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My name is Bruce Sallan and I gave up my showbiz career a decade ago to raise my two boys, full-time, now 12 and 15. Google me if you’re curious about that part of my life. My internationally syndicated column, “A Dad’s Point-of-View,” is my take on the challenges of parenthood and male/female issues, both as a single dad and now, newly remarried, in a blended family. Presently, my column is available in over 75 newspapers and websites in the U.S. and internationally. You can find me on Facebook and add me as your friend. Just be sure to tell me you saw me here. Please visit my website - www.brucesallan.com - to contact me and to enjoy the various features the site offers, including a unique Ask Bruce For Advice section, an archive of my columns, audio and video interviews, links to my published work, photo galleries, and reader comments, plus much more.
Posted at 9:00am Thursday 13th June 2013
Pouting. We all dislike it, but I bet most of us still do it. So, this topic is not just reserved for our kids. Do you pout when you don’t get your way? Does your spouse? I’m a world-class pouter. But, thankfully, my adult brain occasionally kicks in to persuade me of the folly of that behavior. For our kids, that adult brain isn’t there yet.
Posted at 9:00am Thursday 6th June 2013
Continuing with this series of columns, let’s examine the ongoing and increasingly big struggle we all face when trying to balance our lives. Work is now a 24/7 option. I suppose “Life” is, too. But, work has intruded in our lives in ways never before imagined. The life of the advertising guys in “Mad Men” ended, to a degree, at the end of their proscribed workday or depending on how drunk they were on any given occasion. The end of our work-lives today is completely random. And, I’ll assert that men and women approach this balancing act in different ways.
Posted at 1:00pm Thursday 30th May 2013
No, I do not think I’m a racist. But, I do wonder how my thinking towards race has evolved over the years and especially in light of recent events in my life.
Posted at 10:00am Wednesday 22nd May 2013
What were the slang words of your generation? Mine included groovy and bitchin’ among many others. Every generation has its own slang, dress, general look, and of course, its own music. Every generation looks back at theirs as the best and I actually think this is a darn good thing. For young boys and girls, dressing differently than their parents, listening to different music, and generally speaking their own language is the first step on the road to independence.
Posted at 11:00am Wednesday 15th May 2013
With male and female roles changing so significantly in recent years, I’m wondering how much this may have affected our egos? Do you compete with your spouse or significant other? Yes, we all likely say we wish nothing but the best for our partners, but deep inside do we feel envy sometimes? I think this is one of those semi-taboo topics that aren’t aired much, which means, of course, I’m going to wade right into it.
Posted at 11:17am Wednesday 8th May 2013
How many men do you think are afraid of their wives? If “afraid” is too strong a word, how many men believe they must walk on eggshells in their wife’s presence? What marriages do you know – well – that are successful and appear happy? I chose the word “appear” because no one really knows what is going on inside another’s home and life, so all we can make is educated guesses based on how well we know people.
Posted at 10:15am Thursday 2nd May 2013
Needless to say, my title is a shameless pitch for comments but, of course, I’m going to share what’s on my mind first. You’re welcome to add anything on yours, please. It’s now two weeks since The Boston Explosion aka The Boston Bombings and I think we’re getting over the initial shock. I am still reeling from the details that my son shared about what happened to him that morning, which I’ll share in a moment.
Posted at 11:04am Wednesday 17th April 2013
I love writing this blog series. Why? Because I get to poke holes in the conventional, contemporary politically correct stereotypes. And, I sincerely believe that the differences between men and women are genuine and trying to conflate them to fit some academic model of humanity simply denies our humanity. And, for those that know me, I like to provoke…discussion. I’m still waiting for some ardent feminists or Women’s Studies students or professors to weigh in with their comments. So, shall we take on Sexism? Yeah, let’s go for it and I’m going to reveal an embarrassing story along the way!
Posted at 10:00am Wednesday 10th April 2013
Yes, we should encourage our kids to take risks. Of course I don’t mean foolish or dangerous risks, but those that will help them succeed in life. In our contemporary world, it’s the risk-takers who will succeed. Too many kids feel entitled, have been pampered or helicoptered, and the idea of taking a risk is completely foreign to them. Thomas Edison is a perfect example of a man who not only took risks, but also didn’t allow failures to deter his determination.
Posted at 3:28pm Thursday 4th April 2013
In last year’s election cycle, it seemed that the discourse was more raw, rough, and angry than ever before. It seemed that posturing was taking place among the candidates, of course, but also mainstream media was clearly favoring one candidate/party over another. How does this impact our relationships? Does it impact them? And, since the election, has it changed? I think not.