How to Be a Dad

How to Be a Dad


Kid Versions of the Hulk, Wolverine, Ted Williams & The Naked Brothers Band

Posted by on November 26th, 2012, under SNAPSHOTS

I make birthday cards for my sons. These are Cody’s and Max’s cards for 2008 (8yo and 6yo) and 2009 (9yo and 7yo). For 2008, the fact that my boys were into comic book characters rocked my world, even if it was by way of movies instead of the glossy pages of actual comic books. […]

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He never let go of my thumb…

Posted by on November 8th, 2012, under NOTEBOOK

The Noobie He’s only three years old. He’d never been trick-or-treating. So, it was excusable that Lucas was supremely deficient in the Clue Department when it came to Halloween. When I asked him what he was going to be, he put on his low, gruff serious voice and laughed, saying, “Ho ho nooooo, Daddy!” as […]

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Homemade Birthday Cards 2005: Dash from The Incredibles and Metroid’s Samus

Posted by on October 17th, 2012, under SNAPSHOTS

Max’s 5th custom Birthday card: Dash from the Pixar film, The Incredibles. When I first presented this card to Max on his 5th Birthday, it was the first bad reaction from the boys about any of their cards. He was obviously weirded out by it but tried to put on a twitchy artificial smile; he […]

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My Kid Just Said… #10

Posted by on October 2nd, 2012, under "MY KID JUST SAID..."

[Watching Jurassic Park] “Why do da dinosaurs make da jelly come out of da man?” -Cody (2002, 4 years old)  In this case, of course, “jelly” refers to the fountain of spurting blood and by “man” he’s referring to the guy who was just bitten in half. Okay. So… sometimes you make mistakes as a […]

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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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Our First Day of High School

Posted by on August 30th, 2012, under NOTEBOOK

Me at age 12. Look at how much I adored school. (Click to look closer at the love.) Why would I say this was our first day of High School, you ask? You came to the right person! I mean me. Anyways, you see, I never went to High School. Not one day. I left […]

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You Know You’re Getting Old When…

Posted by on July 19th, 2012, under NOTEBOOK

When I was a kid… wait. No no. Not like that. Not like, “When I was a kid I used to walk twelve miles to school carrying my lunch in a block of ice with shoes made of burlap sacks filled with broken glass and rusty nails.” Though I’ll write something that at some point, […]

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Wrong 101 (Kid Responses to Accusation)

Posted by on June 7th, 2012, under NOTEBOOK

On the journey to teach kids the difference between Right and Wrong, they seem to learn something else you didn’t necessarily intend along the way. All on their own, without any flashcards or kidstructional videos. Wrong 101. They learn the wide and varied rainbow of responses to any accusation or confrontation of Wrongness. Kids learn […]

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Posted by on May 28th, 2012, under NOTEBOOK

My sons, Cody and Max at a war memorial, 10 and 8 years old, 2008. At first I thought they were making fun or at least making dumb. Sometimes it’s hard to tell with kids. Let me explain. We’d just moved and I was using the pools of green on the navigation system’s map to […]

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My *KID* Just Said…

Posted by on December 28th, 2011, under "MY KID JUST SAID..."

[After losing a game] “Winning is for losers.” -Cody (2008, 10 years old)  Both our little ones are beginning to talk, frying our brains and melting our hearts, and my two older boys (Cody and Max) have been doing the same for well over a decade now. So! We’re launching a new category based on […]

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