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 save money raising your baby 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 … [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...]
' How Toddlers Thrive ' is the best book on raising toddlers I’ve come across. Shortly after arriving at the table, my family begins to eat. Within minutes, our 2-year-old begins to squirm and attempts to get down. He pushes away plates, almost spilling drinks and knocking over bowls and other table settings. Does that scenario sound familiar? How about this story? My toddler and I arrive at the playground and soon he is making new friends, one is a girl wearing a cute white fuzzy coat. The girl’s mother and I talk about our kids, their teeth, and a variety of toddler topics. As the … [Read more...]
In a vacuum, the notion that we dads and moms and other parties involved in the childhood business will positively impact the world simply by placing more decent, kind, confident, strong, and loving girls into it is a fallacy.
A Utopian dream. A marketing ploy. A wish upon a star. Raising strong girls is not enough.Raising strong girls is not enough because a strong girl, even the strongest of mind, body, will, and spirit, can too easily be fractured into a thousand unrecognizable pieces, a glass bottle of glitter shattered on a Venetian tile floor, by a … [Read more...]
One rainy, winter day in the recent past About 12:30 p.m. at Papa Gino's in Kingston, Mass.. Dear Frustrated Mom, I feel for you. I genuinely mean that. We have all been there. It's one of those days where nothing seems to be working out and the odds are stacked against you. Two young kids, a busy schedule ... all the stress you could ever ask for ... and you simply can't catch a break. Oh yes. Been there, done that! I bet every person here knows what it feels like when you get a raw deal of a day like that. It is just awful. Plain and simple. I've only caught one small glimpse … [Read more...]