When summer break officially ended for me, a teacher, and my kids a few weeks ago, it got me thinking about the similarities and differences between teaching and parenting. Here are my Top 5 similarities: 1. You can’t use the bathroom when you want. In school your schedule is regimented by bells. There are bells in your sleep. When you have a classroom full if students, you can’t just leave them when nature calls. Likewise, when you have young children, you can’t always just drop what you are doing and visit the little boys room. Such is life. The difference? While you can’t visit the … [Read more...]
Starting school last year was difficult for our family. It seemed like every morning for the first month my son Jake would break down when he got to the classroom, begging me not to leave. It broke my heart. His teachers finally approached me and explained he might do better if he had a consistent morning routine. At the time, we didn't have a routine. Getting him ready for school was chaotic. So I developed a plan where he would wake up and go potty then have breakfast, get dressed and watch TV for a bit while we waited to walk out the door. Surely it would work. It did for a while, but … [Read more...]
Kids are back at school, and – duh – they all need brain-dead stuff like a backpack, notebooks and pencils. But my kid is special, see. My kid is a snowflake. He’s got pencils, but he needs pizzazz. So naturally, I’ve compiled a list of the top five things (there’s more, dudes, but attention span) that my special little snowflake needs for back-to-school time. Your kid probably doesn’t need them because I’ve seen your kid. He’s OK, but he’s all boogery and I can tell from the look in his eye that he’s not a go-getter. You want a go-getter? Dude, you can’t handle a go-getter if you even … [Read more...]
Editor's Note: Who loves the Atlanta children’s museum more than us? Our kids, of course. Our week-long celebration of "Summer in Our City Dads Group Cities" heads south.
One of the favorite places the boys and I like to visit is The Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Granted it seems like a no-brainer that a place with such a title would be one of our favorites, but they were slow to warm up to it. Now that they are 2 and 4 they love it because every exhibit has some sort of hands-on component.
It varies as … [Read more...]
I have always been a vocal proponent of public schooling. My wife and I view public school as part of the social contract that binds our country together. We actively participate in our kids’ education and I am currently the PTA president and in the past I have been VP and treasurer. While I think the teachers and administration at my children’s school are fantastic, at the moment, I feel like throwing my hands up in the air and, in a sense, waving them like I just don’t care. They are involved and care about the students, but the regulations, Common Core and testing along with the … [Read more...]