Parenting Life

Stop Shitting On Dads. Enough With Dad Bashing

I’m a great dad. I wholeheartedly know this. Maybe you feel that’s arrogant, but that’s kind of the point. Even in today’s age where hearing someone say “stay-at-home-dad” doesn’t really raise an eyebrow, I still see so many jokes and stories celebrating dads for doing simple parenting tasks. Look, I’m really easy going, so I find some of these to…

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Ear Tubes For Toddlers Explained By A Dad

My younger son recently got ear tubes. It’s a very common procedure. It’s estimated that about 80% of children will have at least one ear infection by the age of three. Relatedly, about 7% of children have ear tubes by age three. My older son only had one ear infection by the time he was three, but my younger son…

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Things This Teacher Wants Parents To Do

Teachers are largely under appreciated. Being a longtime teacher, I know I’m biased. There are certainly bad teachers, but there are also bad lawyers, bad doctors, and bad construction workers. When you have excellent teachers though, they are invaluable. But no matter how great and dedicated a teacher is, there’s no question that the parenting of a student is still…

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6 Teaching Practices That Make For Effective Parenting

As a long time teacher, I often think about the strong correlation between effective teaching practices and effective parenting. Even before I had kids, my colleagues and I would discuss the strong parenting traits that helped students thrive while lamenting the lack of parenting that hindered students. It often seemed that the same practices that were successful in teaching applied…

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Don’t Be A Lax Parent With Your Kids’ Screen Time

Just one generation ago, the idea of kids watching a show on a laptop while shopping with parents was ludicrous. Today however, this is a common sight. So is seeing kids staring at a screen in a restaurant instead of actually talking with the family. Previous generations did just fine shopping and eating out without the aid of a screen,…

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Why I Love Fatherhood, Through The Senses

I love being a dad. I really do. Fatherhood was always something I believed I would really take to and enjoy. Since having my first son and then my second, this belief has been more than confirmed. Recently, as I was thinking about my two sons, I thought about the various reasons I love and am sentimental about being a…

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Why My Wife And I Fight More After Kids

I imagine most people put in serious thought before deciding to go down the path of parenthood as having a kid is a significant life changing event. (I would argue the most significant). However, I wonder how much couples think about how having kids will impact their relationship. I mean truly think about. I think a lot of couples are…

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A Dad’s Second Doula Story

My wife, Jillian, and I were blessed with the pregnancy of our second son two and a half years after our first was born. (At the time, we didn’t know the gender as we waited with both of our kids.) A common discussion topic we had throughout this second pregnancy was Jillian’s hope for a more “typical” birth experience. My…

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Take Your Kids On Public Transportation

Boys like trucks and girls like dolls is the common adage. For my older son, this is definitely the case. He’s loved vehicles since he was very little. As I’m typing this, he’s watching an hour-long YouTube video of footage of real trains with no music or narration…and he’s completely engrossed. (It’s a bit too early to tell if our…

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