I love giving my kids presents and watching them receive presents. They get pumped up, eyes wide and explore the wonder of the new object. Whether it is a car that pulls back and races on its own or a fresh plush animal, it brings me joy to be able to give them things. Let … Continue reading Is the Quantity of Toys in My House Hampering Imagination?
A half-dozen liquor bottles were in view on their three-season porch, cigarette smoke wafted and the f-bomb was was dropped at shouting volume while I played in the backyard with my five and one-year old. There goes the neighborhood. The next-door neighbor of mine for the past nine years sold his house. Then the rental … Continue reading There Goes The Neighborhood: Come on Over
Screaming about not wanting me around at the breakfast table, and then continuing to say Daddy help me over and over as we were approaching t-minus ten minutes before departure to morning drop-off. Antagonizing his one-year-old sister with mussing her hair and picking her up until she screams with frustration. Lost keys. Missing shoes. Arms … Continue reading If the Problem Isn’t the Problem Then What is?
My son hasn't exactly had a sheltered stay-at-home upbringing. He's been in full-time daycare since his 13th week of life. He's been given two working parents that enjoy their jobs, and I also believe the foundation of the Bible-based pre-school has been beneficial to all of us. But when I walked him to his kindergarten … Continue reading Kindergarten: Sending My Boy Off into the World
The day was a Saturday prior to an business trip. There was packing, prepping and organizing to do, not to mention family time that I wanted to soak up prior to departing. But I decided to nap instead. My 16 month old daughter seems to be a little anti-nap when it comes to Saturday. She's … Continue reading Taking Time to Take A Nap
I've been car shopping for months now. My reliable 2003 VW Jetta is tight to say the least when a family of four needs to jet around town. Sure, it's manageable, but if we want to go out of town and enjoy the outdoors, we needed something a little bigger. That and the list of … Continue reading Coaching from My Four Year Old on Detachment from My New Car
There are many things I didn't prepare myself for when I became a father. Among these is the great wonder of what I did with all of my free time prior to children. I also didn't prepare myself for the fact that children can bring the worst out of you. But the idea that I … Continue reading An Eye for An Eye vs. Turning the Other Cheek