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.

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

Fathering at Fifty

The closest experience that I can somewhat equate with fatherhood would be going to college while simultaneously holding down a full-time job. I remember being inundated with new information in both situations, but it was all manageable. The tough part … Continue reading

Ian Goes Shopping

I’ve just recently discovered the unbridled joy of taking Ian toy shopping, but we’ve loved taking our son shopping since he was tiny. He loves it, and so do we. This has created a need for me to be more … Continue reading