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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?

The Road Goes Ever On and On

In a world where emotions change as frequently as the weather, today is sunny.

Absorption

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.

Rebranding Smiley

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?

Lost Goodnights

A million things vanish when a family breaks apart. I miss goodnight kisses the most.

50 Ways

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.

A Love-ly Interlude

My daughter has discovered the idea of love, and even the soap is falling in love.

The Land of Three

Counting to three is often effective, but why is it necessary?

The Why-Because Loop

There's no escape from the Why Because loop, no satisfactory answer, and no alternative.

A Bout of Ickiness

Stuck inside for a week, sick with little people, in need of sleep.

Out-Lollied

The toddler loves her pacifier. She hides them throughout the house for times when I take one away.

Chanting

My children have taken to chanting in unison when they want something from me.

Bathwater Shots

When the toddler decides bathwater is a delightful beverage.

My Sister, the Toddler

When the four-year-old learns a new word for her younger sibling...

Indecisive Breakfasting

My daughters, like most children, don't always eat what you when or what you'd prefer.

Cold Weather Updates

As winter sets in after a miserable Autumn, the girls and I persist.

Drinking Water. Sort of.

When Smiley can't find a cup for water, she improvises.

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.

Gone Swimmin'

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.

SmartyPants' Nightmares

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.

Accumulation

Children's toys pile up. They take over your home. But they all have memories.

Tale of the Short Night

The kid's attitude after too little sleep was delightfully surprising.

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.