Don’t make me take my pants off

Wednesdays are early release days from school. Often when my oldest is getting home from kindergarten on Wednesdays at least one of the other 3 kids is still napping. The bus stop is just far enough away I don’t feel comfortable letting him walk home by himself yet and I feel awkward leaving a sleeping kid alone in the house. Thankfully my next door neighbor has a 1st grader and she will often walk our two boys back from the bus stop to help me out. Continue reading Don’t make me take my pants off

DIY: Centerpiece

Two Thanksgivings ago we were all set to host some friends and family for a Thanksgiving dinner. We were about an hour away from the guests arrival when my wife turned to me and said “Could you please build me a centerpiece?” All I could think about was the guests would be arriving soon and I didn’t want to get all dirty. I protested, but it was of little use. She “needed” that centerpiece. She shared with me her vision and off I went. Continue reading DIY: Centerpiece

Parents Are Wasting Time

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.

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12 Truths About Becoming a 1st Time Dad

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

Silence isn’t Golden

Silence is 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.

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Unlikely Princess

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.

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Child-proof or House-train?

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?

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The Adventures of a Stay-at-Home Dad of 5