Posts tagged Parenting
I read this story about Isabella Dutton last week when it was initially published and wanted to pass on making any comment since I knew she had created a self inflicted firestorm that was totally in her right to do so.
Let’s be clear: I don’t fault Ms. Dutton for her feelings about her children. Children are not for everyone. I don’t feel sad or otherwise bothered that some people look at children as nothing more than work. I expect she will get a lot of criticism for not having the ‘normal’ motherly feelings, whatever that means, but when I read it More >
Anagrams galore. I will be blunt as to the singular reason for this particular post — hope. As many parents — or attempting parents — have found out, ease of conception and age don’t mix. Simply put — waiting to have children can easily put a wrinkle in the process. I can’t promise it will work if you are trying. In fact, I can’t promise anything. If you are simply looking for a reason to try one more time — that’s all I can give.
And so, in our extended attempt for a second we found ourselves in front of a More >
Some time ago, my wife watched me down a glass of water after dinner and told me I was odd. Me being odd was no surprise to me, but why now? She highlighted the fact that I don’t drink anything while eating but will immediately drink something once I am done.
Huh. This was something I quickly recognized that I do in fact do, but never really thought about it until then. The culprit? As with all things in a man’s life: Mom. I have mentioned in my multiple posts related to childhood obesity, I was a fat kid. Not heavy. More >
I recently read the article My husband, the perfect mom by Ayelet Waldman and I can say this: I appreciate the honesty.
I try to balance everything with the Wifey (again, whiff-ey) — almost to a detrimental degree. Our son is still under three, so we haven’t moved into some of the more complex scheduling of school, work and sports, so I can only go with the needs of now. I feed him. I bathe him. I put him to bed. I give him his booboo buddy when he needs it. I hold him when he cries. I wash his clothes. I More >
Prior to becoming a dad, I worried about how I would emotionally respond to the task as I am not an emotional person. Parents are cliche. I get it. But it is hard not to be. You can read all the articles you want, and listen to all the advice in the world, but none of it can describe what it is to be a parent — so everyone tries and that’s where it all falls to cliche. I think the only thing I can say that I understand better is nature.
I know my son’s personality will be what it will be. My only hope is that I provide enough solid parenting that he becomes a fine upstanding citizen of the world at large. However, there are some personalities that I hope he avoids — and knowing how we can all (or nearly all) relate to driving and the personalities we see on the road, I present them as the 5 Driver Personalities I hope my son avoids:
1. The sitter. Passing lane is for passing — not sitting (or cruising). This personality is simply unconscious. The world around them doesn’t exist. I More >
Long time, no post. Working full-time and being a parent definitely pushes blogging to the bottom of the heap, but I digress. I was getting my fill of CNN.com the other day and came across this opinion piece by Karen Spears Zacharias. Part of me wants to ignore it so that it doesn’t get any more thought — but, well, this IS a blog.
First and foremost – this was an opinion piece, much like this entire blog and I stand by the fact that Karen has every right to her opinion, however, I can disagree with the connection she is trying More >
I should not have to discipline my son. This should be the job of his teacher at daycare and then responsibly handed off to his kindergarten teacher and so on until he graduates high school. At that point, I will have a half-hearted discussion about drinking and safe sex and then rely on the college and professors to make sure he doesn’t contact and STD or drink. If anyone fails along the way, I will blame, lash out and most likely sue to make sure it never happens again.
If you agreed with anything in the last paragraph: LEAVE. You More >
As I was working this post over in my mind, our son came down with the ever mysterious 24-hour stomach bug. Happy one moment, puking on me, the floor and carpet the next and unable to hold water — then back to happy within a few hours. Seems sort of fitting.
There have been multiple articles, studies, reports, anecdotes, and you name it about whether or not parenting truly makes you happy. I was intrigued with a recent article by Shankar Vedantam in Slate.In all honesty, the title caught my attention: “Parents Are Junkies, If parenthood sucks, why do we love More >
Last but not least…
Number 1 : Knowing that it will end
While being a dad is not all fun and games — I wouldn’t trade it for all the free time and irresponsibility I could get for it. There are simply too many awesome things about being a dad to be derailed by a few small annoyances.
Nothing can top going into his room in the morning and hearing the patter of hands and feet as he crosses the crib — the one hand — then two hands — appearing on top of the crib with his bright blue eyes peeking More >