DISCLOSURE: This post is sponsored by Huggies®. Hugging my children has such a positive impact on my life. It makes me feel better during my worst moments and most challenging days. It comforts me in the morning when I send my kids off to school. It warms my heart in the afternoon when they return home. These emotional and physiological outcomes are all wonderful, but I’ve never tried to understand the science and culture of why that is so. Fortunately, I learned someone else has. The Huggies Parents Council, a diverse group of moms and dads from around the nation who care deeply … [Read more...]
Babies / pregnancy
These articles are all about babies, pregnancy and baby/pregnancy related issues.
I'm generally open about being a transgender man even if most people assume I'm a cisgender man (meaning I was born male). I'm often seen as a gay man. This is fine with me since I identify as queer, but it confuses people when they learn I'm married to a woman. One situation where this confusion comes up, but is rarely discussed aloud, takes place when I am out alone with my son. On a good day, I'm 5-foot, 5-inches tall. My 22-month-old is the size of most 3-year-olds. Since I'm a work-at-home dad, I'm often the only parent people encounter when I take him to a class or the playground. … [Read more...]
Our family’s most memorable summer road trip occurred when our two daughters were quite young -- and quite needy, as it turns out. My wife and I were taking the family to our hometown, a three-hour drive away. The first two hours went smoothly. My 3-month-old drifted between sleep and blank stares, and my 3-year-old napped before starting to watch a movie. We had recently indulged in a minivan with a DVD player, which was unthinkable a few years previous but I admit was wonderful for family trips. Granted, I had explained to my daughter that the mysterious video machine only worked when we … [Read more...]
After many discussions, my wife and I decided I would become a stay-at-home dad (SAHD) when our child, The Understudy, turned 2 months old. At the time, I worked as a very important master of the burrito industry. It took a lot of time away from my new family and caused even more distractions when I was actually at home. At first, we were both skeptical about whether I would thrive in my new position. Would it be enough daily stimulation, interaction, conflict, etc. to get my juices flowing? And then, I left my job and it suddenly became very real. I initially looked at it like this: … [Read more...]
Prior to becoming a dad, I worried about the effect this new role would have on my relationships – the one with my wife and also with my friends. It didn’t take too long to learn that worrying is as much a part of new parenthood as sleepless nights, dirty diapers and repeatedly singing dull lullabies to soothe the crying baby. Some of these worries are just the result of our own “mental mushrooming” – it’s easy to blow things out of proportion since everything is so new. Then again, some fears are completely valid. Among them are the changes to one’s social life. As scary as it seemed in … [Read more...]