10 quirky life lessons from a single dad

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Father and son
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My friend Ben is one of the best dads I know. A very successful (read: busy) attorney, he is also raising a wonderful son with what seems to be just the right mix of affection, discipline, and humor. This is not easy to do under any circumstances, but what's truly awe-inspiring is the fact that Ben is doing this largely on his own. Even those of us with great support teams (spouses, friendly ex-spouses, grandparents, and the like) sometimes feel overwhelmed by the responsibilities of parenting; to see someone do it so well all by himself is incredible.

So I asked Ben how he does it. And this was his answer:

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