Category: Kids

Currently my stay-at-home days are all back-to-back, smack dab in the middle of the week. Towards the tail end of that stretch I find that taking care of four children really loses much of whatever luster the week had started with. The shine and nobility of the task is slowly tarnished with every diaper change, every fight mediation, every drenched…

Kids

I was recently part of a “man panel” for a MOPS meeting (Mothers Of Preschoolers) at my church. It is an international organization where moms come together and…um…I really don’t know what they do. All I know is that every once in a while they get a few dads together, call us a “man panel”, put us on stage, ask us…

Kids

I was getting a headcount of all four of our kids, preparing to take the “stay-at-home” reigns, when Charity stepped out the door on her way to work and casually said over her shoulder, “Oh yeah, Remy just ate the last of the baby food. Not sure what you are going to do for lunch. Bye.” The door closed. When…

Kids

**Introducing Tidbit Tuesday. A single-serving story found in the trenches of stay-at-home dading, appearing every other week. Due to job changes I’m now watching our four children for half of the time. This is looking like fertile riffing ground. Let’s begin. Keeping a house clean is a continuous job. Especially when it’s packed with tons of tiny people that hold me responsible for…

Kids

“Hey I’m slammed here at work I was hoping you could <call, email, text> <someone> about <something> for me?” This was often a conversation I’d have with my stay-at-home wife when I was in my cushy office, alone, wrapped in a peaceful silence that was periodically marred by the smooth hum of my laptop’s cooling fan. While true, occasionally I was busy…

Kids

The Tricky Part Our kids are getting older and for some reason we keep adding to our total number of dependents. We had three treat-seeking participants this year and one in the wings. Needless to say that we came through Halloween quite scathed with candy. This year our two oldest girls moved like trick-or-treating pros and Roman(2) was getting the…

Kids

A few months ago I had a guest post run on a parenting blog. In it I talked about the effect that having kids has on our selfishness. Check it out here. That wasn’t the whole story though. There is another aspect to this that word count limitations kept me from conveying. And since I’ve already pioneered splitting posts into…

Kids

If my daughter Nola(6) does not grow up to be a zoologist, then maybe the sky isn’t blue, and the Pope is a Methodist, and bears migrate great distances to use Porta-Potties just outside the woods. By all accounts it would seem that she is destined for this profession. She has amassed so much knowledge about animals that there is apparently no…

Kids Nonsense

Recently, my animal fanatic daughter Nola was scrolling through pictures of tigers on the web. Because what else do you do when you are six, and can endlessly bask in the light of free-time? She came across this photo and exclaimed, “Dad! You would love this job!” I looked at her and said, “You. Are. Absolutely. Right.” Strutting around in leather pants and vest,…

Kids

You’re looking at an official “local dad.” I’m a guest blogger on Momaha.com today. It’s an online parenting community that is part of the Omaha World Herald. They do have content from dads as well. I’m sure “Dadaha.com” just didn’t have the ring to it. Check out my post here. Feel free to let me know what you think by leaving…

Kids Writing