One of the most talked-about and hotly debated topics among parents I know continues to vex even the most thoughtful of the childrearing set. It encompasses lofty decisions about coming-of-age milestones and the nature of the maturation process, and requires extensive consideration of the nuances along the spectrum of violence and enchantment in our culture. [...]
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– This Morning – Little child, poking a head into the bathroom as I shave: “Dad? Is it fun being a dad?” “Of course it is,” I reply. “Why wouldn’t it be?” Immediate response: “You know, like when we argue or yell at each other? That’s not fun.” “No, it’s not. But it’s part of [...]
1. Dad, you’re always looking at your Blackberry! You never should have bought it. 2. You’re a big butt fart. 3. I wish they never invented business trips.
How many fewer times would I have been sick over the last six and a half years if our toothbrushes didn’t touch? It’s one of those imponderable questions that only gets you into trouble. Am I a neurotic Woody Allen Wannabe or simply a pragmatist? Is it wrong to want to invest in an autoclave?
I took my young Jedi along with me to the doctor’s office because… well, because there was no one else to take care of him. Something about promising a visit to the comic book store seemed to seal the deal. The doc was kind enough to offer a flu shot and I accepted because, after [...]
Sam (Age 6): “Oh my God, Dad! The heat’s not on!” Two minutes pass… Sam: “Oh my God, I can’t find my other sock!” Another minute… Me: “Sam, do you want Mighty Bites for breakfast?” Sam: “Oh my God, you know I like Rice Crispies!” Me: “You know, Sam, some people might take offense — [...]
They say that necessity is the mother of invention and this photograph proves it. I was going to write a loving post about how my son is learning to read and write — and I still plan to — but before I had a chance he immediately applied his newfound skills to one of his [...]
Click this… [audio:http://www.daddyfactory.com/audio/phonemessage1.mp3] If you have kids, you probably find yourself telling humorous or profound stories about what your child said that day or that week. I’ve done it here a hundred times, because even the grandparents are tired of my tales at this point. But the resounding response to most of them is: “You’ve [...]
My mother-in-law was here this weekend and complained the entire time about how cold my house is. I offered her a fleece. I cooked her food and bought her dinner (she’s as hefty as George Bush is bright). I reminded her that Al Gore just won the Nobel Prize. This meant nothing, because it’s easier [...]
Here’s the latest Father First Bright Idea: As most poppas know, daddyhood means carving out quality time when there really is none. It means finding a way to be together and still take care of the drudgery of daily living. I’m not a stay-at-home dad, so time on the ranch doesn’t mean we’re hanging out [...]