Yes, I’m Living Vicariously Through My Son

Yes, I’m Living Vicariously Through My Son

You can read all the books you want; parenting will still be a series of surprises with varying degrees of jaw droppage. For example, I haven’t used a semicolon since high school. Sorry, Vonnegut, I’m a dad now. I can no longer discriminate against well-intentioned punctuation. Most of the education leading up to your first go round as a parent comes in the form of warnings. Travel now, because you won’t be going anywhere for years. Sleep when the baby…

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What an Adorable Year: MFTD’s Top 17 Insta Posts of 2017

What an Adorable Year: MFTD’s Top 17 Insta Posts of 2017

With minutes to spare, I present Mr. Full-Time Dad’s top 17 Instagram posts of 2017… what an adorable year it was. Disclaimer: these may not be in perfect order, and I may have included a few personal favorites that didn’t technically make the cut (but should have). For your benefit, they’ve canceled school pictures from here on out. You’re welcome. A post shared by Ben Hanson (@mrfulltimedad) on Nov 9, 2017 at 7:34pm PST Santa brought us some style. Merry…

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The Curse Heard Round the Parking Lot

The Curse Heard Round the Parking Lot

Keen observers, toddlers are not. Or so they would have us believe. Con artists, I say. They trick us into believing they lack any measurable attention span by effortlessly ignoring our pleas to wash hands, to stop eating the dog food or to give the poor Christmas tree at least a fighting chance at staying upright. From what I’ve seen, it’s just a long con. It’s a toddler game of lulling us into a weird sense of parental apathy that…

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Mrs. Full-Time Dad: I Married a Scrooge

Mrs. Full-Time Dad: I Married a Scrooge

Another guest post from Mrs. Full-Time Dad… who somehow always manages to get more clicks than any of my posts.  I married a Scrooge. He knows it and stopped trying to hide it a while ago. I asked Ben for gift ideas for Mack’s teachers. My thought: “we finally found a center with excellent teachers where Mack is happy and has learned new things daily. His teachers work hard to create this environment and I want to recognize all they…

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An Honest List of Thanks

An Honest List of Thanks

I got stuck with the Thanksgiving column. Again. I realized it about four months ago when I got an email from the editor with my list of due dates. Since then, I’ve been pondering what I’d write about that wasn’t pure cliche. I’ve got a great kid, an out-of-my-class partner and a deep, supportive network of friends that would just make you jealous.   But this isn’t the Hallmark channel. Also, I feel like I’ve taken advantage of this space…

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After Vegas, our children deserve answers

After Vegas, our children deserve answers

The following was originally published in the Fargo Forum. I always look forward to writing these columns. They’ve been free license for me to praise my son, revel in the everyday joys of parenting or just share a fun story. But today I woke up to the news of 50-plus lives lost and hundreds more wounded and fighting to stay alive. Not overseas on some battlefield, but here at home. Again. Nothing is fun today. Today, I’m overcome with sadness….

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Go Ahead, Treat Each Other Like 2-Year-Olds

Go Ahead, Treat Each Other Like 2-Year-Olds

I forget where I had to go. I forget why I had to be there so early. As a full-time freelancer, part-time employee, former stay-at-home dad (at what point do I just label myself a career dropout?), I rarely have meetings or appointments scheduled before my morning daycare dropoff date with my son. You’d think it would stick out in my mind, but I haven’t the foggiest recollection of what took me out of the house so early that day….

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Adjusting to Daycare, 3 Weeks In

Adjusting to Daycare, 3 Weeks In

You want a deliberate, suitably slow lesson in patience? Take my two-year-old for a walk. Please. I was under the false impression that after my son, Macklin, started daycare, the organized setting full of established routines and lesson plans would maybe have somewhat of an impact on his ability to focus. Our last few trips to the neighborhood park, however, have proven just how far removed from reality my expectations were. While his self-confidence has never been higher—he displays nothing…

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A Basketcase of Thankfulness

A Basketcase of Thankfulness

Regular readers of this infrequent blog might be under the impression that I’m good at sharing my emotions. False. In real life, I’m more Spock than Troi. I tend to speak only when spoken to, and even then I use as few words as possible. Without a keyboard under my fingers, I’m really quite bad at expressing myself or what’s going through my head. So, allow me to get something off my chest here in a space I feel most…

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To My Son’s Future Daycare Teachers

To My Son’s Future Daycare Teachers

The following is another brilliant guest post from Mrs. Full-Time Dad (a.k.a. “Mama”)… published on day one of Macklin’s first day (back) at daycare.  I first want to say, I am absolutely excited for you to get to spend the day with my son. I know I’m biased and every parent loves their child, but I truly think he is the funniest, cutest, most clever little person you will get to spend your day with. Macklin is brave and independent….

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