Refusing to Let It Go By So Fast
When you’re a new or expecting parent you hear the same cliche a lot:
“It goes by so fast!”
“They grow up so fast”
“It happens too fast.”
There’s a part of you that even starts to think that maybe they’re right … It’s just going to go by so fast, and there’s nothing you can do about it. But can it not go by too fast?
Do we seriously have no choice in the matter? (more…)
How Men Give Birth to Babies
When I was in my early twenties I thought about love constantly. And, I thought I had it pretty well figured out … I thought I had a lot of things figured out. Like most people, I got some things right and some things wrong.
I probably got more things wrong than right. But I was young and just figuring things out. Besides we’re all always immeasurably more ignorant (more…)
In only a matter of weeks Deb and I will welcome our little Sam into the world outside the womb. What a wondrous thing! It’s something we’ve all done but none of us remember. Perhaps it’s a good thing we don’t remember (more…)
This is for those moments when you feel like you’re not doing such a great job at being a parent. Those moments you might even feel like you HAVE to be in the running for the worst parent in the world. Hint: You’re not! :p And we’re all in this together. Any parent who doesn’t understand that is missing something.
There were dreams we had for our children before they were ever born. We imagined them running, laughing, dancing, holding our hands, and growing up (too fast). What beautiful dreams. And though these dreams imagined a perfect world, a world that will never fully exist, it is not a wrong vision, not even a naive one, of life and parenting.
At the gas station around the corner from my home, I saw a father buying cigarettes with his two kids. They were just little (maybe 4 and 6), so they’re taking in a lesson here. They read his compliance and understood, in a way, his approval.
The days go by ever so slowly. It’s slowness that anticipation brings about as you count down the days until you get to see your favourite band in concert, the same slowness that makes Christmas morning last so long until your parents finally wake up ;). This is my life …
I feel like we have been pregnant for years. What was life even like before we were pregnant (and we’re 6 months in)?
I am in love with this book! When you look at it there are really two underlying reasons why I love it:
1. It’s a book (about parenting), and I love books
2. It incorporates neuroscience at every turn. And I LOVE science! Who doesn’t?
The long and the short of it is, that this is an amazing book. Though you may be hopeful, as I was, that this would be the only parenting book you would ever need :P, it’s a good idea to keep reading my friend. Having the word “science” in the title made me hopeful that it would be my go to source book (whatever a source book is).
This post is really just meant to be a quick little ditty :P. There are innumerable changes that occur when you release to the world that you are going to be a dad. One of the most intriguing of these for me is advice given by other dads. Being a man, I’m not 100% sure what this is like for women. But for men there seems to be this unwritten code of conduct that if they are a dad their experience is absolute.
One of the best parts of being a dad is getting to spend time with your kid(s). There are so many incredible activities we can do together. I like to think of this as memory making, because in part it’s about savoring our time together. It’s also largely about having fun :D. In this list I’m hoping that you’ll find some activities to do with your kids that you haven’t thought of. Also, it’s meant to serve as a resource for you to come back to :D.
So here are some kids activities that you’ll both love:
The moment we found we found out we were going to be parents we could hardly believe it. It only took us a few months of trying. I am really grateful for that! Even after just a few months you can start to wonder if everything is okay.