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The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 30. Dirty Hands.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 11.24.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

Relationships are hard. Conflict is everywhere. Lately, Michelle has been trying to blame Lev's farts on me, even though -- and I swear I am not making this up -- only one of us can hiccup and fart at the same time, and it's not me. (Tried. Can't.)

How to Raise a Resilient Child

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 11.20.2015 | Parents
Christopher A. Brown

No matter how closely parents try to manage their children's lives they can't possibly protect them from life's trials and tribulations. Indeed, parents shouldn't protect their children from those things. Parents should guide their children instead in how to effectively manage the challenges they'll face on their own.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 29. What to Do When Your Baby Discovers His Banana.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 11.20.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

Lev turned 6 months old the other day and on his birthday, he earned real money for his first modeling gig. Our tiny Zoolander also ate fruit food for the first time that day -- a banana.

Mama Tried: Cartooning Motherhood

Laura Rossi Totten | Posted 11.19.2015 | Parents
Laura Rossi Totten

Mama Tried is fun and funny - it's part memoir, part commentary, and of course part comic strip. The cartoons are what make this book so relatable and at the same time funny in way that only parents will understand (double points for twins and multiples).

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 28. The Day My Son Lost His Food Virginity.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 11.19.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

Food. Without it, we would be unable to think about 99% of the things that usually bother us. Call it a design flaw, but we humans need to eat every few hours or we melt down.

10 Dos & Don'ts When Talking to Your Children about Terrorism

Dr. Jodi Gold | Posted 11.18.2015 | Parents
Dr. Jodi Gold

The recent violence and terrorist attacks in Paris present challenges for parents. Do you tell your children? When and how do you tell your children about these terrorizing and scary events? What are the dos and don'ts?

The Daddy Diaries, Chapter 27: An Organic Crib.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 11.18.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

We should definitely buy a fancy Swedish crib called Oeuf, because anyone who makes wooden furniture in Sweden and names it after the French word for egg can't be all that bad.

The Daddy Diaries, Chapter 26: Chin Up

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 11.17.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

I'm not sure what's more disturbing: the news that babies are born with 300 bones and yet as adults, we only have 206. Or the fact that I learned that...

Dad Films Dream Vegas Vacation On GoPro, But In Selfie Mode

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 11.15.2015 | Weird News

A dad filmed his entire vacation of a lifetime to Las Vegas on a GoPro camera -- but in selfie mode. Joseph Griffin only realized he’d b...

The Daddy Diaries: Chapter 25 -- In Praise of the Most High

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 11.12.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

He started softly at first, and then began growing in volume. Over and over and over. It wasn't like he was saying, "Oh God!" More like just intoning the name of the primordial creator as if it was a mantra, rolling the word around in his mouth slowly and repeatedly, like it was a marble or a malted ball.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 24. A Buddhist View of Attachment Parenting.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 11.11.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

After all the warnings, I was duly scared about the sleep thing. And it's true. I have not slept more than a few hours in a row for months. But what nobody tells you is how much joy you feel.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 23. A New Pair of Genes.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 11.10.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

Before we left the hospital with Lev, the nurse gave us a little lecture about how important it is not to shake the baby. We've all read about awful incidents in the newspaper often enough to realize why the state has now mandated this little chat with new parents--though I found it odd that they not only explain it, but make both parents sign a document promising we would not violently shake Lev.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 22. The Best of the Breast.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 11.06.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

The big people took me see some fancy Jewish doctor and he said I need to gain more weight. Whatever, fancy Jewish doctor. You're not the one who's got to fit into a diaper bikini this summer. Do you have any idea how long it takes to lose this baby weight?

How to Raise a Charitable Child

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 11.05.2015 | Impact
Christopher A. Brown

What's the secret to raising a charitable child? It's simple. Talk to them about charitable giving.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 21. Daydreams.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 10.29.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

Like any normal father of a newborn child, I spend most of my waking hours daydreaming about when Lev is old enough to be my buddy and we both get matching cowboy outfits and run around the house with broomsticks pretending to be in the Wild West.

Single Dad's Sweet Father-Daughter Dance Gesture Goes Viral

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 10.27.2015 | Parents

A single dad is getting a lot of attention for his viral Facebook post about an upcoming father-daughter dance. On Tuesday, Jason Garmon share...

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 20. And Now, A Word From Lev.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 10.15.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

Hi. It's me, Lev. Yes, I know how to type. It's time I set the record straight. First of all, the two big people have gone crazy lately and begun trying to force me to adhere to some insane sleep schedule they read about in a book.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 19. Three Keys to Raising a Happy, Healthy Baby.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 10.14.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

There's a lot of advice out there about how to raise a baby. There's so much information, much of it contradictory, that it can be overwhelming for new parents to wade through the ocean of books, websites, and well-meaning friends and relatives, all of whom are certain their way is the correct way.

The Daddy Diaries Chapter 18 -- 10 Ways to Lose the Dad Bod

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 10.09.2015 | Comedy
Dimitri Ehrlich

Since Baron von Burpenstein showed up, it's been hard to sleep. And hence hard to find time to exercise, or brush my teeth. I used to take pride in my appearance, but I am so overjoyed at the pleasures of fatherhood I hardly even spend all day in front of the bathroom mirror weeping.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 17. Five Ways to Keep a New Mom Happy.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 11.20.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

When you become a father, if you really fall head over heels with the baby, you begin to appreciate the woman with whom you share the awesome responsibility of parenting in an entirely new light.

Yelling: Our Parental Language of Love

Marjoriet T. Matute | Posted 10.07.2015 | Parents
Marjoriet T. Matute

Screaming, crying and talking back are all traits that were immediately removed from the equation and replaced with smiles, genuine conversations and explanations. Yes, we yell, but then it's followed up with the why's and why not's.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 16. How Boxing Prepares You For Fatherhood.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 09.30.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

There are a few moments in life when our mettle as men is tested. Getting into a fist fight is one. Having a baby is another. You can prepare for either of these, but until you go through it, you never really know how you will respond.

The Adorable Detail On The 'Jane The Virgin' Set You Probably Didn't Notice

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 09.29.2015 | Latino Voices

Gina Rodriguez makes sure to keep her family close, even while she's working.  While re-watching the first season of "Jane The Virgin," a su...

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 15. How Science Explains The Love You Feel For Your Baby.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 09.29.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 15. He blinded me with science. A new dad is lying on the couch, a place where he used to go to drink beer, cuddle with h...

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 13.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 09.23.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

OK. It's time to get honest up in this piece. Can we get real for a minute? You know how everybody waxes rhapsodic about how good a newborn baby smells?