Have you ever lied about your age? As a kid and teenager I was always trying to look and act older. My best friend and I would regularly tell girls we would meet that we were a year or two older than we actually were. In turn we expected that girls were doing that to us as well and we had a “subtract at least two years” policy for whatever age a girl said she was. It was tricky at times because when we were 14 we couldn’t really say we were 16, or then we’d have to explain why we didn’t have our drivers license yet. And when we were 16 we couldn’t say we were 18 or it might come up that we couldn’t get into some 18 and up dance club. It’s a delicate balance to keep track of all your lies to strangers. At some point in life, however, the lie flips. No one wants to add years to their age, they are trying to take them off.
Dear Dad to-be,
Congrats! Your life will never be the same. For better or worse, the birth of your first child is an event that will forever change you. So much of becoming a new parent focuses on moms. There is good reason, moms do all of the hard work for the first 9 months, but once your baby is born you are just as much a part of the action as mom. Dads have an important role to play. I have decided to share some of my experiences in raising my 4 kids so you can have a little glimpse of What to Expect When You are Expecting…to be a Dad. Continue reading 12 Truths About Becoming a 1st Time Dad
Golden Trouble. Watching a movie and watching kids are two totally different beasts. Silence really is desirable in a movie theater. I don’t want my house to be a screaming chaotic train wreck for 18 hours a day but when the whole house is pin-drop quiet I get uneasy. Allow me to back track just a moment…that 2 to 3 hours of quiet that I get during nap time is like a mini luxury vacation. However, if I know the kids are awake and the house has gone into stealth mode it usually means bad things.
As a stay at home dad, I don’t get all caught up in trying to portray some manly macho image to my kids or to the world to counter act the fact that I stay home and do a traditionally female role. It honestly doesn’t cross my mind 99% of the time. We have 3 boys and 1 girl and I can’t say that I go around intentionally trying to steer their play time toward “gender appropriate” toys. If my daughter wants to play with monster trucks or footballs then I let her and if my boys want to play with princesses and baby dolls then I let them do that too.
There comes a moment in every child’s life when they finally figure out how to move around. Gone are the days when you could place your child in the middle of the living room with a few toys and go to the bathroom knowing that when you returned they would still be right in the middle of the room. Now if you turn your head for a second they are army crawling toward the exits. It is at this moment a decision must be made.
Are you going to baby-proof your house or are you going to house-train your baby?
When did birthing a child make you an expert on all things? We used to have the notion that father knows best but the media and women’s liberation groups have seen to it that we no longer go around saying that. Now the catchy phrase is “mom always knows best.” Continue reading Mom doesn’t know best
Glass stove tops can be nightmares to clean. I don’t know what makes those burned on stains so impossible to get off. Over the years I have tried a handful of glass cook top cleaners as well as various home remedies involving vinegar, baking soda or lemon juice. Nothing really seemed to work much better than water. Continue reading Product Review: Stove Top Cleaner