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Making The Summer Safer, No Helicopter Parenting Required
Parenting Blog

Making The Summer Safer, No Helicopter Parenting Required

There’s a helicopter museum near our house. I’m sure it’s lovely. I dunno, I’ve never been. In the early days of my life as a stay-at-home dad a decade ago, that museum was something of a punchline in jokes volleyed between my wife and me. She’d wind me up with […]

How The Tween Stays Clean and This Family Stays Close
Parenting Blog

How The Tween Stays Clean and This Family Stays Close

Ten is 99.44% pure. Ten is clean-as-a-whistle knock knock jokes on repeat and dirt beneath fingernails with hands in cookie jars. Ten is clean but needs to get cleaner every night to remove the smell of ten. Eleven, thus far, a few weeks in, isn’t offering much relief from that […]

My Three Incredible Stay-At-Home Dad Superpowers
Parenting Blog

My Three Incredible Stay-At-Home Dad Superpowers

Rickety knees have relegated the scaling of tall buildings to fantasyland for me; leaping those same skyscrapers in a single bound, what with that degenerative lower back and all, is, at this point in life, an even worse idea. I may not have actual superpowers like Elastigirl, or even in […]

How I Created A Perfect Yellowstone Moment To Last A Lifetime
Travel

How I Created A Perfect Yellowstone Moment To Last A Lifetime

We dream about these things — the moment we’ll first hold our babies snug in shaky yet sturdy arms, their first words/steps/soccer matches/graduations/and on and on. We also dream in technicolor about the moment we along with our children will first gaze out upon the sunken depths of Earth at […]

The Push and Pull of Parenting My Pre-Teen Daughter
Parenting Blog

The Push and Pull of Parenting My Pre-Teen Daughter

For over fourteen years I’ve been waiting for the scales to level, for the other shoe to drop. Things have been too smooth, too easy, relatively speaking, and while the shoe is still on today, the laces are undone and the seams in the socks are annoying as hell. Parenting […]

On The Edge of America
Nature Photography / Travel

On The Edge of America

There were several points during the soggy hike down where we were like, “nah, let’s forget this”, let’s ditch the plan, turn around, and drive away from the edge of America. But we’d come this far already. A cross country flight and the few hours of driving were in the […]

Carnival Cruise's Christine Duffy, ALSAC's Richard Shadyac Jr. and incredible St. Jude kid Victoria.
Parenting Blog

A Marriage of Fun And Fundraising Between Carnival and St. Jude

If you’ve ever cruised with Carnival, you know already that the popular cruise line is committed big style to supporting the everlasting efforts of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, helping to ensure that children with cancer get the treatment they need and that their parents never get a bill for […]

The Accidental Zucchini Pizza in Bracciano Italy
Travel

The Accidental Zucchini Pizza in Bracciano Italy

There are many reasons to pack your bags, to triple check that your daughter actually packed any underwear (she didn’t), to make sure the iPad is fully charged for the long flight (it’s not), to splurge on the plane tickets without a connecting flight, to travel to foreign places with […]

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