The New York Times ran a piece last week, which yes, took me three days to read, about toddlers and their newfound love – our smartphones. True, we’ve talked about using your smartphone as a distraction for your kids in the past, but it’s also important to note, as I think Hilary Stout, the author of the NYT is stating, that you don’t use your iPhone or iPad as a replacement for…you know, real life.
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Disclaimer: Single Dad Laughing, a blog by some dude named Dan Pearce, is emotional, to say the least. It may be better that you don’t read his other posts, most notably the ones that he (or whoever wrote his “About” section) says went viral. Or at least, please read “You Just Broke Your Child” first. Let it sink in, sleep on it, then if you’re still interested, go back.
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Hello ladies. So I recently read this article on the babble.com about 7 surprising dad-to-be facts and what to expect from him when you’re expecting.
Good GODS does the internet love this sh*t. I’ve read a LOT of articles like this and they seem to be plastered all around parenting sites. I don’t know if it’s the list that grabs the reader’s attention, or because it’s a trivial subject – that a man could experience the symptoms of pregnancy. This particular article from Babble has some good info, but it is too generalized in my opinion. Here’s why.
Hint: the answer is – because you’ve finally got a minute to yourself, and nature is a sick bitch. Other than that, I guess according to CNN, via Parenting.com, it’s got to do with the air in their room or something – which squarely falls on you, dad, for keeping their room so dark/light/dry/moist.
CNN offers a guide on the most common at-night illnesses and how to combat them. Fortunately with 20 months of fatherhood under my belt, I pretty much know everything, so I’ll tell you the real reasons why kids get sick at night and what to do.
Years ago, I worked for a men’s and fathers’ issue radio show called “His Side with Glenn Sacks“. And make no mistakes – it was the LARGEST men’s and fathers’ issues show in America at that time. Of course, it was one of the few men’s issues shows, largely because of the “boys don’t cry” mentality of America, and the assumption that men simply don’t have issues, and if they do, it’s because they caused them.
In any event, Robert Franklin, Esq. recently put up an article about domestic violence and “intimate terrorism,” which I at first thought was a sexy bedroom game. As Franklin explains, I’m wrong (go figure); intimate terrorism “is psychological or physical abuse that is intended to – and does – control the behavior of the other partner.”
His article is a good read, and it got me thinking about how we teach our daughters, as a society, that it’s okay to hit men.
Nickelodeon-owned Parentsconnect.com has a tough job. They need to continually come up with content to satisfy a country full of stay-at-home moms, who god bless them, find a way to not kill our children while we work. Or, they go work while we stay at home and try to find a way to not kill our kids.
BUT, and this is a BIG “but”…