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Reading The Science of Parenting

Reading The Science of Parenting

Posted By on May 16, 2013

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 :P

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).

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Getting Advice as a First Time Dad

Posted By on May 13, 2013

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.

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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:

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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. 

My heart goes out to those couples who have been trying for many months or years (if you’re not already synced be sure to use the “My Days” app or something similar to get on target with her ovulation cycle).

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We Need More Female Engineers

Posted By on Mar 29, 2013

Have you ever actually thought for a minute about why there are so few female engineers, builders, plumbers, mathematicians, or firefighters?  Or on the flip side why there are far fewer male secretaries, flight attendants, or nurses?

Though the complete answer to this is probably more complex than we’ll ever know, understanding it is pretty simple.  

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You’ve likely seen the images on Facebook or Pinterest or wherever of a dad doing something fun with his child with a caption that says something like: “this is what a great dad looks like” or “I know what a great dad looks like.”   You’ll see comments like these under videos of dads playing with their kids too.  When I first saw these I agreed for the most part, but there was something about them that unsettled me.

I started thinking about it the other day, an activity that often gets me into trouble … but one that also saves me every day from living a life less than my dreams.  In those moments of thought it dawned on me that as a society we have terribly low standards for dads.  If we can look at a dad simply playing with his child and say that he is a good or great dad, then something is wrong.

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