Disclosure: This potty time post is sponsored by Pull-Ups® Training Pants. All thoughts and opinions are the author's. In a parent’s life, you see true joy and excitement in your child’s eye at a few special moments: when he is presented with his first birthday cake, taking his first steps or, in my son’s case, when he saw a box full of Pull-Ups® Training Pants with Mickey Mouse on them. That’s right, my son was ecstatic about opening the big box that arrived with enough training pants to get him ready to join the Pull-Ups® Potty Partnership. This box and its contents are the … [Read more...]
If I couldn't contribute to my family, couldn't care for my daughter, then I shouldn't be here anymore. I started writing a letter to my wife and children.
+ + +As summer neared its end, it appeared no teaching positions would be available for me in the Chicago public school system that upcoming year. I had to look at my options. I relished the fact that no full-time job meant I would be able to take my daughter to her first day of kindergarten, help out at her school and pick her up every day. I picked up odd jobs here and there to help us out … [Read more...]
My son recently celebrated his 2nd birthday. These past two years have flown by. It feels like he was just learning to crawl the other day and now he is running around, getting into the refrigerator and keeping me up late on some nights. There are days I just stare at him when he is destroying the playroom and I wonder to myself, "What kind of father am I to him? Am I really getting him prepared for the future?" I guess I will get the answer to these questions as the years progress, but I decided I will write him a letter, just in case he needs direction: Hey, big guy, Let me start … [Read more...]
The Chicago Dads Group recently attended "What's Happy Got to Do With It?," a workshop with parenting expert Dr. Deborah Gilboa and sponsored by The Second City comedy group that let us find fun in how we parents deal with certain issues that come up when raising kids. One thing I got out of that workshop that I use every night with my little girl was the game of "High-Low-High." According to "Dr. G:" High-Low-High teaches kids that everyone has fun and struggles each day. Resilience is the ability to overcome a difficult experience, and this reminds them that they can, and often, and … [Read more...]
Editor’s Note: Your tour guide, Chicago Dads Group co-organizer Victor Aragon, takes you through one of the Windy City's nicest outdoor venues in this morning's stop on our week-long celebration of “Summer in Our City Dads Group Cities.” I love to go with my family to Millennium Park in downtown Chicago. It's a huge tourist destination for good reason: it's location just off The Loop, Cloud Gate -- a.k.a. The Bean reflective sculpture, proximity to the Lake Michigan, and it's just a great place to walk around and enjoy some family time in the city. A variety of events are always … [Read more...]