Fatherhood at 40

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The unfiltered truth about YouTube Kids

The unfiltered truth about YouTube Kids

There was a time during my journey as a parent when I believed things couldn’t ever get worse than Caillou. Truth is, they can. Caillou, that whiny Charlie Brown animated knockoff, is merely an annoyance compared to what truly is the Internet equivalent of feeding your children Frosted Flakes with chocolate milk and several spoonfuls of added sugar. I’m talking about YouTube Kids. I’m holding back no punches here: I despise YouTube Kids for the empty calorie garbage it is. The...

Why I’m a little scared to be a father again

Welcome to my confession. Maybe I’m turning to you, readers, for guidance and some reassurance. I’m not afraid to admit it, even if I’m 40 and should know better. What I’m about to tell you sometimes keeps me up at night. Sometimes thinking about it draws my attention away from my job, and I have to move from my desk and take a walk to clear the mind. This source of some anxiety I’ve largely kept hidden from everyone around...

Two exciting reasons why you should attend HippoCamp 2019
Here come the gender disappointment questions

Here come the gender disappointment questions

We know it’s inevitable. People will ask the question, and they’ll do so with the best of intentions. “Are you disappointed it’s not a girl?” As previously announced, we’re expecting our third child in June 2019, and at 12 weeks, we learned the baby will be a boy. Our third boy. So it seems reasonable for people to get inquisitive. I can’t blame them. They’re curious. They’re concerned. Anyone who decides to have a third child when the previous two are...

I'm turning 40, and we're having Baby No. 3

I’m turning 40, and we’re having Baby No. 3

Sometime during the Spring, my wife, Alison, and I enjoyed a rare date night, a few kid-free hours when we go to a restaurant and choose menu items without hearing “Daddy, I don’t like it.” It’s bliss. But on this particular date night, my wife brought up a subject I didn’t see coming. “I want to have another baby,” she said to me, and then laughed because my face must have looked like she just told me we were moving...

Five Christmas records to include in every collection

Five Christmas records to include in every collection

A light post for this Saturday as Christmas at The Nest is in full swing and the best Christmas albums are echoing from the living room. Actually, Christmas kicked off in our house before we even reached Thanksgiving. What can I say? The season brings out the part of me who’s still a kid marveling at the sights, sounds, and flavors of December. And speaking of the sounds … Like many of you, my Christmas memories from boyhood are full...

Five things I wish for new Dads this Christmas

Five things I wish for new Dads this Christmas

The “Christmas Meltdown” has become an annual tradition in our family. Usually the meltdown occurs when something connected to the good ol’ Tannenbaum doesn’t go right. Past years, I’ve led my family to Christmas tree stands and picked Fraser Firs either too tall, too fat, or both too tall and too fat. My family waits on the couch while I struggle to wind 8,000 tangled LED lights around the tree’s girth, its tiny green needles pricking my face and arms....

7 things I no longer do now that I'm a Dad

7 things I no longer do now that I’m a Dad

Long before the birth of my first son, I concocted an ideal of fatherhood. It was a cocktail, really. I saw myself as a blend of John Keating from Dead Poets Society; a bearded Jeremiah Johnson in the wilderness nodding over his shoulder as if to say “Damn right, we’re in the woods and LOVING IT”; and how I imagined Crash Davis from Bull Durham would act if he ever became a Dad.   Perfect. What no one tells you,...