I've started to coin my son as strong-willed. I admire that. However, when it's time to head back to the house after a short walk and he heads a long-block away through the park to sit by a tree defiantly, I'm frustrated by his defiance, 'er strong will. Throughout my childhood and into young-adulthood, I … Continue reading You Never Win A Stand-off
Four years ago, I was celebrating Father's Day for the first time, nervously overwhelmed holding my not-even-two-month-old son. Today, I feel gratefully content holding my three-month old daughter while discussing roly polies with my four-year old son. I remember celebrating Father's Day with my dad pretty simply, hanging around the house, maybe grilling and eating a … Continue reading Father’s Day Inventory
We took the family to Como Zoo and Como Town. The nonprofit donation-only zoo is amazing and we saw the famous Sparky The Seal Show that has entertained for generations. But the real attraction were the rides at Como town. My four-year old flipped for train rides, a slower-than-a-stroll mini go-cart track and bumper cards. … Continue reading I May Be Raising A Brat (or he’s just another selfish three foot human)
I was gifted the opportunity to volunteer with a nonprofit called Start Reading Now that provides first-graders in poverty the ability to take ten books home before summer break. One particular study shows that giving low-income kids books over the summer is equivalent to sending them to summer school. The program empowers students to select … Continue reading Setting or Settling The Bar?