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4 Parenting Clichés that Need to Go Away

Posted by on April 5th, 2018, under NOTEBOOK

There are expressions and jokes that become common catchphrases, buzzwords or clichés you hear all the flippin time. They can get reeeeeally old, or they just sucked from the very start. They’re like that fart joke your kid told that may have been funny the first time, but after the ensuing hundredth telling (within an […]

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The Birds and the Bees… and a Swarm of Bees Challenge???

Posted by on March 29th, 2018, under VIDEOTAPE

When it comes to having “The Talk” with their kids, parents can range from super-chill whatevs about it, to something that doctors would write down on a clipboard as a coronary event. I kind of get the sense that the average experience sits closer to the heart attack than explaining it casually while making a […]

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6 Awful Relaxation Tips for High-Stress Parents

Posted by on March 9th, 2018, under NOTEBOOK

Parents are some of the most stressed out people out there. We even stress about how stressed out we are. Stressception. Y’know, there’s that whole saying about how when you have a kid “your heart forever walks around outside your body.” Let’s go a little further. Imagine you literally had a heart that beat outside […]

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“Let’s Make a Deal!” -Kids

Posted by on February 21st, 2018, under NOTEBOOK

I walked into the living room and straight into an intense parent/child negotiation between my wife and our 8-year-old: Wife: No more apple juice, you said your tummy hurts. 8yo: It’s not hurting. Wife: 100% not hurting? 8yo: 50%. Wife: [stern look] 8yo: Okay 75% not hurting. [raises eyebrows hopefully] I wrestled my chuckle into […]

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Can You Guess Which Animated Films Have Alcohol? (QUIZ)

Posted by on February 1st, 2018, under NOTEBOOK

As part of the TalkEarly team for Responsibiliy.org, (encouraging early convos with kids about responsible drinking), I had the idea of putting together an interesting quiz that may even surprise you! This isn’t to highlight good or bad impressions of alcohol, just to show that early impressions do exist. Some are just seconds, but try […]

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12 Rad Dad Moments

Posted by on January 25th, 2018, under NOTEBOOK

Rad dad moments aren’t just ninja reflexes for those lightning-fast saves. Teaching, playing, wrangling, soothing, patiently enduring; it can be any kind of dadding. These moments don’t even have to be experiences that anyone else witnesses – moments your kid might not even be aware of their specialness. When you’re just proud of yourself and […]

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My Wife Just Said… #335

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

I’m not sure most parents realize or fully appreciate that they get to be mythological characters for their kids. We get to be things like Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and so forth. I’m actually kinda realizing it myself, that there are quite a lot of fantasy roles we get to play as […]

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My Wife Just Said… #333

Posted by on October 4th, 2017, under "MY WIFE JUST SAID..."

Last weekend my wife and I went on a date night. I can’t remember when the last time we did one, honestly. Either because my memory is that wrecked these days, or it was so long ago that it’s hard to see past the mental cobwebs. Probably both. Make that definitely both. During the day, […]

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The Symptoms of Bad Influence-itis

Posted by on September 22nd, 2017, under NOTEBOOK

I’ve joined forces with Responsibility.org as one of their paid ambassadors for their TalkEarly campaign, which is about, well… talking early about alcohol responsibility with your kids. Cheers!   Parents can make little furry loaves of fallen-out hair in the shower drain worrying about their kids getting sick. But, there’s another non-physical strain of contagion […]

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My Kid Just Said… #64

Posted by on September 15th, 2017, under "MY KID JUST SAID..."

I like to think of words as ingredients in a sentence or statement. You’ve got your fast-food m’kay’s and Idunno’s, and you’ve got your everyday meals of chit chat, and there’s also the more elaborate culinary creations of deep philosophic discussions and funny stories. Sometimes, though, I like to whip up something a bit spicy. […]

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