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A Dad’s 14 “Little Scraps Of Wisdom”

  Umberto Eco wrote, “I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.” I’ve been a father for 14 years—so here are 14 “little scraps of wisdom” from a daddy who specializes in odd moments. 1) […]

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It’s Time to Take Back Summer

Moms, it is time to take back summer! In the past, our family has always tried to do summer camps, take vacations, plan home improvement projects, and create epic summer memories. I have felt guilty if I don’t have an activity planned every day. Summer break continued to get busier and busier and eventually, it […]

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To the Moms Before Me: I’m Sorry

Moms, I owe you an apology.   You, my friends and family members who became mothers before I did, who grappled and groaned with child-rearing before I could even imagine it, deserve my honesty. You have been the target of my ignorant and fantastically misguided conceit.   Here is my confession. As I enjoyed my […]

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My Control Is Ruining My Kids

My Control Is Ruining My Kids

I have three kids, two of whom are in middle school. They’re bright, kind, well-rounded and, for the most part, make good decisions. But, I’ve noticed a trend in my parenting recently that has me concerned: I’m trying to control them. When they were young, I swore I would never be one of “those” parents. […]

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Why We Love the Enrichment Therapy and Learning Center

This post is sponsored by Enrichment Therapy and Learning Center Des Moines, but all thoughts and opinions are expressed honestly by myself.My oldest child, Lucy, was a toddler when we learned she had some developmental delays. After evaluations with a variety of professionals, she received diagnoses of mixed expressive-receptive language disorder, sensory processing disorder, and […]

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