Alone, Into the Woods I Went…

Alone, Into the Woods I Went…

I wasn’t more than 10 minutes into my first solo canoe trip to the Boundary Waters when an old, familiar emotion took hold. I hadn’t felt it in years, but I recognized it immediately—a mix of fear, regret and longing for home. Fear of the unknown. Regret for willingly putting myself in this position. And, perhaps the strongest of them all, a deep desire to return to the safe confines of home. This feeling strikes me each time I venture…

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Dear Fellow Parents, Let’s Make a Pact

Dear Fellow Parents, Let’s Make a Pact

I had just settled into one of the few remaining not-sticky seats at the mall’s play place when the curtain pulled back on act one of a familiar drama. My son, Macklin, was headed straight for the S.S. West Acres boat, occupied by a gaggle of slightly older, slightly bossy girls. They saw him coming, telepathically agreed on a plan and executed it ruthlessly. Boys, Mack immediately learned, were not welcome aboard this ship. I sat back and watched, as…

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When family’s away, Dad will… clean, apparently

When family’s away, Dad will… clean, apparently

Before the snow started flying on Sunday, I found myself home alone for the first time in about a year. Totally alone. My wife, Emily, was in New York City being a fancy grown up with a job, and my son, Macklin, was enjoying his first sleepover at the lake with grandma and grandpa. It was 3:30 p.m. on a Friday and I was entirely unencumbered. Yet, all I could think about was cleaning the house. So that’s what I…

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Guest Post: Playing ‘The Name Game’ with a Three-Year-Old

Guest Post: Playing ‘The Name Game’ with a Three-Year-Old

I’m thrilled to welcome another guest blogger to the Mr. Full-Time Dad roster. Friend, fellow father and admitted accountant, Kevin Teigen shares the story of what it’s like living with a creative thee-year-old who’s about to become a big brother and has strong opinions about baby names. Kevin and his wife, Danielle, are welcoming their second child sometime in April. My son, Dominic, is about three and a half years old. This is kind of a golden age. For starters,…

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Roses are Red, Violets are Blue… Let’s Go to Sleep

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue… Let’s Go to Sleep

This will be our second Valentine’s Day as parents. I have no idea what we did last year to “celebrate,” but I don’t really remember what I was doing last week at this time, either. My memory has never been all that reliable… or helpful. My guess, however, is that we ordered a heart-shaped pizza, stayed home and went to bed at a reasonable hour. Just because the calendar read Feb. 14 didn’t change the fact that we had a…

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A Lesson in Zen from My Sleep Deprived Toddler

A Lesson in Zen from My Sleep Deprived Toddler

When I rolled over to check the time on my phone, it was just past 5 a.m. Macklin had been crying on and off for at least the past half an hour, fighting a return to sleep despite the patient efforts of his mother. I tagged in about twenty minutes later to resume the rocking and rubbing, but the magic touch had gone momentarily missing from my hands as well. He was up for the day, and so were we….

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Dad’s Christmas Wish List

Dad’s Christmas Wish List

Last month, less than 24 hours after the presidential election, Macklin became the first American to get screwed over by President-Elect Donald Trump. History books likely won’t make mention of the incident, so let me share the story with you now. On Wednesday, November 9th, Macklin made his television debut on Valley News Live’s North Dakota Today morning show. I was there, too, supposedly as the feature attraction, but Mack quickly stole the show and I was rightly relegated to…

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‘The Look’ Makes Its First Appearance (And the Battle of Wills Begins)

‘The Look’ Makes Its First Appearance (And the Battle of Wills Begins)

It came out of nowhere. One morning, I was sitting on the lone remaining spot on the couch left unclaimed and uncluttered, trying to guzzle down my first cup of coffee before my 15-month-old son, Macklin, discovered I had something he did not. For unimaginable reasons, his main mission in life right now is to sneak a sip of scalding hot coffee. Me, being the adult in the relationship, consistently denies him the opportunity to experience second-degree burns. I know,…

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Guest Post: 7 Reasons Why My Son Isn’t Talking… Yet

Guest Post: 7 Reasons Why My Son Isn’t Talking… Yet

Check it out… our first guest post! Mrs. Full-Time Dad (aka Macklin’s mama, Emily) was tired of waiting around for me to write something new, so she took the liberty of penning her own post. Enjoy! Last week Macklin had one of his regular checkups. As Mr. Full-Time Dad was on duty as usual, the boys went to this appointment on their own. Not surprisingly, he’s in the 97th percentile for weight, 90th percentile for height and 100% cute. He took…

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A Dad in a Mom’s World

A Dad in a Mom’s World

This post originally appeared in The Forum.  When I signed up to become a stay-at-home dad late last year, a few friends and family members (and a surprising number of strangers) took it as an invitation to warn me about the consequences of my decision. On a professional level, I was told the gap in my work history might mean a lifetime of unemployment. On a personal level, I was risking the complete loss of my manhood — I was…

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