I’d love to be able to say that I can go any significant amount of time without feeling like I’m completely failing as a parent. Some of it is depression, some of it is anxiety, and a lot of it is simply the fact that I can’t give my family everything that I wish that I could. Expensive vacations. A huge house. Top of the … Continue reading When You Feel Like You’re Failing
I’ve been struggling with this one lately, boys. See, I know I’m responsible for teaching you what it means to be men. Problem is that I’ve been on this spinning blue ball for over 40 years now, and I don’t know that I’ve got it completely figured out myself. Based on what I see around me lately, I’m not sure anyone else does, either. What … Continue reading What Defines A Man?
Maybe you saw it coming. Maybe the idea never even crossed your mind. Either way, your child has just been diagnosed. So where do you start? By taking a deep breath, and not doing anything. Don’t start reading pamphlets. Don’t start calling therapists. For the love of God, DON’T JUMP ON-LINE. Go home and take a moment to remember everything you knew about your baby the day … Continue reading When Your Child Is Diagnosed Autistic – First Step
DISCLAIMER: It’s not that I’ve been the victim of parent shaming, per se. It’s more that I’ve just had enough of parents being ugly to each other. Before we even get started, why yes – yes I do kiss my kids with this mouth. If you’re feeling a bit defensive after reading this title, it may be because you often find yourself dispensing what you … Continue reading To All Those Unmitigated, Parent-Shaming Douche Nozzles
My boy had a rough time this morning. Allergy season always takes a heavy toll on him, but we’re usually able to get him back on his feet through judicious application of Zyrtec and Benadryl. That apparently isn’t going to be enough this year, with the pollen counts reaching in the quadrillions. This meant a trip to the pediatrician and a request for the only … Continue reading To Those Who Are Kind
Partly because of my job, and partly because of all the “millennial” frustration I see on-line everyday, I’ve come to a conclusion regarding my own kids: I have to love them enough to let them fail. Let me clarify. We all want the best for our kids. We want them to grow up happy, healthy, and most of all successful. We put a lot of … Continue reading Let Them Lose
I think something inside me has finally broken. My beloved wife likes to joke (at least I think she’s joking) that I spoil everything. This usually comes up in response to my habit of watching TV or movies with what I would refer to as an analytical eye. She just calls it pooping on everything. I can’t help myself. I watch something and I immediately … Continue reading Destroying Childhoods or Ruining What My Kids Make Me Watch