I always been a fan of Tim Coyne’s ‘Unkempt’ series. Tim’s delivery and storytelling is honest, vulnerable, and funny. And, most of all, I can relate to his overarching theme: the challenges of maintaining long term relationships despite a parents’ divorce fucking it up from the start. Tim’s drive to run away from the problems […]
Posts Categorized: Parenthood
Over the weekend, when the boy and I were out and about, we shared the following exchange – on each and every occasion. (automatic doors opens) “Papa, are those doors magic?” “Any sufficiently advanced technology, son…any sufficiently advanced technology….”
After 3-years of knowing what a fantastic idea it would be – I finally moved the Mac Mini into the living room and plugged it into the HDTV. While the initial plan was to use it as a DVD player1, it piqued my interested in video podcasts 2. Not knowing where to start, I headed […]
Waverly, my new baby girl, was born in the wee hours of the morning on Dec 30. Everyone was home in time to ring in the new year. Couldn’t ask for more. Oh, the reason her eyes are closed in the photo: when open her eyes emit a light as blinding and entrancing as the […]
We’ve Got Money, What We Need is You A New Dad’s Family Handbook The first time around, we picked up the stereotypical new parent books. If any of you are having your first child – you only need one of those books. Go to the bookstore, page through them all, buy the one that makes […]
Mattel Inc, recalls 9 million toys after recalling 1.5 millon. All the recalled products are licensed – Barbie, Batman, Big Bird, Cars, Dora, Elmo, Thomas (shakes fist). Back In My DayTM, very few licensed toys were allowed in the house. I’m sure it was a combination of the ickyness of branding your child, the sensitivity […]
“The most important fact to come from this study is there is no clear evidence of a benefit coming from baby DVDs and videos, and there is some suggestion of harm” – Frederick Zimmerman, University of Washington While I’d like more info on the study methodology (phone interviews with 1K families in MN & WA) […]
There, I said it. Spanking a child is child abuse. There, I said it again. For three reasons: If same action anywhere else on the body would be considered abuse – it’s abuse. It shows children that bigger, stronger people have the right to hurt smaller people. So, big brothers think it’s OK to strike […]
Seems to me, programs that encourage parents to send their kids to schools outside of their immediate neighborhood is a bad idea in a number of ways: Gives parents no incentive to improve their schools or neighborhoods. Makes bad schools worse by reducing their resources. Redirects education dollars into fuel tanks to bus kids further […]
Daddy Types is collecting thoughts for Soon-to-Be-Dads. Mine: Everyday, take your family for a walk. And a bonus story: One of our neighbors rang the doorbell one night back when Little C was just a few months old. Jen and I were watching TV and I was giving Little C his early evening bottle. The […]
Here are a few things I thought I’d share with you on traveling internationally with toddlers. Backpacks are better than strollers.It’s far easier to get through airports, old European cities, and tour castles with Little C strapped to my back than in a terrain-sensitive stroller. As ill-fitting as our current Kelty is, I couldn’t imagine […]
We’re back in Minneapolis. Probably the least eventful trans-Atlantic journey I’ve ever taken. A couple minor hiccups leaving BRU, but nothing that slowed us down. In fact, despite sitting on the tarmac in the rain for 45 minutes on departure and 20 minutes on arrival while the jet-way wouldn’t connect, then going through customs and […]
As many photos we take of the little guy, none of them capture his laugh. As many times I try to record his laugh, it never captures the joy in his eye. Handing him the phone to talk with Grandma is the surest way to make stop talking. I have a memory of playing with […]
It started with the Diaper Champ. After forgetting to replace the plastic garbage bag liner, dropping in a fresh, full diaper, and hearing a empty thud as it splats against the bottom of the bucket. After the third or fourth time of kicking myself for not replacing the bag, I put a few empty garbage […]
We had dinner with the Familia Doodledee this weekend, first time in the new place. Quite enjoyable. Quite comfortable. Good people. Congrats.
Jen’s been adding more words to the photos over at Cooper’s site. My two recent favorites: Things the realtor didn’t show us You talkin’ to me?
We’ve been in the new place about a week now, and I’m amazed at the difference 3 blocks makes. Seriously, from 2700 block of 31st to the 2900 block of 30th. All week, there’s been kids riding bikes, shooting hoops, and we’ve met half our neighbors. Rock on. Speaking of rocks. We’re deep into the […]
There are a number of indicators to determine if Cooper’s diaper needs a changing: Is he screaming? Does the front of the diaper feel and look full? Are his clothing, blankets, or crib wet? As you can see, all the items in this list are what economists call lagging indicators. In addition, two of them […]
Nutopia from Meg Lee Chin’s Junkies and Snakes (megleechin.com) For the Kids from High Speed Scene‘s self-titled album (thehighspeedscene.com) Flowers are Pretty from the Vandals’ Look What I Almost Stepped In
A couple weeks after Cooper was born, Sam sent over National Geographic Around the World Lullabies. Of course, it went straight into Cooper’s playlist on the iPod. Tonight Cooper was inconsolable. None of the usual settling down techniques were working and we were scratching our heads with what to do. Attempting to think strategically between […]
Just thought you (those of you that aren’t my mom) should know. I don’t know about my other blogs – so you should be safe commenting there. Aside from making me think I should stop posting some of the more technical topics, I’m happy for it. Blogging is shorthand – right. Those of you that […]
We started with a couple packages of Huggies newborn diapers. Worked well enough. Though odd things would happen – say, Cooper’s back would be wet. How’s that happen? I wrote it off to our model being slightly smaller than Huggies’ newborn model. Then we mixed in a couple packages of Pampers newborn diapers. Despite their […]
My mom has this great collection of 45s. I remember spending some fantastic afternoons as a kid spinning Joan Jett, the Beatles, and so many other classics. This lazy Saturday afternoon, we had the 89.3 the Current on for Cooper and they played a song by the Pixies. Jen to Cooper: “This was the first […]
In case you were wondering ifwhen I’d be introducing Cooper to podcasting, you can stop waiting. Big thanks go out to Steve Borsch for the Photoshop work and to Julio Ojeda-Zapata for sharing it with the world.
Yes, as of 00:55 Nov 7 2005, yours truly is a officially a father. Light blogging ahead all across the gFeed universe. Well, everywhere except for Cooper’s Photo blog. 10 fingers, 10 toes, eyes like black olives, and just a tinge of strawberry blonde hair.