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.
Well, it's official. My third son officially told me he hates me for the first time this week. I walked past a gelato shop without giving into his tantrum for a cone. An elderly couple happened to be walking by us just at the moment I was explaining why we don't have treats on school days.
In the spirit of identifying with the tireless role that they play in support of their music-loving, instrument-lugging progenies, I've made a handful of keen observations so that others might avoid entering the future ranks without first knowing what's in store.
Ward "Scarman" Foley was born with Arthrogryposis and has spent the last 30 years giving speeches across the nation and abroad. He is also a published author and hospice volunteer. He spoke at that conference and engaged new parents, old parents, and teens and adults who had never met another person with the same condition.
Your kid is opting out of fun social activities because of this issue. It is severely impacting his social life and quality of life in general. Why let him suffer like this? This will not go away. It will seem weirder and weirder to the other kids, and will impact whether he makes friends.
It's not uncommon for parents to offer their children a "reward" to get them to comply with a rule. But these are not rewards -- these are bribes.
This study is another reminder of how important it is to take our children's emotions seriously. When you know that something disturbing has happened to your child, make sure to check in and mention the experience a few different times.
Finally, as I am encroaching on 40, I think I've found myself. I remember who I am. I am a slobbery fool. I am a confident adult. I dance in the living room and sing off-key. I still have no fashion sense. And, even though I have to fight for it now, I'm happy again.
You are an adult... unless you are a kid. But most people reading this are grown adults -- paying bills, contributing to society, community leaders, p...
Last time I got together with my parents, we were reminiscing and my Dad said, "Parents do the best they can." Parents miss the mark in some areas....
I stare at my sticky children and my legs won't move. I am so tired. I make up silly rules to make myself feel better. We will have bath day every other day -- this is the other day. We had swim class today; the chlorine probably killed most of the germs.
I refuse to accept what isn't acceptable. I refuse to remain silent. I refuse to stand by and watch other families crumble, literally be torn at the seams, emotionally and financially.
This year, my 11-year-old, and at least half of her friends, are planning to dress as YouTube sensation Miranda Sings. I am SO on board with this costume.
If I had to offer advice to other gay or straight couple's that are considering adoption it would be to simply 'do your homework.'
Of course, at the time I didn't know I was in labor. My doctor had mentioned that if the contractions lasted longer than an hour I could assume it was the real deal but I didn't know what contractions should feel like.
We all have our unique pressure moments -- situation in which we have something at stake and the outcome is dependent on our performance -- but I think we would all agree that being stuck on Mars with a limited supply of food and water and help being 140 million miles away would be a pressure moment for all of us.