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Jorge Fitz-GibbonJorge Fitz-Gibbon’s career as a journalist has spanned 23 years, including stints at The New York Daily News and The Journal News. He is the father of an 11-year-old boy, and has been a single dad for seven of those years, recently working on building a blended family. He blogs for LoHud.com on parenting and music, drawing on his passion for both. Both come together in his life as well: His son currently plays guitar and saxophone, while Jorge is a guitar player with Bud Metro and the Corrections, The Journal News’ on-again, off-again newsroom band. Not surprisingly, Jorge’s love for classic rock and metal has rubbed off on his son, whose debut performance at a school talent show was Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man.” Now they’re working on Led Zeppelin and keeping his grades up in school.

E-mail Jorge Fitz-Gibbon at jfitzgib@lohud.com

Entries written by Jorge Fitz-Gibbon

Telling the kids when recession hits home

August
20

Not a pleasant thought but a very real one these days. The truth is unemployment is soaring and the economy continues to sputter. Every job, including our own, is facing looming layoffs and perhaps salary cuts for those that remain. How the hell to tell the kids? I have a few friends in this position, […]

Posted by Jorge Fitz-Gibbon on August 20th, 2009 | 5 Comments »

When kids die

August
3

It’s been maybe 12 years since I wrote about Shayna Bryant. Shayna was tiny, and by the time she died she was painfully emaciated and brutally abused. I was working for the New York Daily News, covering the Bronx County Courthouse, and it fell on me to cover her death. When crime scene photos were […]

Posted by Jorge Fitz-Gibbon on August 3rd, 2009 | 1 Comment »

When do we walk on Saturn?

July
20

I was 7 when the first moon walk took place. When the second one came around, I was in the second grade, and we all sat down in the hallway at school to watch the grainy image on a black-and-white TV. It was fascinating stuff for a kid. How do you put that in perspective […]

Posted by Jorge Fitz-Gibbon on July 20th, 2009 | 1 Comment »

Our blended family vacation

July
13

There’s always a unique kind of dynamic with these situations — in our case two parents, each with their own child. That’s our blended family. Last week we all hauled ourselves upstate and settled into a lakeside cabin, and I came away with some observations. The interesting dynamic is how a blended family operates in […]

Posted by Jorge Fitz-Gibbon on July 13th, 2009 | 5 Comments »

Recommended: Pacem in Terris

June
22

Pretty unique and rewarding Father’s Day for me this year, and something I’d recommend. We shelved the idea of a cookout or a ballgame this time out, and instead headed upstate to Warwick to visit Pacem in Terris — six acres of sculpture and meditation gardens along the Wawayanda River. The gardens are the life […]

Posted by Jorge Fitz-Gibbon on June 22nd, 2009 | 5 Comments »

Study: Dads like breadwinner role but want time with kids

June
17

Some interesting statistics coming out of CareerBuilder.com’s pre-Father’s Day poll of working dads. In a nutshell, the poll of 797 dads who work full-time found that fewer fathers would be willing to let their spouse or significant other be the main breadwinner, but many were still willing to take a pay cut in exchange for […]

Posted by Jorge Fitz-Gibbon on June 17th, 2009 | 3 Comments »

Father’s Day a little less bountiful this year – but not by much

June
15

Dads can expect a little less for Father’s Day this year, but we can still count on our fair share of neckties and dinners. At least that’s what we’re getting from the National Retail Federation, which says the average Father’s Day spending will be about $90.89 this year, a slight dip from the $94.54 average […]

Posted by Jorge Fitz-Gibbon on June 15th, 2009 | 2 Comments »

Playground parenting and other issues

June
11

I made an observation at the playground when my son was very young. Namely, parents seem to hover. The problem with this is that it seems to me that kids aren’t allowed to learn a very basic life skill at the playground: Conflict resolution. If two kids have a beef at the monkey bars, there’s […]

Posted by Jorge Fitz-Gibbon on June 11th, 2009 | Comments Off

Playing hooky: a parental judgement call

May
24

Well, I did it: I kept my son out of school on Friday even though he had two tests and a project due. And I hope I’m not getting him in trouble by posting on it. Okay, so the truth is I arranged with his teachers to have him take both tests on Thursday, and hand […]

Posted by Jorge Fitz-Gibbon on May 24th, 2009 | 3 Comments »

My son and the icy little “planet”

May
18

I remember one of my son’s first trips to the Museum of Natural History years ago. He was at the height of his interest in astronomy — one of those rites of passage evey kid seems to go through. It’s like the interest all kids develop at one time or another in dinosaurs. So there […]

Posted by Jorge Fitz-Gibbon on May 18th, 2009 | 7 Comments »

When is Blended Family Day?

May
13

Here’s a built-in problem in blended families: You never have the whole family together for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. There’s a simple reason for it. Namely, my son will always be with his mom on Mother’s Day (as he was earlier this month) and my girlfriend’s son will be with his dad on Father’s […]

Posted by Jorge Fitz-Gibbon on May 13th, 2009 | 2 Comments »

A dad’s place is…. on a blog

April
23

Leave it to a dad’s blog to make this case, but the Examiner’s fatherhood blog has put out a list of five reasons why dad blogs are worth keeping an eye one. You can read the post here. (Kathy Gardner/The Journal News) Obviously, Parents Place is a general parenting blog, with capable dads AND moms […]

Posted by Jorge Fitz-Gibbon on April 23rd, 2009 | 3 Comments »

National Provider Appreciation Day coming in May

April
16

The folks at Child Care Aware sent out a reminder that next month will bring National Provider Appreciation Day, when child care providers we entrust with our kids get honorable mention. Not a bad idea, depending on the care the kids receive. We’ve been lucky that way, so I figured I would send CCA’s press […]

Posted by Jorge Fitz-Gibbon on April 16th, 2009 | Comments Off

Who lays down the law?

April
10

Who wears the pants in a blended family? More to the point, who handles discipline? According to blended-family blogger Cathy Meyer, the biological parent should discipline their own child or children. The stepparent should, in turn, deal with their own child. Well, it’s an interesting dilema. I find that in our home my girlfriend and […]

Posted by Jorge Fitz-Gibbon on April 10th, 2009 | 4 Comments »

Shameless proud parent post

March
27

No, not from me. But this is something that really moved me and I felt it was worth sharing. A co-worker today attended the Westchester County Women’s Hall of Fame Awards luncheon, at which his daughter was receiving the Merrill Lynch Westchester Leadership Award. I think her words best relay why she was worthy of […]

Posted by Jorge Fitz-Gibbon on March 27th, 2009 | Comments Off

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Parents’ Place is a hangout for openly discussing the A’s to Z’s of raising a child in the Lower Hudson Valley. From deciding when to stop using a binky to when to let your teenager take driving lessons, Parents’ Place is here to let us all vent, share, and most of all, learn from each other.
Leading the conversation are Julie Moran Alterio, a business reporter and mom of a toddler, Jorge Fitz-Gibbon, a reporter and single father with joint custody of a 9-year-old son, and Len Maniace, a reporter and father of two sons.


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