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The Boston Tragedy Should Remind Us Dads To Stay Strong (guest post)

By Gregory Keer

As we all try to work through the details of the senseless attack at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, it’s vital that we remind ourselves that we must be strong for our children, keep the youngest ones out of earshot and eyesight of the media frenzy, and to try to answer the inevitable questions from older children with cautiousness but also assuredness that we will keep them safe. If you wish, read a few more suggestions on how to talk to your kids during this difficult time.

I’m in the midst of teaching a novel called The Road, by Cormac McCarthy, to an amazingly insightful group of 11th grade students. We have been learning together that, despite the book’s raw depiction of the inhumanity surrounding a father and son in a post-apocalyptic world, these lead characters show remarkable sturdiness and faith in one another. The boy, it seems, has faith that there are still good people out there, even in the most bleak circumstances.

We are all on some kind of road, filled with crimes of terror, yes, but also acts of incredible love and kindness. Our kids require us to remember this.


Gregory Keer is an award-winning columnist, educator, and on-air expert on fatherhood. He has written his Family Man® column since 2001, when he began the monthly stories of life as a modern dad while he served as editor-in-chief at Los Angeles Family magazine. Over the years, the column has been read by hundreds of thousands of readers across the country in dozens of parenting magazines both in print and online.

Keer’s story-telling columns and advice-oriented articles have led to numerous print, Internet, and TV appearances. He has been on air with PBS, FOX News, and Radio Dad with Mike Austin, as well as a number of local news programs. His articles and expert quotes have been published in USA Today,Parenting magazine, Newsday, Redbook, Disney’s,,, and Additionally, Keer’s work has been published in textbooks on parenthood and education.

As a high school educator, Keer works with teens as a grade-level dean, director of student co-curricular activities, and a teacher of Film, History, and English. At home, Keer and his Child Development Professor wife are frequently outsmarted by their three boys, ages 6, 9, and 13.

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