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
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?
My kids aren't home schooled as you may think of the traditional parent-become-teacher home school program. But according to Seth Godin, we are all home schooled. Think about it. There are 186 hours in a seven day week. My kindergarten son sleeps an average of nine hours a night, so eliminate those off the bat. … Continue reading All Kids Are Home Schooled
One of my favorite parenting books is Your Baby Your Child by Penelope Leach. She does an amazing job presenting a psychological approach to parenting, really digging into the why she suggest things should be done a certain way. My son is strong willed (and a friend questioned me the other day...."I wonder where he got … Continue reading The Foundation for An Easy Child
I've said it. And even it you haven't said it to your son, he's probably picking up on it. Boys and men are not supposed to cry. Granted, when I've said it, it's usually over something like an extra scoop of ice cream or a bonked head that he's crying, so I rationalize my words, … Continue reading Boys Don’t Cry and Girls Really Shouldn’t Either
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
It was picture day. My son even asked for, "hair stuff." His mom picked out his best school shirt, pants and he even seemed excited. We were walking down the hall on the way to the morning club before school when he asked for a belt. Or maybe it was more of a whine. His … Continue reading Are You Enjoying Being A Dad?
At drop off this morning, my son and I debated about bringing a wooden souvenir knife to school. I said it was against the rules, and he said he'd keep in in his backpack where no one would see it. The debate ended in sadness and a couple of tears as he placed the knife … Continue reading Boys, Knives, Rules & School