Tony Conley, first time father over 50, shares the joys and lessons of fatherhood in “the dude chronicles,” all about Ian’s child development journey.

Safety Is Job One!

And, it’s a two-way street! I generally have five or six guitars perched on their stands around my house, and I have a peculiar tradition regarding their safety and well-being. And my mental health. When I get a new instrument, … Continue reading

Reading Leads to Seeing the World in New Ways

Reading with your child is a seed you plant again and again. One of the most fascinating things about watching a young mind develop is seeing how one thing leads to another, how seeds are planted and how they grow … Continue reading

Road Warrior Family

Ian fell into the life of a road warrior rather easily. When Ian was born, I was commuting every weekend from our home east of Sacramento to Los Angeles to host a weekly radio show. The trip was a 6-hour … Continue reading

Age 4 Independent Study

Ian’s ability to self-regulate and maintain focus, letting his natural curiosity guide exploration and learning. Boy, that’s a mouthful, but for me, it’s summation is this: Give a kid enough space! Very early on in this adventure called parenting, I … Continue reading

Reconfiguring Life – Pregnancy and A New Baby

Ian “the dude” Conley came along relatively late in his parent’s lives (Monica was 42 years old, I was 53), so, as I’m sure you can imagine, his arrival did signal some changes. The good news is that most of … Continue reading