"Dads in the delivery room" has arisen as a topic several times lately and, to my surprising, it has often been by people saying they are against it.Instead, they want a return to keeping dads out.Some dads I know have written about witnessing the birth of their child having dampened the spark of marital intimacy with their wife. One “expert” claims a man’s presence causes the mother more stress, prolonging labor and increasing the need for more medications or C-sections. Another even suggests that if a man is there he can’t really do anything and ends up feeling like a failure of a … [Read more...]
Babies / pregnancy
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I’m one of those parents who gave his kid a weird name.I know. It’s kind of weird. The wife and I weren’t sure about it either. In fact, there are days where I’m still not sure we made the right decision.Our first two kids have regular names. Sure, they’re kind of hipster-cool/over-popular, but we like the names we gave them just the same. She’s Harper: Her name was inspired by author Harper Lee and musician Ben Harper. He’s Wyatt; we gave him a laid-back name that could fit easily on the nameplate of a future judge’s office or on a blue-collar work shirt. And the Weird Name is … [Read more...]
Like all first time expecting parents, I knew everything. Not as much as people who don’t have kids, they’re the true experts. But one thing I knew for sure was that my children would be bilingual.My wife and I are both sign language interpreters. Her parents are deaf. On top of that, we both have backgrounds in education and linguistics. We understood language acquisition. Our kids were going to learn American Sign Language (ASL). It was a no brainer.“Oh! You should look into baby signs!” people would say to us when they found out our backgrounds.This would be the cue for my wife … [Read more...]
DISCLOSURE: This post is sponsored by Huggies® diapers and wipes.Eight p.m. – clock out time. This used to mean coming home for dinner, catching up on television shows or a movie. But these days, it’s a little different. Once I leave work, I have to get pumped up for my daily game of “Catch Me If You Can.”Now that our growing 11-month old son is mobile, the days of sitting him in his car seat or bouncer are long gone. We’ve child-proofed our home: edge cushions for furniture, electrical outlet covers, we keep more doors closed, and use baby gates for stairs to insure his safety in … [Read more...]
DISCLOSURE: This post is sponsored by Huggies® diapers and wipes as part of our partnership in their "No Baby Unhugged" campaign.Welcoming a daughter into the world 18 months ago was a game-changing experience that helped me discover a different side of myself as a father -- more empathetic, tender and affectionate. I don't love her more than my son, just differently. As an at-home dad, I'm present and spend quality time with my daughter each day from showering her with loads of hugs and kisses, preparing meals, changing diapers, reading books and carving out ample time to play.I … [Read more...]