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When One Plus One is Way More than Two
Having two children is exponentially more difficult than having one.
Eternal Sunshine of a Sentimental Mind
Remember every detail of your kids' world, if you can. You'll be glad you did.
Memories of a Beginning
My oldest daughter begins preschool next week, and I have mixed feelings.
Soap Opera Mysteries
How did at-home parents back in the day have time for soap operas and game shows? Or did they?
Bathroom adventures with young children are always surprising.
The Repository of What We Miss
Contemplating all the things our children learn when we're not present.
Cat Kitty Crying
My daughter's stuffed cat decided to start randomly meowing.
Can you really refer to a spirited toddler as Smiley? Is there a better option?
The Future Ms. Smartypants
Discussing future career opportunities with a four year old.
Eating the Universe
If you can't eat the universe, how about a slice of pizza?
A million things vanish when a family breaks apart. I miss goodnight kisses the most.
My four-year-old daughter loves Paul Simon's classic.
A Trip Unto Bathrooms
Bringing my daughters into a men's bathroom is always an adventure, but it's not always fun.
The Potty Mummy
When my daughter couldn't quite reach the toilet paper, things unraveled quickly.
Reading The Tale of Despereaux
Reading a "words" book with my four-year-old is a delight, and she loves it.
Dancing the Future
My children have taken to chanting in unison when they want something from me.
When the toddler decides bathwater is a delightful beverage.
My daughters, like most children, don't always eat what you when or what you'd prefer.
Once Upon a Midnight Bloody
My daughter's stuffed toy handled cleanup duty after a bloody nose.
Chasing the Moon
Explaining the mysteries of space to a curious three year old.
The Tale of a Lolly in a Potty
I watch my toddler put her pacifier in the toilet and wonder how many times she's done it before.
The Empire of Toys
Toys everywhere, in every corner of the house. The Empire expands daily, and it may destroy us all.
Plight of the Second
The second child has it rougher than the first. Let's acknowledge that for a moment.
The Smartypants Inquisition
My three-year-old daughter's endless questions are a prelude to my own madness. And I love them.
The Dichotomy of Children
It's amazing how wildly different two children from the same parents can be.
At attempt to improve the day with a bout of backyard swimming doesn't go as planned.
At Day's End
Distance yourself from the hourly insanity and be thankful for every moment spent with your kids.
A flying light bulb keeps us awake at night.
Tale of the Car Wash
A child's observations, however sardonic, never fail to amuse.
A Note to the Historian
A request to my youngest daughter to one day appreciate the torment I endured. And a wish for sleep.
Children's toys pile up. They take over your home. But they all have memories.
To Play in a Pen
My kids never liked their playpens. I'm still bitter.
The Sounds of Silence
When the girls are on vacation with their mom, the house is too quiet.
The Road Taken
A favorite Robert Frost poem serves as a fitting tribute to the decision to become an at-home dad.
A Pound (or Ten) of Flesh
As an at-home parent, it can feel like we're constantly struggling to balance health and happiness.
Little Monkey Poltergeists
The kids are on vacation, but I see and hear them everywhere I look.
Curbing Your Ambitionism
Managing your career ambitions as a stay-at-home parent can be tricky.
The Naptime Predicament
As at-home parents, with no time to rest, how do we choose what to do when our children nap?
It's okay... You can apologize
When your kids make you absolutely crazy, take a moment to call your parents and apologize.
To While Away the Hours
What exactly do stay-at-home parents do all day? I'll tell you what we don't do.
On the Origin of Species: Cat vs Kid
Which creature is smarter? A toddler or a cat? I conduct an experiment.
Dear (Stuffed) Friends Forgotten
When stuffed toys become part of the family, it can be sad when your child leaves them behind.
Exercises in Banality
Parenting can rob you of creativity, and when you've got nothing to say, you talk about diapers.
To Eat a Mushroom
Sometimes, despite our best efforts, we can be outmaneuvered by a toddler.
At-home Parenting: Easiest Job in the World?
My single friends think at-home parenting is the easiest job in the world. They are naive.
Snow Falling on Driveways
Remembering one of those quiet, perfect, parenting moments.
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