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To My Bright and Sunny Six-Year-Old – Waking you up this birthday morning was not an easy task, for you were very tired. It is early summer, the sun is warm and bright and you have been busy enjoying your first summer break… read more

Bee Careful – My daughter has become fascinated with bees. Now that Spring has arrived we have been spending many hours outside preparing our vegetable garden. So, it is natural that she should come into contact with them often… read more

Happy 3rd Birthday, My Son – My Dear Son, Sometimes when we are sitting together you like to put your face up to mine. We press forehead to forehead, nose to nose, and look at each other. Sometimes we laugh, other times we sit in silence, content to simply be together. It is one way we connect. It is also how I got your cold… read more

A New PTSA Papa – A couple of weeks ago I attended my first PTSA event, an ice cream social. It was a simple concept: the school served ice cream in the cafeteria and opened the playground for all of the kids and families to play and mingle. For an introductory event, I thought, this shouldn’t be too hard… read more

To My Darling Daughter On Your First Day Of School – You are five years old and it’s time for school… read more

He Found It – My son has discovered what makes him different from his sister. He knows what it is and he knows how to use it… read more

Happy 5th Birthday, My Sweet Girl – Yesterday we were running together. It was such a simple thing – you needed to go on a potty break and we were sitting in the grass behind the right field fence at the baseball game. We got up to go and you immediately started running because that’s what you do now. You run everywhere… read more

Happy Mothers Day, Mom – As I write this essay it’s early morning after another successful slumber party with the kids. The air mattress gets cold so we all end up in a puppy pile by morning. This is our tradition and you would love to be here if you could… read more

Clever Girl – Each stage of a child’s development has its milestone moments and accompanying hazards. There is the moment they learn how use a light switch. They turn it on, they turn it off. Then on. Then off. On. Off… read more

Why is it Always the Bad Boy? – I knew this day would come. Eventually my beautiful, angel daughter would fall under the spell of a boy. I just didn’t imagine it would happen when she was four years old… read more

What Fatherhood Is For Me – Fatherhood begins with the sudden and heart-stopping realization that in a few months your life will change forever… read more

Happy Birthday, My Little Man – My Dear Son, When you are finished tormenting your sister I’d like to talk with you about what happens today. Today you become two years old… read more

Bruise Brother – My son needs helmet… read more

You Are Four – In the comfortable, quiet dark of your room you sleep amid toys and soft blankets. You have grown so much. The only resemblance between you now and when you were an infant is you still like to leave your feet uncovered… read more

The Best Parenting Advice I have Received – A couple of essays ago I wrote about what I have learned so far. It was a collection of bits of wisdom to pass along to any man who has or will become a dad this year. Now I would like to showcase some of the best advice I have received so far… read more

Monkey Business Is Booming – If anyone doubts the genetic similarities between humans and chimpanzees they need to spend five minutes with my son. For having him is like owning a bumbling monkey… read more

What I Have Learned So Far – Many men will have the good fortune of becoming dads in 2013. For all of those new dads I offer this short list of what I’ve learned so far. I hope it helps you… read more

The Color of Bacon – “Our house is the color of bacon,” my daughter said with absolute certainty… read more

Happy Birthday, My Big Boy – You have your mother’s eyes. It was the first thing I noticed about you on the day you arrived. Since that glorious day you have grown into a big, strong, happy child; happier than I ever imagined a child could be…. read more

The Barrage Has Begun – My daughter’s “Question Everything” switch has been turned on. This is a well-known phase for children that doesn’t require a lot of explanation. I knew this was coming and, honestly, don’t mind it at all… read more

18 Minutes of Quiet Joy – The other night I was spending time with my son while my wife and daughter were out attending a Zumba class. Had this happened a year ago I would have been desperately looking for a way to keep the boy contained while I got some much-needed chores accomplished… read more

Jewely the Dragon – Every Dad needs a homespun story to tell their little princess at bedtime. My story is called Jewely the Dragon. I improvised this story one night and it has remained my daughter’s favorite for a couple of years now. It has a simple plot and the details can be modified on the fly… read more

