Having kids changes your life. There is always a mess to clean up, toys that need new batteries, and laundry to do. It never stops. It’s exhausting. What are you supposed to do when your wife is pooped out by 8:30 at night? It doesn’t leave much time for, you know… business time.
It’s time to remember the days of old and let your partner know… It’s Business Time!
Neal Call, aka Raised by My Daughter, takes the philosophical musings of a hundred dad bloggers and boils them down to a single frame of a stick figure comic. He usually stays pretty focused on his own navel, writing about his experiences as a dad and doesn’t spend a lot of time critiquing society or offering calls to action. Yet, Neal can turn a mundane hike into a thoughtful reminder of the simple truths in which we should find happiness. There is no doubt why he is one of Babble’s Top 100 Parent Bloggers. He is the xkcd of the dad blogging world, daring us to look into the small moments of our lives to find the meaning of life and parenthood.
How does his daughter raise him?
Every parent can relate to this, “She wavers between a matter-of-fact confidence in the rituals of her life, and a resilient acceptance of mystery and change.” In a time when societal norms for girls are being challenged you will find Neal Call on the forefront cheering for his daughter, “MY PIRATE IS GOING TO PLUNDER YOUR PRINCESS!!!”
Lifehacker.com has compiled some great apps to help “Gamify” every aspect of your life. “Gamification” is way to reward yourself while building better behaviors. Who doesn’t want to turn the mundane into a game? Doing chores around the house, losing weight, counting calories can all be done to better yourself and achieve rewards. One app turns your to-do list into a role play game where you earn gold and experience points by being more productive. Clicking the picture below will gamify your life… in so many productive ways.
I have been a stay-at-home dad for two years and the most surprising thing to me are the similarities between the male and female experiences. I will admit it, before I started staying at home, I did not think much of people who did it. I did not look down on them for what they were doing, I was simply not impressed. Their tales of frustration and loneliness fell on my deaf ears. It reminded me of stories regarding pregnancy. It was an issue, I as a man, would never have to deal with. After being home full time, I looked to “Dad” groups for support and saw them dealing with issues I thought to be purely feminine. These men’s wives were asking why the house was not clean, berating them for spending money they had not earned, and wondering where their dinner was. It was amazing to me that these traditionally chauvinist thoughts were coming from the female breadwinners. It became clear that these feelings were attached to being the at-home caretaker and not limited to gender. Many people still think like I once did and marriages have suffered for it. The only way to love someone is to understand what they are going through, so here are five ways to understand your stay-at-home spouse. Continue reading →
Kids should eat vegetables, but some would rather go to time out than try them. Sneaky foods are generally terrible, so the key is finding something your kids like. Pizza is a great example to put camouflage friendly veggies on. Continue reading →
As a stay-at-home parent, I have to do a load of laundry every day just to keep up. When I don’t it becomes this massive pile that mocks me every time I walk past it. I thought it would be funny to see how high I could get the pile, so I got out the ladder and started making laundry jenga…then I spent the next two days doing it all.