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kids swearing

September 17, 2017
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Kids Swearing: It’s okay, you know, sort of…

When you hear kids swearing, conclusions are made. Almost instantly, hearing any number of kids swearing brings the listener to a conclusion, either about the kid or about his or her parents. It is unfair, however, to jump to conclusions … Continue reading

openly vulnerable dad

August 12, 2017
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A Father’s Love: What I Learned From a More Openly Vulnerable Dad

This is the story about how another dad showed me how…and why it is okay and even wonderful to be an openly vulnerable dad. One sentence. That was all it took for me to know I was onboard with this guy. … Continue reading

why questions of a child

June 5, 2017
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But Why, Daddy?: Using the Why Questions of a Child to Unearth Life’s Mysteries

Children like to know why. Why this, why that, why everything…literally everything. This nonstop hailstorm of why questions can be irritating and time-consuming. The why questions of a child, however, are simply inevitable. All young children between the ages of about three … Continue reading

spanking

May 19, 2017
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Why Spanking Ruined My Life

My parents never spanked me as a child. In fact they never hit me at all. I think this is where my dysfunction began. In the absence of spanking. I was punished, albeit, benignly. Spanking wasn’t in my parent’s handbook … Continue reading

baby clothes

May 7, 2017
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How to be Fearless

Fear is a primal emotion. Everyone has been scared. Even in adulthood, everyone is scared of something. People try to couch their fears inside rationality—nest them in a space of solace—so as not to have to realize them. This doesn’t … Continue reading

emotion

April 1, 2017
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The Emotional Continuum of a Small Child

By far one of the most challenging aspects of having a child is adapting to the hail storm of emotions coming at you from every angle. There are tidal waves of emotions from the moment the baby is born and … Continue reading

sick

March 24, 2017
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How to Identify Illness and Care for a Sick Child

There is a lot to complain about as a new parent. The daily routine of keeping your child alive is a difficult task. Moreover, there is a laundry list of items that can complicate it. One of the more irritating, … Continue reading

manners

March 1, 2017
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Kids and Manners: a manual for new parents/pitiful role models

Encouraging good manners and behavior in children is a difficult endeavor. It is made even more challenging once parents realize that the real key to promoting manners and kindness is based on role modeling. Most modern adults are simply unable to … Continue reading

travel

February 21, 2017
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Children and Transportation

As a parent, there are certain things you’ll just have to accept are purely and utterly ridiculous and there is simply no changing them. Chief among these is traveling. Whether it be by airplane, motor vehicle, or simply walking from … Continue reading

food

February 12, 2017
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The Food Culture of a Child

While certainly sleep, clothing, and shelter are important components of raising a child, one of the more difficult things to adapt to as a new parent is food. Babies and young children, despite their relatively small stature and weight, eat … Continue reading

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