What Do I Tell My Kid About God, When I Don’t Know What To Tell Myself About God?

Dear Sober Dad,

My five-year-old is asking about God. I’ve only been sober for six months, and I’m still struggling with the concept myself. Who am I to say anything?

– Ted B., Roanoke, Virginia


Dear Ted,

Who knows more about God than you do?

Nobody. Everything we “know” about God is just an educated guess. Continue reading “What Do I Tell My Kid About God, When I Don’t Know What To Tell Myself About God?”

My Kid Has Way Too Much Homework. What Do I Do?

Dear Sober Dad,

My third grader has way too much homework. I don’t even think they should have homework at all at that age. I’ve talked to the teacher, but they won’t make any changes. What do I do?

Jerry R., Sabetha, Kansas


Dear Jerry,

Sober Dad is outraged by the amount, and perhaps even the existence, of homework, especially for younger children.

We adults are constantly hectored to maintain a healthy work-life balance, and yet we are encouraging our children to “take their work home with them” by giving them homework every night. Continue reading “My Kid Has Way Too Much Homework. What Do I Do?”

When My Kids Fight, What Should I Do?

Dear Sober Dad,

What do you advise about interceding when your kids fight?

Lucy M., Santa Barbara, California.


Dear Lucy,

I can’t advise; I can only suggest, and I’ll share with you what’s worked for me.

I believe in two theories of law enforcement when it comes to raising children. One is called community policing and the other is the broken windows approach. Continue reading “When My Kids Fight, What Should I Do?”