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Mike Julianelle is a somewhat reluctant Stay-at-home Dad learning to deal with being a father and openly bitching about the ways the existence of his son –- and the myriad responsibilities that go with owning a child –- is destroying his social life. You can read more of his honest, unfiltered point-of-view at

Entries by Mike Julianelle

Categorically Opposed to Gender Categories

(16) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 11:49 AM

Recently, Target announced that they'd be doing away with gender-categorizations in their children's sections. This made a lot of people happy and a lot of people angry.

I am torn between being baffled by the anger and totally understanding it. Not because I agree with it...

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The Parenting Curve

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 1:21 PM

I don't know you. And I don't know your kids.

I have no idea what they're like, how they act in public, at restaurants, in movie theaters. I don't know if they have good manners, if they curse, if they listen to you more than they don't,...

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Nobody Hates Kids More than Parents

(17) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 6:11 PM

Controversy recently ignited when the owner of a diner in Maine went ballistic on a screaming toddler.

Many people sided with the owner, apparently buying her assertion that the parents weren't parenting their kid or taking into account how badly she was disrupting everyone else's meals. I...

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It's Okay to Hate Your Baby

(4) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 5:58 PM

Not to state the obvious, but becoming a parent is kind of a big deal. One day you don't have a kid and the next day you do and your life won't ever be the same. It's quite an adjustment. Even with 9 months of warning.

I don't care how...

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The Rules of Distraction

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 4:36 PM

Yesterday, I spent almost 90 minutes at the playground with my son, watching as he raced around with friends old and new, pretending to be a superhero, playing impromptu games of tag, and participating in climbing competitions and slide-caravans.

He knew I was there, and occasionally sought me out if...

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11 Ways Parenting Is Like Watching "Game of Thrones"

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2015 | 2:35 PM

Last night, another season of "Game of Thrones" ended in bloody, punishing, somewhat dispiriting fashion. (Don't worry, no spoilers here!) Of course, it's nothing you're not used to already if you're a fan of the show.

Or if you're a parent.

I'm not crazy enough to suggest that the...

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We're All in It Together

(2) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 8:40 AM

Parenting is a nonstop merry-go-round of comparison, guilt and judgment.

We feel guilty when we screw up. We judge other parents when they screw up. We endlessly compare ourselves to those same parents, unaware -- or, more honestly, unwilling to accept -- that they are experiencing exactly the same...

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11 Ways Children Are Like Politicians

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 9:02 AM

Politicians are universally reviled. Especially American politicians. Especially American politicians in the 21st century. Not only can they not do anything right -- they can't do anything at all! It would almost be cute if it didn't have such an impact on our lives.

Which is kind of the...

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25 Things Every Parent Wants for Christmas

(6) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 10:00 AM

Growing up, when I asked my parents what they wanted for Christmas, they always made a (sad) joke out of it. They knew my brothers and I didn't have any money, so they didn't bother asking for anything real, like a new car, or a box of Cuban cigars, or...

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You Want to Date My Son? It's Your Funeral

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 11:31 AM

My son is only four, but with the speed at which children grow up these days, it won't be long before he starts going on dates. So I thought I'd write a little something to anyone who is considering going to the drive-in and the ice cream stand -- or...

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Why I Won't Let My Son Play Football

(152) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 3:12 PM

After the string of depressing, disconcerting, alarmingly repetitive and generally just gross events surrounding the NFL in the past few months, it's hard to muster up much enthusiasm about the return of football season. And those events involved adults. This involves kids.

My son turned 4 the other day, and...

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Congrats, You're Pregnant! Now Keep It to Yourself.

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 5:33 PM

I'm a reasonable guy. I like to be noticed as much as the next person who has a blog and a Facebook page and a Twitter account. Believe me, I know how strong the pull of social media is; I struggle with it every day.

Luckily, when it...

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Diese Geschenke sollten Eltern mit Kindern wirklich im Flugzeug verteilen

(2) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 9:38 AM

Vor ein paar Jahren hörte man von einer Geschichte über ein Elternpaar mit kleinen Zwillingen, das vor einem Flug Geschenkpakete an die Mitpassagiere verteilte.

Diese Eltern wussten, dass die Chancen groß sind, das ihre Kinder einen Aufstand machen würden. Also wurden sie proaktiv und stellten kleine Pakete mit...

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The No-Bullsh*t Goody Bag for Parents to Give Out on Planes

(637) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 12:33 PM

A few years ago, there was a popular story about a couple who, before boarding a flight with their infant twins, created and distributed goody bags to the other passengers.

Knowing the odds were high that their babies would make a ruckus, these parents got proactive and put...

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4 Lessons My Father Failed to Teach Me -- And What I Learned Instead

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 12:19 PM

Usually the father I talk about on my blog is Yours Truly because, let's face it, that guy is fascinating. But seeing as this weekend is Father's Day, and I've only been a dad for three and a half hellish and interminable years, we're going to talk about someone...

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10 Ways Having Kids is Like Writing a List About Things That Are Like Having Kids

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 3:31 PM

If you've read my blog, or just seen some of my posts here on The Huffington Post, you probably know that I'm not afraid to write

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13 Ways Living With a Toddler Is Like Going to an Amusement Park

(1) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 3:59 PM

Everyone knows that living with a toddler isn't all fun and games. In fact, I've spent a fair amount of time whining about the fact that it's NO fun and games.

Today I'm going to let you in on a little secret: it's SOME fun and games.


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Sorry Sohn, aber du bist das Problem!

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 11:58 AM

Jeder hat diesen einen Freund, für den er sich ständig entschuldigen muss.

„Er ist eigentlicht nicht so", oder „Ich schwöre, wenn Du ihn einmal kennenlernst, ist er eigentlich ganz lieb", oder „Er hat einfach einen speziellen Humor!"

Nach einer Weile merkt man schon, dass das trotz einer Freundschaft eine Reihe...

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Sorry, Son, But It's Not Me, It's You!

(20) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 4:51 PM

Everybody has that one friend for whom they're constantly making excuses.

"He's not normally like this," or "I swear he's cool once you get to know him," or "He's just got a weird sense of humor."

After a while, though, it starts to become apparent that despite your friendship, that's...

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Não há nada errado em não ter filhos! (Quer os meus?)

(1) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 2:29 PM

Ter filhos não é para qualquer um. Lendo meu blog, algumas pessoas podem até dizer que não é pra mim. (Algumas pessoas o disseram, Deus as abençoe!)

Há momentos em que eu me pergunto se é pra mim, geralmente quando meu filho está gritando, e a cerveja acabou. Mas esses...

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