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Clint Edwards was blessed with a charming and spitfire wife, a video game obsessed little boy, and a snarky little girl in a Cinderella play dress. When Clint was 9-years-old, his father left. With no example of fatherhood, he had to learn how to be a father and husband through trial and error. You can read more about his adventures in fatherhood at No Idea What I'm Doing: A Daddy Blog. He lives in Oregon. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter

Entries by Clint Edwards

How I Finally Made My Wife Understand What It's Like to Be Depressed

(4) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 4:18 PM

Mel and I were in our bedroom chatting about my anxiety and depression problems. It was evening, and our three kids were in bed.

The doctor recently increased my depression medication and it had been making me distant.

"Does this mean you're getting worse?" she asked. She was changing...

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My First Evening Alone With Three Kids

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 6:59 PM

I was home alone for the first time with three kids. Aspen, our new baby was sleeping in the bouncer. I was in the kitchen, packing my lunch for the next day, feeling confident.

Mel, my wife, was out, signing our daughter up for soccer. My mother-in-law...

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Breastfeeding Is Not Shameful

(67) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 4:15 PM

We were at my son's soccer game with Aspen, our new baby. I went to give Tristan his water, and when I came back, Mel was gone and so was the baby. My mother-in-law was there. She'd been watching Norah, our 4-year-old. I asked where Mel was, and she said,...

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Dear High School Teachers: Sorry for Being a Sh*t

(3) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 3:16 PM

Dear High School Teachers:

I'm sorry for my outbursts. I'm sorry for always demanding attention during class and never shutting up.

Mrs. Fey: I'm sorry for saying that your glamour shot portrait, framed and placed on your desk, made you look like a slut from a White Snake rock...

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So will sich ein Vater an seinen Kindern rächen, wenn sie erwachsen sind

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 1:46 PM

Als ich noch ein Teenager war, kam eines Tages meine Mutter zu mir und sagte: Sie würde später mal gerne zu mir nach Hause kommen und Spielsachen in den Ventilator schmeißen, so ich wie ich es einst gemacht hatte. Sie brachte vieler solche Sätze und ich dachte immer, sie sei...

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10 Things I'd Love to Do to My Children Once They Are Adults

(15) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 12:19 PM

When I was in my late teens, my mother would always tell me she planned to come to my adult home, turn my ceiling fan on high, and throw toys into it, just like I'd done when I was a kid. She had a lot of these statements, and I...

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11 Things I Want My Son to Know About Marriage

(46) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 6:43 PM

Right now, my son, Tristan, is 7 years old. Even at this young age, I think a lot about what kind of a husband he will make. I think about his future, and if I'm setting a good example. Below is a list of things I want him...

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What Father's Day Means When You Never Had a Father

(11) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 9:51 AM

I hated Father's Day until I had my own children. My father left when I was 9 and died when I was 19 from drug and alcohol addiction. Father's Day always served as a reminder that he wasn't there anymore, and he wasn't coming back. I didn't cry...

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7 Ways Our Week-Old Baby Needs to Clean Up Her Act

(14) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 4:26 PM

Aspen: I know that you are new to this family. You've only been with us one week. But frankly, there are a few things that need to change if you are going to keep living here. Your mother and I have discussed it, and below are a list...

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10 verbale Ausrutscher, wenn man mitten in der Nacht von den Kindern geweckt wird

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 6:27 PM

Ich finde es ziemlich stressig, nachts von meinen Kleinen aus dem Schlaf gerissen zu werden. Und nicht selten führt akuter Schlafmangel dazu, dass meiner Frau oder mir ärgerliche, boshafte oder einfach nur völlig verrückte Äußerungen über die Lippen rutschen. Diese haben nicht das Geringste damit zu tun, wie wir im...

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When Sexual Innuendos Create Hilarious Misunderstandings

(2) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 4:23 PM

Mel and I usually use sexual innuendos around the house as a way to flirt without the kids knowing what we are talking about. Really anything can be turned into an innuendo as long as it is followed with a sly smile and raised eyebrows. We started doing this shortly...

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10 Crazy Things Said When Up Late With Kids

(23) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 11:47 AM

There is something crazed and stressful about getting up in the night with children, and my wife and I tend to say angry, spiteful and sometimes crazy things when sleep-deprived. These statements are very different from the way we speak to each other during the day, or while...

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The Teacher Called My Son a Dream Student, But I Refuse to Call Him Smart

(2) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 1:09 PM

We were at Tristan's first grade parent teacher conference. My wife (Mel) and I were in the little chairs, sitting at a big round table. Across from us was Tristan's first grade teacher, Mrs. Kay. Tristan was playing with Legos on the other side of the classroom.

"I don't have...

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10 Things a Pregnant Woman Deserves

(2) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 4:44 PM

My wife, Mel, is seven months pregnant with our third child. We've been married for almost ten years. Her last two pregnancies were eye-opening for me. Being pregnant is hard on a woman both physically and mentally. It's something I can't experience. I can only observe. As a...

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What The Hard Work Of Marriage Looks Like

(14) Comments | Posted January 26, 2014 | 2:07 PM

A few nights ago I couldn't sleep. It was midnight. I was in bed. I looked at Mel. As I watched her sleep, I thought about our marriage. I often tell people that the hardest thing I have ever attempted is marriage. It takes sacrifice, tolerance, passion, and understanding.

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My Daughter Is Not a Princess

(30) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 10:51 AM

My 6-year-old son, Tristan, had soccer practice at the high school. I always brought Norah, my 4-year-old daughter, to practice so she could play with her friend Jill (they went to church together), and a little boy named James, who was the younger brother of one of Tristan's teammates. Jill...

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