Mark Shatz


The Big Lesson I Learned After Buying My Kid His First Cell Phone

I bought my son his first cell phone. How kids reacted to it — and how I reacted to their comments — taught me a big lesson.


Halloween and the Pure Joy of Stealing Your Children’s Candy

It's Halloween! Your kids are going to have candy! You're going to stay up later! So... it's sort of your candy, right?


I’m a Single Dad Relying on Fast Food. Ronald McDonald Is My Nemesis.

There is no greater sorrow than your child's first words being "happy meal."


Buying Baby Gear Is the First Rite of Passage for New Dads

A simple stroll through Target reveals everything you need to know about what managing your finances is going to look like going forward.


My College Kid “Needs” Money and I’m Now a Human ATM

It's not that I hated giving my kid money when he still lived with me. I didn't like the silence around it, but it was fine. Now, I'm just confused.


The Best Father’s Day Gift Is Actually…Fatherhood

Yes, you love the "World's Greatest Dad" apron. But the permanent bond with your child is what you're really getting this year.