My perfection often leads to procrastination or frustration, depending on whether or not I take action. After at least five months of having the box in my basement, I decided to take action and install my son's ceiling fan. My six-year old son moved upstairs when he was four, at the arrival of his little … Continue reading Just Do Your Best and a Bunch of Hot Air
Trees have leaves again, new growth is happening in the forest and the fiddle-ferns are sprouting. Joking with my wife about Mother's Day being "her day" to do whatever she wants, she wanted to get outside and enjoy a perfect spring day in Minnesota. We ventured out of town, brought a picnic lunch and even … Continue reading Mother’s Day is Over, Can You Go Back to Making the Kids’ Breakfast?
Wrong side of the bed. Late. A solid work schedule with over-committed appointments. A solitary banana for breakfast. Mix in a six and two year old trying to have a leisurely breakfast and you've got irritability. Time to get out the door kids! One thing to remember--and I write this for myself most of all--is … Continue reading Angry Dad, You’re Feeling Inadequate Again
We all know the famous bumper sticker. There's a reason why "sh%* happens" can be found anywhere classic bumper stickers are sold. We all have our stuff to deal with. And the other day, I had to deal with some. Literally. From our next-door neighbor's dog. The kind that's been marinating under the snow all … Continue reading Showing Your Kids How to Deal with Poop
A co-worker disclosed to me some stresses from his personal life. His daughter who is approaching the age of two has to have surgery on her kidney to improve function. Her second surgery since birth. Not sure of the stats, but you could probably catch a daily news story about the Make-A-Wish Foundation and their … Continue reading Playing with Rocks and Perspective
It's my first time having a child receive an official spring break. No school for an entire week. But this isn't going to be the year of sitting on white sandy beaches as a family. This is the year of the staycation activities. So day one involved a father and son day of indoor rock … Continue reading Climbing Toward Contentment
Whether you realize it or not, your mind is an open book. Maybe not all the time but a study published in Psychological Science in 2014 shows how the thoughts or moods can be transmitted through the mother and infant relationship. Simulate to watching a movie and getting anxious at the same suspenseful scene as the others … Continue reading Catching & Spreading Emotion
The resistance is upon us. I’m not talking about politics or civil rights. I’m talking about the toddler “no” stage. Everything is no. Time to go. No. Let’s get your pajamas on. No. Are you all done with your food. No. (Even after the ASL signal for all done/no more was thrown.) Would you like … Continue reading No. No. No.
We kept things simple New Years Day, hanging out in pajamas for the majority of the day. We played Play-Doh, ate various snacks, read books and continued our adventure sessions with various Christmas toys. There's been a pattern over this holiday break, one driven by an extremely cold streak--we're talking negative air temps for several … Continue reading Letting My Son Lead Even Though It Isn’t Where I’d Choose
My daughter and I were debating the need to change her diaper, which at one-and-a-half means her saying no and running from me, in the middle of an extended family gathering on my wife’s side. The debate was a mild inconvenience and allowed me to step away and be with my daughter. Just as the … Continue reading The Good ol’ Days of Changing Diapers