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The Reality of Being a Dad When Mom is Out of Town

My wife recently went out of town for a couple of days for work and left me to run this household all by myself. Piece of cake, right? Here’s how my morning went. Alarm went off. Too damn early. I knew I needed to get 3 of my 5 kids up and ready for school.…

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Replacing Immediate Gratification with Patience (Starting Now)

“Good things come to those who wait.” I’ve always hated that phrase because, basically, I am not good at waiting. Never have been. I get stuff done in a hurry. I don’t waste time waiting. I was content with this approach and it was working for me. And then I became a parent. My lack…

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I Resolve to Remember

It’s stressful just thinking about it. New Year’s Resolution time is upon us. I remember one year I vowed to give up sugar. That lasted about 2 days and, dang, that chocolate bar sure was worth it. A more proactive year I resolved to try to be kinder to myself and use “positive self-talk” until I…

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How the Current Political Climate is Improving My Parenting

(Note to our dear readers: This is NOT a political statement position piece. We have created this space to escape from chaos, not t0 be a platform for promoting more. So, read on, dear ones, and grab a great cup of coffee while you’re at it). It’s true. Our toxic political climate has made me a…

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Dear Family with the U-haul

As we fly down the highway at 70mph I strain my neck to peer into your jam-packed car. I don’t know what I am expecting to see, a dad white-knuckling it as the packed down u-haul sways in the wind or a mom sobbing in the front seat? Of course, I don’t see much for…

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