While swimming and BBQing this past Sunday with friends, we had a conversation about the small handful of days left in the Maine summer. Before I knew it my last few precious weekends were filled up with logistics, long drives and family activities. I tend to be a curmudgeon when it comes to planning […]
It can be hell on earth for some if you are unprepared so here are a few ways to get through the adventure in one piece and have some fun in the process.
Happy 4th of July and summer to you all! May your days too be filled with driving kids to summer camps they don’t want to be at.
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 […]
Taking pause at year’s end to look back helps me to see just how far he (and all of us) have come. Here are some of my favorite Manchild posts from 2014.
As you may or may not know, we are struggling with a 2-year-old at home who has decided all on his own that napping is not for him. Like a tiny alcoholic, he doesn’t see how his actions affect those around him. He is irritable, unpredictable and, at times, belligerent. He doesn’t know that he […]
Last week I started the blog thread around things that we all loved as children that have re-entered our lives as parents. Several people began emailing me topics and sharing items on social media that they have rediscovered now that they have toddlers and I plan to write about all those soon. But right now […]
“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. […]
Though perhaps not the most enlightening or deep conversations I have all day, the talks I have with my son each morning are some of the most fun (and sometimes frustrating) ones I have all day. When waking up in the morning Me: Good morning Tristan. Did you have a good nights sleep. Tristan: No, No daddy. Want […]
When I go to the park with my son I am always doing a few things. I always end up pushing him on the swings, I always play hide and seek with him, and I always secretly judge every other parent there. I usually look at each one and try to size them up. It’s […]