Mike Dariano


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10 Ways to be a Bad Dad

I don't know everything about how to be a good father, I probably don't know half or a tenth of it. All I can really testify to is that I know how to keep children alive, whether I'm good father or not I don't know. I do know ways to be a bad dad because sometimes I am.

In writing this list I was saddened by how many moments I've had displaying these things. Ooof. Thanks to @jaltucher, jamesaltucher.com who wrote a similar post on being a bad husband.

Own Your Life

On Tynan

One of the great sacrifices of subjecting kids to school is that it trains them to ask for permission for everything, from turning in work late, to changing to a different class, to more mundane things like going to the bathroom. It's a tradeoff, of course: condition kids to seek permission for everything, and by doing so enable a system to exist where they receive an education.

Maybe that's a worthwhile tradeoff, and maybe it's not. But the real harm in it, in my opinion anyway, is that when we leave school, we're still in the habit of asking permission for everything. That's dangerous.

A manifestation of this that I come across with frequently is the questions that people send me by email. Here's a paraphrased template, which covers a good 60%+ of the emails I get from strangers:

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