Why Dads Need to Learn About Postpartum Depression


Mommylibrium never demands I should write about a particular topic on this blog. But when she gives me a nudge I know well enough to listen. She recently took part in a conference devoted to perinatal mood disorders, something I haven’t thought about since our second child was born. Those first few weeks after welcoming a [...]

Six Rock Classics Your Children Aren’t Old Enough to Hear


Few things make me happier than my son demanding to hear “Werewolves of London” from my iPod. Most dads grew up on rock classics like that Warren Zevon ditty, so hearing a child clamor for it is sweet music indeed. Eli fell in love with the song’s signature howling, and for a while we’d all [...]

How to Make a Miniature Golf Course in Your Backyard


As a teen my life revolved not on dating but going to the movies and playing “Putt Putt.” That’s what we called miniature golf, a game I can’t wait for my sons to start playing. They’re still a mite young for a go at a local miniature golf course. It’s never good to take too [...]

Is It OK to Occasionally Hate Your Kids?


My wife asks me the same question roughly once a month, “do other parents feel this way?” The question usually comes after an epically bad day, one where our boys either broke something valuable, fought for what seemed like hours or simply ignored our every request. Sometimes all three. Yesterday, I had a question of [...]

How to Make Your Wife’s First Mother’s Day Unforgettable

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(Guest post by Kellen Shields) If you and your wife are celebrating your very first Mother’s Day, you probably want to make it a special occasion. Fortunately, if you know her pretty well, it should be easy to figure out what sorts of things are going to be the most helpful for her as a [...]

Why the ‘Star Wars’ Teaser Trailer Moved Me to Tears


(Guest post by Tom Smithyman) Let me get this off of my chest right now. I cried when I saw the new “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” trailer. Oh, I didn’t curl up into the fetal position and lose control of my bodily functions, but I was emotionally moved. Over a movie teaser trailer. And [...]

My Son Thinks I’m a ‘Low-Down Yankee Liar’


Shane: So you’re Jack Wilson. Jack Wilson: What’s that mean to you, Shane? Shane: I’ve heard about you. Jack Wilson: What have you heard, Shane? Shane: I’ve heard that you’re a low-down Yankee liar. Jack Wilson: Prove it. My six-year-old son Eli doesn’t wear a black hat like the villain in “Shane.” That 1953 western [...]

6 Essential Tips for Home School Dads

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(Guest post by David Serwitz) Many people assume that all home-schooling families fit into a particular model: Dad goes to work and mom stays home to teach the kids. For many families, that is the way home schooling works. However, there are quite a few home-schooling families who do things a little differently. In these [...]