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Bless the Beasts and the Children—Even When the Children Are Beasts

Today, my daughter’s late arrival to preschool came courtesy of Mr. Grumposaurus, our almost-six-year-old. He couldn’t brush his teeth. He couldn’t put on his shoes. His motor skills had degraded to the point that he couldn’t even muster the strength to pull on his coat. “Let’s go!” I exhorted him. (This is the worst thing […]

Daylight Savings

Eventually she sniffled herself to sleep while I reflected on how, even though I am theoretically the adult, I still make some shoddy parenting choices–like getting into a battle of wills with a 3-year-old over whether she can get out of bed to retrieve a tissue. I wondered if I had done permanent and lasting damage to her young psyche.

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center: A Review

Last weekend, in honor of Presidents’ Day, we had planned a trip to LEGOLAND® Discover Center Philadelphia (which is in Plymouth Meeting). But the stomach virus that’s been going around had other plans–other plans that involved all three of the kids becoming puking machines within minutes of each other. But, LEGOLAND® Discovery Center was kind […]

Things That Don’t Work: “Jutht Call Me Thplit Tongue”

This morning, I was cutting waffles for my kids to eat when my daughter wandered in. “Can I lick the knife?” she asked. I remembered what happened yesterday when I said (and then sang) “no” to her. So I said, “Sure.” Hence the subtitle of this post. Editorial note for the modern social media landscape: […]

My Kids, the Junkies

Recently, the latest version of the “Screens are Digital Heroin” story made the rounds on social media. My wife, ever helpful, tagged me in some of the debates because my doctoral studies included research on technology for learning and digital games. I’ll never be comfortable labeling myself an expert, and god knows nobody else has […]

Blessing or Curse?

There is an expression that goes like this: “May you live in interesting times.” It sounds like a blessing, but it’s actually a curse. Similarly, I remember people telling a younger me, “Just wait until you have kids. It will change everything.” I assumed they meant this positively. Now, I wonder if they were secretly […]

Dads are Parents Too

My wife has a thing for magazines. Especially if they’re free. So with baby #2 on the way, our visits to the ob-gyn office have resulted in even more stacks of reading material sitting around the house. So I picked up one called Parenting, to see what kind of advice I could glean from it. […]