I’ve never had a good memory. I’m not great with names at parties. I frequently forget items on my mental shopping list when I go to buy groceries. I’m forever trying to remember where I left my sunglasses, before realizing they’re perched on top of my head.It’s not a product of aging – I’ve always had a hard time remembering stuff. My husband and daughter get frustrated when they have to remind me about past conversations.“Dad,” Riley said to me the other day, “Did you sign that form?”“Honey, I have no idea what you’re talking about.”“I gave you the form last week, and I told … [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 oldest child in our house is turning 8. This shouldn't seem like that big of a deal.
It’s still single digits. Our state and federal governments confer no additional privileges upon 8-year-olds. She won’t change schools. It should just be another number signifying that she’s still a decade away from moving out (i.e., not soon). Right?
Not to me.
In 1983 – the year I turned 8 – was huge. In a way, it was the beginning of my childhood.
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...]
I recently stood in the middle of a madhouse.
Kids in electric-orange socks, like a too-bright dystopian fantasy, sprinted past me in every direction. Adults in coordinating electric-orange t-shirts stood guard. All that was missing was the heavy arm of an unseen totalitarian regime.
Only, it wasn't exactly missing.
I was there with my sneakers off, firmly in the grasp of a kid's birthday party planning existential crisis.
Here's … [Read more...]