How do you and yours work out big-deal decisions?
Yup, there goes my daughter. Now and again Girl Child shows some little tiny bit of recognizable me. No idea how she picks it up – DNA, my mindful parenting… read on »
May 21, 2010
Have a tough time selling young'uns, pisca-phobe spouse on food that swims?
Always looking to have it both ways, is our Girl Child… On the one hand, her first-grade social set frowns on fish and God forbid she should defy an Ewww!… read on »
April 27, 2010
Which of your kid's accomplishments makes you bust a button?
Sebastian, FL – Couple hours of quiet while Minerva and Girl Child do the beach, leaving me some keyboard time and a bit of kayaking that I didn’t mention to… read on »
April 23, 2010
Guys, were we really so outgunned when we were kids? Are we still?
Having begged the question in recent posts, finally came out and asked -- Are girls meaner than boys? -- in latest Pater Post on the Parenting Channel of Yahoo's slick online… read on »
March 18, 2010
Do problems between kids really need to be worked out?
Maybe this is a mama thing. First time one of them leaned on me to get our girls together so they could work things out, was way back in preschool.… read on »
March 17, 2010
Do kids need to be mad at somebody in their group? Is it a girl thing?
Thank God, is all I can say, that I am not a practically-seven-year-old female. Just listening to Girl Child talk about the social warfare at school and up and down… read on »
March 10, 2010
How in the world do we deal with this stuff?
Blogged fast, out of need: Used to be hard to tell if Girl Child really meant what she said or was just goofing, pulling the Old Man's chain, trying to get… read on »
March 6, 2010
SAH dads, you know you’re working the gender role thing, but where do you draw the line?
If we stay-at-home/work-at-home fathers had a mascot, it would be a dog, a special dog. The dog that can count to seven. The counting per se is no big… read on »
February 17, 2010
Isn’t control better parenting than outright curse-word prohibition?
- Please Daddy. - No, honey, not yet. - Please, just a little bit. - I know how hard it is to wait. But it’s just like Christmas. If we… read on »
February 12, 2010
Do you and your kid(s) find happiness in refusal?
Okay, that’s it. Five minutes after eight, right when we said we’d stop the movie and go upstairs to get ready for bed. Girl Child acts panicky – “But this… read on »
January 29, 2010
Kid's big day should be kid's, right?
Among our zillion digi-pictures is a shot that says a lot about making kids cry at their own birthday parties. The image dates to a small backyard gathering when Girl… read on »
January 20, 2010
Has fathering female(s) changed your world?
Somewhere, probably right here on Wrenmead Street, a dad and male progeny watch a playoff game on TV and scream abuse at some screwup idiot knucklehead jerk with no business… read on »
January 13, 2010
Do you show off for your kid(s)?
Apologies to Aesop, but slow and steady does not win. Rabbits dust tortoises. In a big citizens’ run like last month’s 8K in a suburb next to ours, rabbits win… read on »
December 24, 2009
Have problems with profanity? You, kid(s), everybody?
We have, right here in Upper Unsuburb, the world’s most depressing Chinese restaurant. Dark, fantastically dreary, serving food nowhere cheap enough to be so lousy. There ought to be an… read on »
December 11, 2009
A little twisted humor is harmless, right?
Eyeballs from Minerva, meaning that Girl Child’s playdate friend might be disturbed and her parents, if they hear, will think I’m psycho. Sorry, Baby, but GC has already hauled out… read on »
December 1, 2009
What if one/all of yours were triplets?
Minerva, in case you’re wondering, is blognamed after the Roman Goddess of Wisdom. True story. One of many that show why Minerva is a Big City Suit and I do,… read on »
November 20, 2009
How much organized activity is too much?
You’d think that the dramatic arts pro who directs our Youth Theater could put on an act, like she’s not wondering if I’m another pain-in-the-ass pushy stage parent. But just… read on »
November 6, 2009
Do you do religion for sake of kid(s)?
“But I am Jewish!” That was our sobbing Girl Child, age almost three, after I mentioned in passing that we were not what her beloved Jewish Community Center preschool was,… read on »
November 3, 2009
Thinking about weaning kid(s) off the screen? Already did?
Parenting rule of rules: The Law Of Unintended Consequences. Do some right-minded thing, and suffer weird side effects. I give you… A sudden longing for the days when the Old… read on »
October 27, 2009
Is pretend violence okay?
Girl Child at the mirror, grooming for school. She vamps for full effect. Little soon for that, but, hey, she does her own hair now. Brushing I do not miss,… read on »
October 23, 2009