The Season of Clean: Spring Cleaning More Than the House The Season of Clean: Spring Cleaning More Than the House
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Giving Kids The Autonomy They Need and Deserve Giving Kids The Autonomy They Need and Deserve
Parenting Blog The Season of Clean: Spring Cleaning More Than the House

The Season of Clean: Spring Cleaning More Than the House

It has become one of my most cherished traditions. Every year, I take one gorgeous spring day, when the sun is bright and warm as it enters the house from the windows I’ve enthusiastically opened in every room, when the birds have returned to sing me the songs they’d been […]

OWTK Kindie Music News Born in the Deep Woods album cover (photo by Aaron Hewitt/illustrations by Ryan Bruce)

Watch This: Red Yarn’s Adorable “Mockingbird” Music Video Featuring An Awesome Dad and His Son

Despite a healthy lifelong fear of the Deep Woods and all that lurks inside, I have a deep affinity for the ginger from Portland, Oregon known as Red Yarn. Red Yarn, kindie rock’s resident foot-stomping folk troubadour, is back with a brand new album, Born In The Deep Woods, out […]

OWTK's Helpful Ideas OWTK’s Helpful Idea #11: Portion Control

OWTK’s Helpful Idea #11: Portion Control

It’s the mighty return of the ridiculously sporadic OWTK Helpful Ideas series! Yay! This one is all about eating well, living healthy, and NOT stuffing your food hole when out at a restaurant. OWTK Helpful Idea #11 is simple, so simple that I CANNOT BELIEVE NO ONE IN THE HISTORY […]

Travel The Mighty Pen: Hard Rock Riviera Maya Mexico 

The Mighty Pen: Hard Rock Riviera Maya Mexico 

It was a celebration of the music we love and the love that has let us share our name for the past 15 years. This was a Mexican musical getaway sans children, a long weekend to bask in the warm tropical glow of a decade and a half of marriage. […]

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The Season of Clean: Spring Cleaning More Than the House
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The Season of Clean: Spring Cleaning More Than the House

It has become one of my most cherished traditions. Every year, I take one gorgeous spring day, when the sun is bright and warm as it enters the house from the windows I’ve enthusiastically opened in every room, when the birds have returned to sing me the songs they’d been […]

The Final Pilgrimage
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The Final Pilgrimage

Attempts to equate sports with religion never fail to sound trite at best, blasphemous at worst. And yet here I am, about to describe for you my final pilgrimage to a place of concrete and metal, a place constructed with unsavory angular exterior walls and sharp points jutting out into […]

The Mighty Pen: Hard Rock Riviera Maya Mexico 
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The Mighty Pen: Hard Rock Riviera Maya Mexico 

It was a celebration of the music we love and the love that has let us share our name for the past 15 years. This was a Mexican musical getaway sans children, a long weekend to bask in the warm tropical glow of a decade and a half of marriage. […]

Modern Dads Raising Tweens and Teens
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Modern Dads Raising Tweens and Teens

Five dads, from different parts of the country, but all of whom are in the midst of raising tweens and teens, have contributed audio pieces to the newest episode of the Modern Dads Podcast. I was honored to be asked to be one of them and decided to read my […]

Not Ready Yet To Go All The Way Grey
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Not Ready Yet To Go All The Way Grey

The flecks of grey started to appear in my early twenties. That seemed a bit ahead of schedule. The grey onslaught started slow enough, just a strand here and there, something my mom would point out with a slightly wry smile when I’d return to the nest. She’d say I […]

Giving Kids The Autonomy They Need and Deserve
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Giving Kids The Autonomy They Need and Deserve

My daughters have had certain freedoms from just about day one — freedom to dress themselves how they wish, style their hair in any way that makes them happy, pick their school lunch snacks, become vegetarians, freely challenge the ideas of their parents, and on and on — but we […]

Born in the Deep Woods album cover (photo by Aaron Hewitt/illustrations by Ryan Bruce)
OWTK Kindie Music News

Watch This: Red Yarn’s Adorable “Mockingbird” Music Video Featuring An Awesome Dad and His Son

Despite a healthy lifelong fear of the Deep Woods and all that lurks inside, I have a deep affinity for the ginger from Portland, Oregon known as Red Yarn. Red Yarn, kindie rock’s resident foot-stomping folk troubadour, is back with a brand new album, Born In The Deep Woods, out […]

How To Take A Couples-Only Vacation With Your Kids
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How To Take A Couples-Only Vacation With Your Kids

You might think that the title of this travel blog post makes absolutely no sense but you’d be absolutely incorrect. There IS an easy way to take a couples-only vacation WITH your kids and it makes financial sense to do so too. I explain how to do it and run […]

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