Author Archives: Steve DeBenedetti-Emanuel

Parents talk and kids talk

I’m not sure how many times I written about how KD, my 10-year-old son, and I bang heads. This happens for umpteen reasons and I’ve gotten tired of it. KD goes to a school that prides itself on being peaceful, and if there’s a conflict, the kids go to a peace table and have “peace…

Men’s Counseling Group

Hello Gentlemen: I’m writing to invite you to join me in the next round of my men’s counseling group that will begin on Thursday, September 21st. The group will meet from 715-830 p.m. each Thursday and will last for ten weeks. The group will be limited to seven men and will meet at my office…

BULLYING: more help for parents

BULLYING Years ago, I got pulled into a new friend group of dudes. It was the best! I was sort of new to town and was lonely. I loved being included. My awful feelings drifted away. I was also pretty new to Facebook, and one day I saw pictures of all the dudes with their…

Even Buster Posey Gets Lonely

It has been an extremely tough year for Giants fans.  But it wasn’t long ago that they were on-fire.  One from the archives. A few days ago, KD was reading the paper and updating me, rapid-fire, on Buster Posey’s stats. I was also reading the paper and asked him to keep it down a bit….

Is it trauma or just a little drama?

If you’ve been following my blog, you know KD’s early life was filled with medical drama, and the effects will probably be always with me, even if they fade away over the years.  Today was the first day of school, and I had a stomach ache and the tiniest bit of double vision.  Did I…

I bully, you bully, we bully

I reconnected on Facebook this week to two women I knew in junior high. I was in-touch with one of them through early adulthood. I think I was a pretty nice kid back in middle school, and bullying typically wasn’t my thing. At the same time I was particularly immature and easily influenced by my…

This dad took a plunge and flipped things around

At a party at our community pool, one of my main mates DJ did a flip with a backward cannonball off the high dive. Then Rogai pulled off a flip off the low dive. Now DJ and Rogai are both jocks, but they’re a decade or two past their primes. Since I’m also a jock…

March Madness Madness

IT’S TIME FOR MARCH MADNESS! In KD’s basketball game the other day he should have passed the ball a bit more. One time down the court he forced a shot and it was an air ball. I was in the stands right in front of him and he said, “Carmelo.” We both giggled, and he…

If the Dam Breaks & the Levees Fail

Maybe I’m a bit of a dying breed, but I’ll always take the newspaper. There’s something to be said for the ritual of putting the kettle on, shuffling to the door while it heats-up, and coming back reading it as I make my cup and then sit on my comfy chair. The other morning, I…

Black Cats And a Four Leaf Clover

Good Luck, Bad Luck and Just Luck I have good luck. I found a platinum diamond ring at the gas station. We won the grand prize last year at the raffle at my son’s school. I’ve won over $1,000 in personal training and two free months of membership in drawings at my gym. (And if…