Category Archives: Fatherhood

Bringing a kid to church can feel like Hell.

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Everyone has the best of intentions but there are reasons why people elect to stay home on Sunday morning instead of bringing their little kids to church. Sunday mass is a hour-long test of wills for my wife and I and it usually goes something like this: [5 minutes to start]: We arrive at the church […]

One person’s trash is another person’s Christmas gift

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“You want me to do what?” I looked at my wife puzzled. Then I gave her the eye roll that she hates, followed by a long, drawn out sigh. “Fine,” I said. “Let’s go pick it up”. “It” was a broken-down entertainment stand on a side road in Eddington. “It” took 45 minutes to go […]

There is never a good time to have a child

It's exhausting being my child.

I had a really great lunch with an old friend the other day. The last time we got to hang out was just before I became a father; so a lot has changed in that time. We caught up, chatted old times, discussed future plans and eventually talked about having kids. He talked about how […]

Something you forgot you loved until you had children

I want to take this opportunity to start a new concept here on the Manchild blog. I want to spend the next few weeks working with you, my audience, to remember all the things we loved as kids. You see, I never wanted to grow up. I still daydream about being a crime-fighting superhero. I watch […]

Because you can’t have everything, balance is a key to parenting

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“Daddy, I want a cookie please”. This is a harmless request except that it happened at 5:15 in the morning. I then had to have a very difficult conversation with my toddler about why we don’t have cookies all the time. As a parent, you spend a lot of time teaching your child about moderation. […]

Why every town should have a Kid Central Fest

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The sound of laughter hung high in the chalk-dust filled air. Smells of vanilla and sugar blew in the cool breeze while uninterrupted sun warmed my face. My son bustled back and forth from activity to activity, barley being able to keep still as he explored, learned and played. Downtown Bangor was alive the first […]