I’m A Stay-At-Home Dad

February 25, 2014

I’m revisiting an article I wrote for the San Diego Reader in 2005. Because I’m still a stay-at-home dad, and I still mean every word I wrote. Hi, I’m a stay-at-home dad. Now, before your eyes glaze over and you slowly back away, let me just tell you why I am one. Most boys don’t [...]

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Bad Things Happen

February 5, 2014

Parents play so many roles, but one of the most important is that of protector. I still remember the feeling that came over me when we brought our first child home. Driving away from the hospital, I was on full alert, ready to defend my newborn son with every ounce of my being. I had [...]

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A Bad Dad

January 28, 2014

It’s been awhile since I saw a bad dad in public. I mean, it’s hard to tell just by looking at them. You have to wait until they actually start parenting to see their lack of skills, and there are way too many dads who don’t even bother. So, I was in an outdoors store, [...]

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Ten Great Biographies for Kids

January 14, 2014

There are valuable lessons to be learned from studying the great men and women of history. You get to read about courage, determination, creativity, leadership, and so many other positive virtues. Plus, nothing livens up history like getting to know the stories of the real people who lived it. Here are ten biographies that are [...]

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The Sinking Feeling

January 13, 2014

As parents, it seems like not a day goes by when we don’t get some sense of dread or disappointment. Thankfully, these feelings are usually minor. We get over them quickly, or at least with very little pain and suffering. Here are my Top Five Sinking Feelings (that don’t involved death, destruction, or body parts): [...]

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The Fog of Winter

December 31, 2013

Winter Fog. Moscow, Idaho

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Forgotten Toys

December 11, 2013

Christmas is coming, that time of year when the old toys are pushed aside by the new toys. My kids are like I was at that age. The polite term is “collector” but, in truth, it might be bordering on “hoarder.” We save everything. Of course, over the decades things do get lost. And forgotten. [...]

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Christmas DVD Giveaway

November 25, 2013

For anyone of my generation, one of our most cherished Christmas traditions is the annual viewing of the Rankin/Bass animated classics. Frosty the Snowman, Frosty Returns, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, and, my personal favorite, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Back in my day, we had one shot at watching these shows. No videos, no [...]

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Fly Like An Eagle

November 15, 2013

How do you get a 250-pound picnic table up a steep 1.2-mile mountain trail? That’s what I wondered when my son found his Boy Scout Eagle Project. After much asking and researching, and even hoping that someone might approach him with a project idea, I was quite proud when my son came up with a [...]

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Still Running Through It

November 13, 2013

Check, check… Is this thing on? Let’s see, where were we last I wrote a blog post? Something about killing a dad blog through a good night’s sleep. My little family blog is coming up on its tenth birthday next year, and there’s a lot of history here. About raising kids, homeschooling, being a stay [...]

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