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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 3:55pm Tuesday 3rd December 2013
Thanksgiving has just passed and I hope everyone had a lovely time. I hope everyone actually took some time from the food and the games to actually “give thanks.” I also hope everyone ignored all the political pleas to discuss politics at the Thanksgiving Meal. What a horrible idea and suggestion! But, most of all, I hope and pray that everyone reflected on the blessings in their lives and encouraged their kids to give thanks along with the adults.
Posted at 2:00pm Thursday 28th November 2013
Perhaps one of the most enjoyable aspects of doing this series of columns is ruffling feathers and reflecting – often with humor – on my own life and wife. Since my wife rarely reads my columns, I can write whatever I want with relative impunity. Of course, I’m ALWAYS writing the exact truth. It’s never slanted or biased from my male point-of-view. I’m the objective journalist with this series.
Posted at 12:00pm Thursday 21st November 2013
There are so many clichés around parenting that I could literally fill a book. I like “no one said it would be easy” for parenting and many things. In fact, most of the best things in life aren’t “easy.” They may be fun, but they are often not easy. Dennis Prager has often talked about this very fact when he speaks on happiness and differentiates between what makes us happy and what is simply fun.
Posted at 3:41pm Tuesday 12th November 2013
In this era of Helicopter Parents and more government entitlements and “babysitting,” it’s no wonder our children aka young adults, are less and less able to take care of themselves. Pampered, spoiled, entitled, dependent, are some of the words that come to mind when I think about older teens and young people in college and recent graduates. Why is this the case? Like most social issues, it isn’t black or white, but a combination of factors, which I’ll try to illuminate from this dad’s point of view.
Posted at 1:00pm Wednesday 6th November 2013
No one likes to lose but the irony is that losing is often better for us. I love Bruce Springsteen’s music (hate his politics) and I think he covered this idea so well in “Glory Days” where he sings about the high school baseball star who reflects on those days in high school where he probably “peaked,” along with the cute cheerleader who is now divorced and taking care of her kids, alone.
Posted at 12:00pm Wednesday 30th October 2013
I just love commercials and the incredible lies or, to put it nicely, exaggerations that most exclaim. I do enjoy many of the classic commercials from the past and present and get a kick – so to speak – out of the ones made expressly for The Super Bowl. But, if we allow our children to watch a lot of commercial television and therefore a lot of commercials, we are allowing Madison Avenue (yes those “Mad” people) to pollute their minds!
Posted at 3:00pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013
I can’t believe I haven’t taken on cars in this series on Men vs. Women! There are such gigantic differences in how we look at, buy, appreciate, and deal with the horseless carriage. In many ways, I think our respective attitude about cars is emblematic of our attitudes about most everything. Again, this is not a right or wrong, just a big difference.
Posted at 11:00am Wednesday 16th October 2013
It was an iconic movie moment when Albert Finney, in Paddy Chayevsky’s movie Network screamed out, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more!” I wonder how many readers saw that movie when it came out? Or even know of it at all? My question is why is everyone so angry these days over often very trivial things?
Posted at 8:00am Wednesday 9th October 2013
Writers never know what is going to connect, resonate, please, and/or anger readers. Staying Single (Part One) achieved that.
Posted at 1:00pm Thursday 3rd October 2013
Whenever there’s a mass shooting, the mainstream media and different political factions always want to find someone to blame. The recent shootings at a naval base in D.C. promoted the usual declarations when it was pretty evident that the shooter was simply mentally unstable. So, instead of accusing our society of having a problem, why not just fix the issue of letting mentally unstable people not only have access to guns, but have unfettered freedom?