Bio: Gary

Gary with wife Lynn and kids Benjamin, Natalie and Adam
  • Age: mid-30s
  • Spouse: Lynn
  • Kids: Benjamin, 6; Natalie, 4, Adam, 1
  • Hometown: Boston, now living in New York City
  • Writing: contributor to magazines like Parents, Nick Jr., Working Mother, and Time Out New York Kids. Author of non-fiction books for children.
    Website: Freelancedad.com
Greatest inspiration: My late mother, and wanting my kids to think of me some day as fondly as I think of her.

Favorite time of day with my kids: Early evening before dinner, a mix of homework, puzzles, dancing, Matchbox car racing, snack time, school-day recaps, and massive pile-ons on Mommy and Daddy's bed

Favorite part of getting older: Being able to pull off the illusion of being wise so convincingly to the kids

Favorite thing to do on a lazy Sunday afternoon: Pitch a baseball to the kids at the park

Funniest thing my kids have said or done lately: My daughter, frustrated at being reminded to hurry up and get dressed in the morning, yelled at my wife, "Mommy, you're making me annoying!"

Favorite season or holiday: July 4. We're always away from home, and wherever we go, we find fireworks and parades for the kids.

Favorite afternoon snack with kids: Letter-shaped cookies, either Newman's Own or generics. My son has started making mini-crossword puzzles out of them. But pretzel Goldfish aren't bad, either, especially dipped in hummus.

Best decision I ever made: Having a third child. He's the happiest baby in history (so far).

If money were no object... I still wouldn't have a fourth

Five things in my pocket: Always, mints for my wife and Life Savers for the kids. A packet of Kleenex in the back pocket for runny-nose baby. A pen. My to-do list, on a folded Post-It. And quarters.

Least favorite household chore: Cleaning the rice off the floor after my daughter eats dinner.

Favorite family dinner Lamb chops. (God bless the kids, they have expensive tastes.)

One true thing my Dad taught me: Kids have to be nice to their mother.

Most embarrassing moment: Any moment we're in public and my son starts chewing on his shirt collar. Why, oh why, does he do that?

TV Dad I'm most like: Maybe Dan Connor from "Roseanne," though I'm not as big as John Goodman (yet).

Childhood tradition I'm continuing with my kids: Loving the Red Sox

Biggest parenting challenge: Tough call: Either getting my son to eat with a fork, or getting my daughter to flush.

Best thing about my wife: Everything. But one thing? Her good cheer.

The most important thing I can teach my children: Don't sell yourself short.

The biggest lesson I've learned from my kids: When my daughter sees me looking sad or grumpy, she just comes up to me, smiles, and shouts, "Happy!" Works every time.
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