A Brief Account of the Bad Smell(s) in My Car

For Mother’s Day my wife asked for a very specific gift, that being that the children and I clean out the car. The car was, admittedly, a mess, containing various items that the children and I have left in it over the stretch of time since the last major cleaning. These items we dutifully cleaned up, […]

The Joy of Slimer

I have been debating when to introduce Ghostbusters to my son. He is only six, and I didn’t show his sister the movie until she was eight, but he tends not to be scared of movies like she sometimes is. Even better, he will let us know when something is scaring him and ask us […]

The Power of “More”

Our dinner last included rice. There was exactly enough for everyone to have what they wanted, and yet when I was serving it I left about a third of my son’s portion in the pot. When we sat down at the table he immediately gobbled up all of his rice, as I knew he would, […]

Being a Grown-Up: It Isn’t All Buying Chips

Yesterday Edward and I went over to the school to pick Ruby up from soccer. I was walking with the dog and he was riding his bike. When we arrived I walked over to help Ruby get her bag, and when I turned around Edward was gone. Any parent will tell you that there is […]

Success!

When Things Aren’t Hard Anymore

Today I want to talk about something I am going to call the “success delay.” I don’t know if that’s a real thing, since I just made it up, but is rings true for me anyway. I’m referring to the period of lag time that exists between the moment that things are no longer difficult, and […]

Was Spanking His Son King Solomon’s Greatest Mistake?

I am going to confess something to you right now. I have spanked my children. It has almost always been when I am severely angry with them, and I have always felt terrible about it afterward. I am trying extremely hard not to lay a hand on my child in anger, or even as a […]

How to Tell If You Are Raising a Kimmy Gibbler

Everyone wants to be the hero of their own story, and yet in everyone else’s story, you are not the hero. You are the sidekick. You are the neighbor. You are the supporting cast. You may even be the villain. And in some cases, you are the Kimmy Gibbler. Now if you are, in fact, a […]

Top 40 Hits as Re-Written For My Children

As you know if you follow this blog, there is a trend in kids music that involves adult musicians making sophisticated albums for children. This is good, because it means parents and kids alike can listen to the same songs without anyone wanting to cover their ears. But this does not solve the issue of […]

A Better Father Than Me

When I first found out that I was going to become a parent for the first time, I had one goal: I was going to be a better father than my own father. Sure, there were nuances within that goal, specific things I was and was not going to do, but the overarching theme of […]