Our mother-daughter and father-son split Saturday morning was one of necessity. We had to solve for multiple events happening at the same time.Mama and daughter were up early that day of the Women’s March, packing snacks and deciding what to wear. Mama had furiously knit three of the famous “pussyhats” out of pink yarn — for friends and for my daughter. She’s now making three more for friends as far away as England while my daughter continues proudly wearing hers to school all week.As they left the house for the train station that morning, my son was putting on his Cub Scout uniform … [Read more...]
Editor's Note: The journey to and through fatherhood of Boston Dads Group member Robbie Samuels offers him a unique perspective on what it means to be a modern dad and raise a son in the 21st century. Here is his story.A magical thing happened on Dec. 15, 2015, at 9:11 p.m. I became a father.While I had been planning for that moment all throughout my wife’s pregnancy — immersing myself in researching baby gear for our registry and reading parenting books — I could not have been prepared for what it felt like when my son finally arrived.That day I joined the brotherhood of … [Read more...]
When I asked my 12-year-old daughter what she learned at her week-long sleep-away camp last summer, she replied: “Dad, some people pee in lakes.”I loved her nonchalant delivery of such an intriguing detail. I also loved the gender-neutrality of her use of “some people,” which created a bubble of mystery I chose not to burst.As a veteran stay-at-home father, one of my favorite aspects of camping is precisely its gender-neutrality, or at least gender role flexibility. As my extended family plans for another camping experience, I look forward to my daughters, nieces and nephews once again … [Read more...]
Had I just used the profit motive for a less-than-fully ethical purpose? If I had a son, would I have gone to such lengths to justify the charity part of his sale?
+ + +“Can we have a lemonade stand?”As parent, you have probably heard this summery question at one time or another.As a stay-at-home dad, I often helped my two daughters with their many stands during their younger years. To teach them about charity, however, I would insist that 50 percent of the profits go to our local food bank. They enjoyed making a little money, and I enjoyed their … [Read more...]
She may say she doesn’t care if kids make fun of her unshaven legs, but I say no one wants to have other kids sign her yearbook: “Have a great summer, Sasquatch.”
+ + +My 14-year-old daughter and I have the following argument every Sunday night about teen hygiene:Me: Did you do everything you need to do?Her: What do you mean?Me: You know what I mean. The list of things we talked about.Her: (grumble mutter grumble mutter)Me: It’s not a big deal. Just basic grooming stuff. We've talked about this.Her: You know, it’s really weird that … [Read more...]