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One Life But We’re Not The Same
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One Life But We’re Not The Same

There’s been a one hour driving distance bubble encircling my immediately family for our entire lives. At the end of July, my oldest brother (the one recoiling with iPhone in hand in the photo above) will move 10 hours south. I could choose to be sad he’s fleeing the area. […]

What Was Once Here and What Still Is
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What Was Once Here and What Still Is

No one here tonight likely knows what the rusted Kellogg’s vending machine would have sold many years ago, but from outward appearances the still sunshine yellow M&M ice cream dispenser could pass for a functioning source of frozen treats to this day. Both are tucked away, along with at least […]

Making The Summer Safer, No Helicopter Parenting Required
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 […]

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