I learned about Kids Bowl Free last summer and I am excited to begin another sweltering season knocking down some pins with my kids in some air-conditioned lanes. Here’s how it works: Parents must sign their kids up through www.KidsBowlFree.com. With participating locations all over the United States, chances are you will be able to find a bowling alley near you. Once you sign up, tickets will be emailed to you. Each kid will be able to play two free games of bowling each day. The only thing you’ll have to pay for is the shoe rental. My 3-year-old bowls with a ramp while my 8- and … [Read more...]
Joshua Braff’s novel The Daddy Diaries will be shelved with the parenting books instead of in the fiction section of my personal library. And by library, I mean the bookshelves next to my piano. Don’t get me wrong -- it is a novelization of family life, but it hits so close to my own life that at times I felt like I was reading non-fiction, and I bet that it would seem very real to many men who read this book. The Daddy Diaries tells the story of Jay, a writer turned househusband, (see why I connected?) after he uproots his children and wife from San Francisco to St. Petersburg, Fla. … [Read more...]
The best thing my wife ever did for me after my son was born was nothing. Let me explain. Babies were a mystery to me when my son was born. Lamaze classes are great, but once you’re holding that squirming and peeing baby, everything goes out the window. The only thing I was confident doing when my son was born was changing diapers. I used to work with developmentally disabled adults and had changed thousands of diapers, so I had diapering down. Everything else? Clueless. Clueless, but fearless. I was completely confident that I was going to “get it.” And I was determined to do … [Read more...]
Over the summer, I had to decline an invitation to be a part of an “expert” parenting panel on Fox and Friends to discuss a few topics including the latest round of the "can working parents have it all" discussion. So I'll sum up the thoughts here: the concept of "having it all" is ridiculous! You can’t have it all. Nobody can and nobody ever has. Even work-from-home parents can’t have it all because they are sacrificing something. Whether it’s missing out on time with their kids because they need to be left alone for a few minutes so they can get some work done (that’s me) or not making … [Read more...]
We walked through the store at the Bronx Zoo and sat my son’s pacifier on the shelf. Gripping his new stuffed gorilla tightly and sporting a quivering lower lip, he waved goodbye to the thing that had comforted him on so many nights and so many upsetting moments.
With a sad heart, I too turned my back on my old comforting friend and walked toward the cash register.
If you have a child using a pacifier, you know it can be the greatest tool in your parental utility belt. … [Read more...]