First, click this link:
The Onion: Dad’s been on a parenting kick lately
Did you click it? You didn’t click it did you. Nobody ever listens to me. Alright, fine. It’s an article from The Onion that describes an area dad who’s been on a parenting kick. They interview his daughter who confirms that he’s really been into the parenting stuff for the last week. But seriously, just click it. It’s better when you read it.
Next, please tell me I’m not alone in going on various parenting kicks. (This is called “upping the ask”.) Continue reading The never-ending, ever-changing quest for consistent parenting
Last week, I cut through the park in our neighborhood while I was walking home from some errand or another and saw a group of about 10 or 12 women enjoying a picnic with their kids. The kids had all finished eating and were playing while the moms chatted and laughed. (Don’t judge, working folks, you do the same thing around the water cooler, but you rarely have to interrupt your discussion about the Breaking Bad series finale in order to clean up poop.)
I have to admit that I felt a pang of jealousy when I saw them – for the socialization, not the poop cleaning. The kind of camaraderie I saw at the park or that I had with my colleagues in the professional world is rarely available for dads who serve as their family’s primary caregiver. Continue reading The perils and glories of being a stay-at-home-dad