What’s the difference between parenting a child with special needs vs. one without? I struggled with that question when my boy was first diagnosed autistic. Him being our first born, I was still just trying to figure out parenting period. What do you do when your child has a condition you can hardly understand or identify with? It took me a long time, too damn … Continue reading The Only Difference
I’m dreaming of a Dad’s Snow Day, With every child’s sleepless night. When my head beats like a piston, and the kids won’t listen, Those buses can still run in the snow. I’m dreaming of a Dad’s Snow day. An empty house would be such a delight. Just one day would make everything better, and my chest feel not so tight. I’m dreaming of a … Continue reading I’m Dreaming of a Dad’s Snow Day
The holiday season is upon us, and with it will come a flurry of Hallmark Channel movies, Rankin Bass specials, and enough bubbly, dancing, carol singing animals to choke a Grinch with. Let’s face it, holiday programming doesn’t exactly skew towards the Dad demographic. Still, if you’re a good boy (and the wife and kids have gone off to sleep), there are still some silver screen gems … Continue reading Dad’s Christmas Watch List
Oh, look at you, you magnificent tool. I don’t even know where to start. Are you drunk in this picture? You have to be drunk. Tell me you’re drunk, ’cause I’m having a hard enough time believing that I’m going to turn out like this. Oh, and one question – WHERE THE HELL IS OUR HAIR?? What on God’s earth possessed you to do that … Continue reading Hey, Old Man!
Parenting can be a thankless job. Sure we get Mother’s and Father’s Days, and every once in a while they’ll make us some little craft or art project out of the blue, but for the most part parenting is a one-way street. We raise them, care for them, provide for them, and they go on about their lives never questioning the golden parachute that is … Continue reading Payback or What I Want From My Kids
“They say he has autism.” I didn’t go with my wife to the appointment with the developmental pediatrician that day. I had taken a couple sick days not too long before then, and I didn’t think it would be prudent to take another off. I remember telling her I wasn’t worried about what we were going to hear. “He’s just a little behind”, I had … Continue reading Common Terms
I know it’s hard When you can’t find the words to say. But the truth, my darling boy, Is that you speak volumes in your own special way. With a laugh, with a smile,… With a dance to your own happy beat, You show us all a life that couldn’t be more sweet. And even on the days when it’s hard, When you can’t get anyone … Continue reading To My Boy on His 5th Birthday