do. What my job is. I stumbled over the explanation a few times. I experienced the age-old “Explain it to me like I’m a 5-year old”. Finally my daughter said “You don’t sound like you know your job”. It’s true. She’s right. I don’t know the first […]
Dinner wrapped up and I scanned the dining area. Milk was smeared across the table, crumbs littered the floor, and there was a spaghetti noodle stuck to the wall. Table manners aren’t the only problem. Whether it’s picking up toys, taking turns, or censoring comments about people that walk by, my children have a lot […]
My words haunt me every single day. I know anything I say will be parroted back to me by my children. Sometimes they’re terms of endearment. Oftentimes they’re scoldings and punishments. My kids will threaten me with time out. Swear words have been kept to a minimum, so far. Words are powerful and when they […]
There’s an 8 hour drive (I can make it in 7) between my home in Ohio, and my family and friends in Washington DC, that I’ve driven 100 times. No, more than 100 times. As an Air Force Brat I was fortunate that the pains of military life were easy on our family. Having lived […]
Recently my Daughter has awoken in the middle of the night with tears. She’s uncomfortable and complains that her legs hurt. She’s experiencing growing pains. There’s a lot of discussion around whether growing pains are real. Many physicians attribute those aches and pains to physical activity and not actual growth. The pain occurs in the […]
Fact: I don’t like to sleep with my feet under the covers. I’ll pile on the blankets, but my feet always stick out at the end of the bed. Fact: I have 2 small children that wake up early on the weekend to watch cartoons. Fact: They’ve developed a certain finesse in how they wake […]
This week I had the privilege of participating in a webinar with BtoB Magazine and Eloqua on “Modern Marketing”. As part of a 4 person panel I shared how marketing analytics can contribute to effective marketing content development. One webinar attendee posed a question I hear often. How can small organizations with few resources keep […]
Marketing and PR professionals from companies of all sizes will gather at the 3rd annual Content Marketing Strategies Conference, hosted by dlvr.it, to gain practical ‘how to’ advice on content marketing SEO, content distribution optimization, content ROI, and learn from case studies by brands including Red Hat, New Belgium Brewing, FOX’s hit show Glee and […]
There’s much debate over which type of content is more effective and more persuasive. I decided to conduct my own focus group. I gathered together several colleagues and ran a few scenarios by each. I then conducted a similar experiment with my kids. I wanted to know, what content is preferred. When meeting with my […]