3 Vignettes: Parenting 4 and 6 Year-Olds

1. When the kids make a declaration of some sort, I find myself using the same stock responses I heard growing up. The Little Miss will walk over and whine, “Daddy, I’m hungry.” “Hi, Hungry,” I say, “I’m Daddy. Pleased to meetcha.” 2. The kids have a strong tendency to repeat themselves over and over again when they want […]

It’s the End of the World as We Know It, and I Feel… Proud

oth the Little Man and the Little Miss have been making a repeated request lately. I’ll be in the home office, writing, or something, and one or both will come by and ask, “Dadda, will you put on the ‘It’s the End of the World as We Know It’ song?” I don’t remember when I […]

Conversations with the Little Man: The Negotiation

hile in the car driving home after picking up the Little Man from school yesterday, the following conversation took place between the Little Man and Kelly: Little Man: What are we having for dinner? Kelly: Chicken and broccoli. LM: No broccoli. K: You need to eat broccoli if you want to have a treat after. […]

The Little Man and the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

was in the shower when the Little Man let out a shriek that would raise the dead. He had been sitting on our bed, watching Power Rangers Megaforce when a bug that had been crawling along the wall landed on his knee. Little man, meet Halyomorpha halys; brown marmorated stink bug, meet the Little Man. After he […]

“What Other Rides Can We Go On, Daddy?”

here are certain moments from childhood that I look back on fondly, and somewhat wistfully. Rarely have I experienced the feeling from those moments as I felt them as a child. There are some things that seem lost in time in that way. But last night, something I thought was lost in time was found […]

Happy Birthday, Little Miss

hree years ago today, the Little Miss was born. This is the first birthday that she has been fully aware of, and consequently, very excited about. In the ordinary course of the morning, getting ready for school, I’ll ask her what she wants for breakfast, and she’ll tell me yogurt and Cheerios. This morning when […]

The Wiggly Tooth

he Little Man had some exciting news for us this morning when we woke up. He came into our room, unusually bright-eyed, and said, “You know what? I have  a wiggly tooth!” So he does. And that marks a new milestone: the Little Man’s first loose tooth. It’s his lower left-center tooth, what a dentist […]

Advice to My Kids as They Begin Their Education

ext month, the Little Man will start Kindergarten. He has been in pre-school since he was 15 months old, spending his days from 7 am – 4 pm at the school (as does the Little Miss) and so he is used to the long days, but this will be at a new school, and it […]

Blood-Sucking Ticks and Clocks

e seem to have a tradition for the Fourth of July that goes beyond spending the holiday in the small town of Castine, Maine. Last year (2013), the Little Man, slipped coming out of the bathroom, and cracked his head on the floor. He didn’t require any stitches, but there was a good deal of […]

An Excerpt From “Conversations at Our Dinner Table,” Ep. 1

oward the end of our pasta dinner this evening, the Little Man looked at the kitchen table before and pointed to something. “What’s this, Daddy?” he said. I looked at it. “Looks like a stain in the wood.” “No, because feel it.” I felt it. “Maybe it’s a stain from food. Probably maple syrup from […]

The Little Man Turns Five

he Little Man went to bed excited last night, because today is his birthday and he couldn’t wait to be five years old. And so he is. It’s pretty crazy how quickly the time goes by. When he went to bed last night, I was thinking about the evening, five years earlier, when Kelly and […]

Building a Block Airport with the Little Man

did something amazing last night. Together with the Little Man, I built a block airport. When I was the Little Man’s age, I loved playing with blocks. And since many who read this may be digital natives, unfamiliar with the term “blocks” in this context, I’m not referring to ASCII drawings or anything that involves a […]