How to Be a Dad

How to Be a Dad

Ruining Baby Names, One Suggestion at a Time

Posted by on September 27th, 2012, under NOTEBOOK

“Hey!!! How about [name that you will now probably not choose because I just suggested it].” When you start telling people you’re having a baby, certain things are going to inevitably happen. It’s like a chain reaction that is as certain and frothy as dropping a sleeve of Mentos headlong into a bottle of Diet […]

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Ways a Kid’s Costume Can Suck

Posted by on September 25th, 2012, under INSTRUCTIONAL DIAGRAMS

  Like so many things on this website, this doesn’t really help you in any way. But the stores are already decorating themselves in cotton cobwebs and the seasonal Halloween stores are springing up and opening their spooky doors. So, I figured… why not? This is but a sampling of the ways a costume can […]

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Ninja Parent Lessons: Tickle Attacks, Part 2

Posted by on September 20th, 2012, under INSTRUCTIONAL DIAGRAMS

We tell ourselves and others that we don’t want to coerce our kids. Once we get past that whole “not wanting to sound like a bad parent” thing we admit it. At some point, we do want to. Not forcefully or traumatically. We just want it to stop! Or start! Look. When a mom or […]

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Judging a Book by its Cover

Posted by on September 18th, 2012, under NOTEBOOK

Sometimes you experience moments of pride in your kids. Sometimes those moments keep going, take a sudden turn, burst through a guardrail and soar off a cliff. So… My sons and I were boys-night-outting it on a bit of a blind date with a recommended restaurant. Our chuckling conversation kind of skidded out when we […]

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My Wife Just Said… #77

Posted by on September 17th, 2012, under "MY WIFE JUST SAID..."

“Soooooo, I’m slightly freaking out… Why? Because Lucas just ate POOP!!! Well, no he didn’t EAT it – like a chunk of it – but he had his hands jammed in his mouth and I found poo all over them.” -Elizabeth   – Previous “My Wife Just Said…” 

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Types of Facebooking

Posted by on September 12th, 2012, under NOTEBOOK

There are all kinds of ways a person can Facebook. Knowing about them is not only really unimportant, it may be completely useless. But if it has a chance of being at all entertaining, I’m going to write about it. For those of you that are wondering what this has to do with parenting… wait… […]

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Bad Product Idea #11: The Boob Hat

Posted by on September 10th, 2012, under INSTRUCTIONAL DIAGRAMS

Babies and toddlers have lots to do, all the time. Even when they have nothing to do, they’ll be busy doing something. But feeding can be suuuuuch an annoyance. Babies shouldn’t be required to put down the blocks every single chow time, wrapping themselves around Mommy’s midsection to suckle, or impersonating a sack of potatoes […]

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How Kids Actually Wash Their Hands

Posted by on September 7th, 2012, under INSTRUCTIONAL DIAGRAMS

  There’s a whole vast world of supposed-to’s; the proper ways to do things. Just so you know, children don’t tend to be very willing residents in this supposed-to world. When you’re trying to instruct them in the ways of this world, quite often they’re just going to apply some whatever-the-heck-they-want-or-happens-to-pop-into-their-little-heads liberally, and maybe add […]

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Your New Name

Posted by on September 5th, 2012, under NOTEBOOK

Guess which one is a parent who just heard a kid call out? Chances are high you were born and given a name. Maybe you’ve even repeated the process yourself, and now have a kid of your own. So, now you’re a dad or a mom. You’ve got a new name now, even before you’re […]

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My Wife Just Said… #75

Posted by on September 4th, 2012, under "MY WIFE JUST SAID..."

“I did? Ok, I forgot. Don’t remember telling you to do that, buuuuuut that’s not surprising these days.” -Elizabeth   – Previous “My Wife Just Said…” 

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