Swallowing the Big Apple, A Beginner Does New York City

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Amy Bo NYC

 

30 Things a Beginner Should Know About NYC

The Big Apple. I don’t even know what that means. I guess it’s referencing NYC being so great, you want to take a bite out of it. I’m not much of an apple fan. I like donuts and pizza. That’s fine, we’ll stick with Apple.

On December 12, 2014, I took my wife to NYC for the first time. It was an eye-opening learning experience for both of us. If you’ve ever wanted to visit there, this list is for you. If you frequent there, or live there, maybe you’ve forgotten what it’s like to experience it all for the first time. Here’s your chance to see your city from the eyes of a beginner. Continue reading

“Daddy, have you ever smiled?” The question that changed my parenting.

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Me with Brady and Cameron

I’m a father to two boys, 13 and 9. It was the youngest that asked me the question which changed the way I thought of myself as a parent. He was about 5 years old at the time, and it hit me like a ton of bricks.

“Daddy, have you ever smiled?”

I was taken off guard at first by the question. What could he mean? Of course I smile. Anybody who knows me may wonder if I’ve ever been serious.

The more I thought about it though, the kid was right.  His perception of me as not only a father, but a person, painted a terrible reality.

Don’t misunderstand, on the surface, I’m a good dad. I don’t beat my children; I hug them, kiss them, and tell them I love them. All the things we think are the important parts of being a good parent. Obviously, it wasn’t enough.

I had to take a look at myself from my kid’s perspective. I saw 5 negatives I knew I had to change to positives.

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Top 5 Ways to a Happy HUSBAND (Yes, there are 5)

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A couple weeks ago, I laid out what I believed to be my Top 5 Ways to a Happy Wife. If you haven’t had the chance, give it a read after you make it through this one.

I’ve received quite a bit of feedback from that post. I’ve heard stories that some women are reading it aloud to their husbands, others are sending it to them by email, or text message. I’ve been “pinned” on Pinterest a dozen or so times. I don’t even know what that means, but from what I can gather, it’s not nearly as dirty as it sounds.

So as you can imagine, I’ve received more than a little grief from the men. amy and bo

Guys, this one’s for you.

Ladies, it’s only fair. You read the last one. You made your man read the last one. The least you can do, is read, then share this one.

So, here it is. The Top 5 Ways to a Happy HUSBAND. Continue reading

Confessions of a Married Man- My Top 5 Ways to a Happy Wife

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This year, I celebrated my 18th wedding anniversary. For 18 years, people have looked at me, then they look at my wife, then they look back at me and rub their eyes, as if I’ll get better looking on second glance. Nope. Sorry.

I’ve heard all the remarks, all the comments, all the “Boy, you sure did marry up!” Yeah, yeah. That’s neat. But you know what? I don’t believe in “marrying up”. Here’s why. For every guy who “married up”, there’s a girl who settled for less.  I don’t believe my wife settled for less. I’ve spent 18 years, putting in effort, and it’s never felt like work. Here we are, 18 years strong, and I’m happy, and I believe my wife is happy.

To quote the great philosopher Forrest Gump, “I’m not a smart man, but I know what love is..” Continue reading