How to Be a Dad

How to Be a Dad

“MY WIFE JUST SAID…”

You just can’t invent the stuff that comes out of a woman’s mouth once she’s “passed a watermelon through the pinhole,” ceased sleeping and is married to you. Or one of us.

My Wife Just Said… #321

Posted by on June 19th, 2017, under "MY WIFE JUST SAID..."

When you’re a parent, sometimes milestones come in the form of poop, smiling, throwing up and even your kid’s choice of underwear. Finn has always had the coolest clothes. We wears stuff I wish they had in adult sizes. So when he said he was “done with character underwear” — that one hurt. I mean, […]

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My Wife Just Lost It… #320

Posted by on June 12th, 2017, under "MY WIFE JUST SAID..."

In the fevered rush to get ready for summer break, sometimes you have a bit of an emotional break. Getting schooling and homework all done, projects, rehearsals for the end of school show, plus every other goddam thing in the life of a child wrangler, it can get to you. Everyone has their breaking point, […]

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My Wife Just Said… #319

Posted by on June 5th, 2017, under "MY WIFE JUST SAID..."

I honestly don’t know what to do anymore. Our three-year-old pushes our seven-year-olds buttons constantly. That wears on us, the tiredest parents, and then we in turn get set off. Does anyone have any advice on how to teach two boys, with very different personalities, to love and respect each other? It’s reached levels that […]

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My Wife Just Asked… #318

Posted by on May 29th, 2017, under "MY WIFE JUST SAID..."

When you become a parent, your physical appearance can become a ridiculously low priority. Looking “good” is an expendable commodity we can trade for the precious few minutes we save ignoring it. This is especially true for moms and dads who are the primary caretaker of a youngling. Dressing up? Hah! Hilarious. A nice outfit? […]

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My Wife Just Said… #317

Posted by on May 22nd, 2017, under "MY WIFE JUST SAID..."

We’ve been hearing about the Hamilton musical for a while but once my wife and eldest son, Finn, saw the play in New York back in January, it hasn’t been turned off in our house. Sure, there are some intense themes and curse words, but there’s so much my son loves about the play. He […]

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My Wife Just Said… #316

Posted by on May 15th, 2017, under "MY WIFE JUST SAID..."

Homework can be like the ghost of Schooling Past, come to haunt and torment parents as their kids rise through their schooling. While I applaud my 7-year-old’s eagerness for homework and I’m incredibly grateful he hasn’t developed a distaste for it (yet), my wife and I still internally moan a bit when the homework folder […]

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My Wife Just Said… #315

Posted by on May 8th, 2017, under "MY WIFE JUST SAID..."

We are trying literally everything to potty train my three-year-old. We’ve heard from many other parents on the subject about their mysterious black magic ways of getting their kids to evacuate their bowels into a water whirlpool pot. Alas, my older son has started weighing in on the subject (as quoted above). I’m not sure […]

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My Wife Just Said… #314

Posted by on May 1st, 2017, under "MY WIFE JUST SAID..."

It’s not that I’m completely incapable of taking care of myself. It’s that I’m mostly incapable of it. Probably. My wife and I have our own particular setup. Every couple develops a system and routines in their marriage and in parenthood, whether all duties are shared or divided up. Whatever works. Hopefully. I’d like to […]

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My Wife Just Said… #313

Posted by on April 24th, 2017, under "MY WIFE JUST SAID..."

This boy😍 P.S. He picked the flower for my hair❤️ A post shared by Avara Capen (@ithrowtp) on Apr 16, 2017 at 12:27am PDT We just went camping for the first time as a whole family yesterday. When you’re outside of your normal surrounds, it’s easy to tell what kind of person you are. You […]

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My Easter Bunny Just Said… #312

Posted by on April 17th, 2017, under "MY WIFE JUST SAID...", NOTEBOOK

Here’s a pretty funny story about how my wife, EHEM! I mean, the EASTER BUNNY got a little tripped up this year. Our 7-year-old woke early Easter morning, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Which of course means my wife and I also woke, but a little more like roadkill. He rushed to the kitchen, with us stumbling […]

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