Losing teeth. It’s traumatic for them, cool for us, then cool for them, then just a revenue stream for enterprising younguns. I’ve written about it before, but back then (although it was traumatic) I was truly wowed by the process and excited because it meant my little guy was growing up a little bit. Now [...]
Archive for the 'Fatherhood' Category
Sometimes you just curl up and go to sleep. And sometimes you get the third degree. Tonight, I was asked the following before shutting down the operation and demanding silence: Dad? Why do I fart? What makes the fart come out? Are there hands in my butt that push my poop out, or is it [...]
Mornings are easier when you awaken prepared for chaos. Breathe. Go with it. Embrace it. Ahhhh, that’s better. Now just wait a second. That’s not chaos — it’s a tea party. Drink up, everybody!
Mr. Watson–come here! I’ve discovered something remarkable! Look upon this plastic trinket I spied in my daughter’s menagerie. What do you make of it? Baffled? Befuddled? Bewildered? Look at this other specimen: Still confounded? There’s a commonality. Look again. Mystifyed? Perplexed? Look closer, my dear Mr. Watson. Naive Mr. Watson. Sightless little Watson. Look closer. [...]
I almost drove off the road when I was listening to Louis C.K. on Fresh Air this week. Are you a dad? Listen to the first bit of stand-up at the start of this interview. I dare you not to laugh: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=95567572
To the extent that I obsess over the presidential election right now, my kids trump me a thousand times over with Pokémon. I’m worried about the fate of our economy, our standing in the world, and the drop in overall intelligence and rise in intolerance among otherwise seemingly nice American folk. These are big issues, [...]
Parenting is often about recycling. Remember, you know so much more than your kids. Important stuff. Deeply unimportant stuff. The unimportant stuff is kind of like the plastic soda bottle in your recycling bin. One day, it might be turned into a sweater! I had the great pleasure of introducing my children to the miracle [...]
I woke up in the middle of the night recently and climbed the stairs to the kids’ rooms to check that they were still breathing. Sylvie’s room was dark and it was hard to see what position she’d crawled into, but I could make out four splayed limbs and heard a fluttering snore in the [...]
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. [...]
1. Work. Hard. 2. Do for others. 3. Read. Analyze. Discuss. Take a position. 4. Live with style (a mustache and bow tie helps). 5. Taste as many flavors as you can. 6. Stick to your guns. 7. Guns are bad.