I am not Matthew McConaghey. I am not my own idol. You might be surprised who my idol is. My idol is my 3-year-old daughter. How could a 3-year-old be an idol of someone who is almost 40 years her senior? How could someone who can't care for herself inspire me? Oh, let me count the ways. She expresses love, a lot. My daughter truly has unconditional love for me and her mother. She tells us this without prodding or training. She loves me and expresses this often. We don't do this nearly enough as a society, and it has certainly inspired me to show my love to my wife and child as … [Read more...]
Our 4-year-old daughter recently found love at the Montessori snack table.
My wife and I found her crush on this young boy endearing and heartbreaking. Even for puppy love, our girl approached it with a great deal of thought, effort, and mostly all of her heart. Her innocent questions to us about why mommy and daddy got married (love and friendship) led her into a declaration of marital intent with this poor unsuspecting young boy.
The boy responded to her proposal by insisting that not only was he not … [Read more...]
One of the big lessons I’ve learned being a stay-at-home dad, which I am sure applies to all parents, is when a question is asked, use the shortest most informative answer possible. I do find it very difficult at times to explain things to my kids. I tend to ramble on. I need to pause, think about my answer, so I can communicate it more effectively. I have found at times, I get tongue tied while explaining things to my sons. By the time I do get to the point, it is normally two or three minutes later and both my boys have already moved. It doesn’t help that I am, and always have been, … [Read more...]
Are you a new or expectant dad who is suddenly finding it expensive raising kids? As Bruce Willis said in Die Hard, “Welcome to the party, pal.” You really have to find ways to keep the costs to a minimum because food, entertainment and clothing in particular can take a big bite out of your wallets. Here are some ways to pinch pennies when there are barely any pennies to pinch: Hand-me-down those clothes Forget about the stigma. That myth went out years ago. Young kids outgrow clothes quickly: some pieces may be worn only once or twice before they no longer fit. Why waste your money on … [Read more...]
People often mistake The Hunger Games books as a thoughtful, but light sci-fi series about a young girl’s battle against government oppression. It’s really about the game of parenting. An exhausting race against time. You often have few resources and little support. Competition is brutal and the games are never really over. Never. When my wife announced she was with Tribute for District 30-ish, I immediately stepped forward to volunteer as the other Tribute. I knew she’d need me to survive. We would enter the Hunger Games arena as a couple. That would play well with potential … [Read more...]