Boundary Busting – Now that my daughter is officially three years old it is clear she believes she must test every boundary, push every button, and press on my every nerve. I survived the Terrible Twos only to get trampled by the Boundary Blasting B-Threes… read more

Happy 3rd Birthday, My Darling Daughter – I can still see you laying peacefully in just your tiny diaper. You were nursing on one of my pinkie fingers and clutching the other in your tiny hand. It was late in the evening and both of us were very tired. I had to hold myself still so you could sleep comfortably and not notice the three-inch needle a doctor had just inserted into a vein in the remaining mass of flesh that was your umbilical cord… read more

The Many Mistakes This Dad Makes – To My Darling Daughter: As I watch you spread Country Time lemonade powder on a slice of buttered toast, I wonder if maybe I have made some mistakes during my short parenting career. The answer is: of course I have…read more

Bawny’s Back! – In a previous post I talked about a great tragedy that befell my daughter. After a long day out earlier this month we accidentally left her beloved Barney, a plush dragon I won from a crane game, on a bus… read more

Dad is a Big, Fat Liar – I hate making my daughter sad. So, when she asks me a question and I know the true answer is going to hurt her I turn into a big, fat liar… read more

Little Miss Bossy – My daughter will become three years old this summer. It seems like she has been two for about five years now and with her birthday looming she is packing in as much two-ness as possible in these remaining months… read more

Dad Return – After a month off of work for family leave I’m getting back to the work routine… read more

Dad Leave – I haven’t had time to devote to writing an essay recently because my free time is at a premium and my ability to focus is obstructed by the general business of Life x 2(kid)… read more

My Child Goes to 11 – My daughter is loud. Sometimes she is obnoxiously loud. Now, I understand she is two. But when you combine her volume with her pressing need to have every question answered immediately this little two-year-old transforms into an audio jackhammer… read more

No No, Dada – This Way
– You can draw up a great game plan for your children. But once they arrive in your arms that chalk board of grand ideas gets erased. Actually, the chalk board doesn’t just get erased. It gets shattered in a thousand pieces and set on fire… read more

Dad is a Big, Fat Hypocrite – One of my chief roles as Dad is making and enforcing rules. Yet I will break those rules with impunity because I am a big, fat hypocrite. I have no idea how to resolve this within myself… read more

Negotiating No – My daughter has discovered the power of No. I can’t tell if it’s just a part of being two years old or the fallout from my constant campaign of No to keep her from touching, pushing, hitting, throwing, climbing, spilling, stepping in, pulling on, or eating the wrong things… read more

I Have A Son – I now have a son. He was born on Monday afternoon via Cesarian procedure a week earlier than his natural birth due date. This was because he is large and my wife is not… read more

Our Little Mimic – My daughter is at a stage where she is observing and mimicking speech and actions of the people around her. This is a wonderfully dangerous time for us. Watching her learn about and interact with the world is joyous experience. However, if we are not careful things can go wrong in a hurry… read more

My Child Scares Me – With Halloween fast approaching it’s appropriate that I talk about how my two-year-old daughter sometimes scares the crap out of me… read more

The Crying Game – My daughter is thoroughly, completely two years old. “The Terrible Twos” is a bit of a misnomer, though, because it is not entirely terrible… read more

T Minus Kid – I found an interesting article today on one of my favorite web sites, io9.com. The article, titled “What’s the Price of Fatherhood? Time, Money, and Testosterone.”, is about the hormonal impact of fatherhood. It turns out that fatherhood not only drains you of money, sleep, and your free time, it also drains you of your manly fuel… read more

The Kid Equation – Here is my theory: Take any task, add a kid, and the complexity of that task is multiplied by ten… read more

Being an Older Dad – I became a Dad at age 45. That’s a wee bit past the typical age men become fathers in this country. But it is not as unusual as it was 30 years ago… read more

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