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6 Ways to Minimize Kid Clutter

Posted by on Jul 20, 2012 in Parenting Tips | 0 comments

It seems like just yesterday you were bringing your little ones home from the hospital, and now, the in-house toy inventory is so extensive that you can’t really remember whether your living room even had furniture. Whether you have one child or four, the clutter can quickly seem insurmountable. Stimulation is important for children to learn and develop, but so is accessibility and order. Minimize the kid clutter in your home with these handy tips. 1. Seasonal Rotations If you took a detailed inventory of the clutter in your home, you’d probably realize that a good percentage is made up of items you’re currently not using. During the summer you’ll want bikes, trikes, and wiffle bats readily accessible.  During the winter you’ll want shovels and sleds at the ready. When items are out of season store them out of...

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Facing Breast Cancer as a Husband and Father

Posted by on Jun 8, 2012 in Dad Tips, Uncategorized | 3 comments

Today was a typical day. Woke up, got dressed and went to work. My only concern was the upcoming weekend of fence building. (Too mad mother nature seems to have other plans!) I’m not going to lie, hiding inside from the rain sounds like a good weekend in my books. But then, hiding in my inbox was a link to an eye opening blog post. Written by a dad, it was his story dealing with his wife’s battle with breast cancer. It got me thinking… what the hell would I do if that was me? What if it was CleverMom? How would I handle it? How would I keep it together, for my wife, and the girls? What is a man supposed to do when he feels completely helpless? Its a sobering thought, and something I hope I never...

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4 Great Mom & Dad Blog Posts – Weekly Link Roundup (May 24, 2012)

Posted by on May 25, 2012 in Weekly Roundup | 0 comments

I follow almost 30 mom and dad blogs. Every day my RSS reader is stuffed full of awesome posts. Some of them are informative, and others thought provoking or just down right hilarious. So I’ve decided to start a weekly roundup posts that I’ve found helpful or entertaining. Every friday I will dig through Google Reader and highlight posts from other mom or dad bloggers. Lets take a look at what our friends on other great parenting blogs have been working on for the past week. Here are 4 links that caught my eye, and hopefully you’ll enjoy them as much as I did! 10 People Who Make Parenting Harder – As if being a parent isn’t hard enough, there is always someone out there looking to foil your plans! How to Commit the Perfect Toy Murder – Every parent has that...

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Life as a Dad: 4 Jobs We All Share

Posted by on May 17, 2012 in Dad Tips | 4 comments

Have you ever stopped to think about how many different roles we have as dads? Some are fun, and some are serious. But in the end, they are all important and being a dad means we are more than happy to do these jobs… even if they pay stinks. Architect Once Little A was old enough to play with lego, I became lead designer and builder of towers, bridges, and whatever else popped into her little mind. This is great because I love playing with lego, and Little A likes to smash things. Its win, win. But after a while, my basic tower design were not enough. She demanded more elaborate towers. Her appetite for bigger and better towers turned into a battle against myself to constant approve and innovate until we reached the structural limits of lego as...

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Being a Dad Isn’t All Smiles

Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Dad Tips | 2 comments

A couple weeks ago at work I received a call. It was Little A. This wasn’t out of the ordinary as my wife usually lets her call me once in a while. Usually the phone call consisted of Little A rambling on about what she had for breakfast or where the cat was sleeping. But not this time. I picked up the phone. “Hello?” There was no happy, go lucky two and a half year old voice on the other side of the phone like usual. All I could hear was whimpering and the odd sniffle. Then between the sniffling a little voice peaked out. “I miss you dad, please come home.” Instant my heart sank. It was the first time Little A was truly sad. She wasn’t crying because someone took her toy, or that she didn’t want...

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Awesomely Simple Tips on Preventing Temper Tantrums

Posted by on May 14, 2012 in Behavior Tips | 3 comments

Its been 45 minutes of constant kicking and screaming. Your angry, frustrated, and about 5 minutes away from your own meltdown. You’ve handled your fair share of temper tantrums, but this time takes the cake. Why? Because you told your two and half year old that if she sticks her fork down her pants at the dinner table one more time, you are going to take it away. (I wish I was making this up…) Could this temper tantrum have been prevented? Maybe. But the fact that Little A decided to skip her afternoon nap made things about 10 times worse. In order to understand how to prevent temper tantrums, you must first learn why kid throw temper tantrums… Young Grasshopper. Most Common Reasons Why Kids Tantrum Hungry Bored Tired Angry Lack of attention Hearing the word “no” Once...

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