Apr 022012
 
I'm No Longer Employed... Doing My Part for the Economy?

A week ago today was my last official day of employment. Yes, I had been at home with Thomas for four months, but I had been out on leave. First I was out on paternity/bonding leave, then I asked for a personal leave. Those leaves have finally been exhausted and I am no longer employed. This means some of the benefits I was receiving for being employed I no longer get… not the biggest loss there, although there were a few nice perks. What I Miss Most I worked for my employer for just over 13 years. I went through [...]

Mar 262012
 
I'd Make a Horrible 1950's Housewife

So last week, on Wednesday I believe, I did my first housework while staying home with Thomas. Nearly FOUR MONTHS of being home with Thomas and I finally did some housework during the day while my spouse was at work and I was caring for Thomas! No, dinner isn’t ready and on the table when my wife gets home, in fact my wife ends up making dinner more often than I do. I am not waiting at the door to take her jacket and hand her a drink, the newspaper and a cigar. When my wife gets home I am [...]

Mar 212012
 
How Different Are Mom's vs. Dad's Caring Methods?

I think about this a lot as I am home with Thomas. How different is the care, nurturing and raising that happens? I know there are differences… for example I know that my wife is more nurturing than I am. Note to my wife: You are amazing, this isn’t criticism, please don’t take it that way If Thomas starts crying, my wife is quick to render hugs, kisses and nurturing. When this happens and it is just Thomas and I, I don’t rush to pick him up and I don’t immediately plant hugs/kisses on him. I watch for his reactions; [...]

Mar 192012
 
"It Will Get Better" - Devon Corneal Puts Some Positivity In Your Parenting Future

I don’t typically read the Huffington Post, but lately there have been some great blogs in there that have come at the right time. First the “Apologies to the Parents I Judged Four Years Ago” and now the “It Will Get Better”. First… every parent will judge pretty much every other parent, I think this is a fact of life and just part of how we compare and contrast one parenting method to another. What works for one child may not work for another so judging isn’t always fair because we probably see less than 1% of the daily life [...]

Mar 192012
 
Children Under Two Shouldn't Watch Any Television...

As watching television means they are not playing with a parent or engaging with or developing motor skills through playing with toys. This was released way back in 1999, but re-released by the American Academy of Pediatrics in October, 2011. I’m getting this information from this New York Times article. This topic is a sore spot for many parents because television is such a great distraction for a few vital minutes while mommy/daddy need to accomplish something without distraction. The reason I mention this is because I have noticed that there have been different times where Thomas has gone through [...]

Mar 182012
 
Do You Play Games to Get Things Done With Your Kids? IE Chores/Cleaning?

So we play a game after every meal time so we can clean off Thomas’ face and then clean his gums/teeth. Our hope is that by doing this now we can instill more of these games, such as cleaning up toys or getting dressed etc. Who knows though, this just may be a stage where he does what we want and as a toddler he does nothing… I’m sure that if we keep this up he will be more likely to allow us to do these things… I was curious though if more parents do things like this to get [...]

Mar 162012
 
Thomas Cries at One of His Toys

Since Thomas has been able to situp on his own he has been spending hours each day playing with his toys. This has been wonderful as we have been able to engage motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Thomas loves all of his toys, except for one… This police car toy has a siren that goes off when you squeeze the “hood”. When Thomas hears this siren he will cry. He could have been playing with this car for twenty minutes and if he hits the siren (or I do by mistake)… he cries. There are dozens of other toys that [...]

Mar 162012
 
Guest Post: Things I Want My Sister to Know... Advice for Mom's-To-Be

That’s right, a guest post… my very first and it is courtesy of my wife. She sent this letter to her sister who was expecting a little girl. She wanted to share all of the knowledge and information she had gained during the first few months of staying home with Thomas after he was born. Hoping to pass this information on to her sister, she shared this with me months later so I could share this with all of you. Things I want my sister to know: Treasure every moment – even when she is screaming and you are at [...]

Mar 152012
 
Its Been Raining for a Few Days... Not Sure What to do

I think Thomas is at this in-between stage where he isn’t crawling or walking yet, but playing up a storm with everything. This is great for me because he will occupy himself for an hour or so with his toys and I just encourage him to reach farther and get his legs under him. I lay behind him in case he falls back so he doesn’t smack his head on the floor. Did I mention that throwing himself backwards is one of his favorite new games? He does this a lot… make him giggle and he will squeal and throw [...]

Mar 142012
 
Get to Know Me... I Answer A Q&A Created by Debut Dad

Thanks to Debut Dad, for mentioning me in a blogger Q&A and creative questionnaire. I am now to answer 11 questions, create 11 questions and tag 11 bloggers to answer those questions so watch out! The Rules: You must post the rules. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and create eleven (11) new questions to ask the people you have tagged. Tag eleven people and link them to your post. Let them know you have tagged them. Well now that the rules are out of the way, here are the questions that Debut Dad created [...]

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