People are fearful. Our antiquated lizard brain has helped keep us alive through fear for thousands of years. Here are some of the most common phobias: Social phobias or self-consciousness in social situations. Agoraphobia: fear of open spaces. Acrophobia: fear of heights. Pteromerhanophobia: fear of flying. Claustrophobia: fear of enclosed spaces. Entomophobia: fear of insects. … Continue reading Who Decides What’s Scary and What’s Not?
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
Another sick day at home with the boy yesterday. He was getting better but still too sick to attend kindergarten. So yesterday was declared a binge-watch-four-movies day. For him. I worked from home. What sticks out the most for me is his comment about his classmates. Twice, he asked me if I knew what his … Continue reading Good Morning Wherever You Are
Happy Easter. Or I should say, I hope you had a happy Easter. Happy Easter Monday! Easter Monday is a holiday in some countries. Australia considers both Good Friday and Easter Monday a holiday, closing most tourist attractions and public areas. South Africa has renamed Easter Monday as Family Day, giving most workers the day … Continue reading Easter Monday Full of Hope
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