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Five Stages of Toddler Sleep

Five Stages of Toddler Sleep

The following was originally published in “The Good Life Men’s Magazine” It’s 8:02 p.m. Macklin’s mama and I exchange knowing looks, reluctantly nod our heads and announce to our audience of one that it’s time for bed. Our nightly dance is about to begin, and we wonder, as we start the chase, what new moves may be introduced into the well-worn routine.  Some nights, with naive optimism, I think back to the days when Mack was an infant and wanted…

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An Ode to Brown Bear

An Ode to Brown Bear

The following was originally published in “The Good Life Men’s Magazine” Every kid has their favorite toy. Be it a blankie, a binkie, a stuffed animal or, in my case, your right thumb, these favorite items get imprinted early in life and often grow into an extra appendage that dangles squarely out the front of said kid’s mouth. That’s where you’d find my thumb most hours of the day, and where you’ll find Macklin’s go-to stink bomb of a favorite,…

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A Hundred Ways to Say No

A Hundred Ways to Say No

The following was originally published in “The Good Life Men’s Magazine” Walking into the house on an early Saturday afternoon from a routinely wonderful trip to Fleet Farm, I was greeted by the cheerful sounds of a humming KitchenAid stand mixer and a giddy three-year-old sous chef. The sun had finally broken through that weekend — the weekend after the snowpocalypse that wasn’t — and everyone was happy to feel the first real signs of spring. We had spent the…

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You Might Be a Parent…

You Might Be a Parent…

The following was originally published in “The Good Life Men’s Magazine” I’m as indifferent as it gets towards Jeff Foxworthy, except on one account: the guy has managed to turn a single joke into a multi-million dollar, decades-long career. I’m not here to disparage anyone who likes his particular brand of comedy, but I am here to shamelessly rip him off with my own take on his now classic routine.  Over the past three-and-a-half years of parenthood, Macklin’s mama and…

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A Toddler’s New Year’s Resolution

A Toddler’s New Year’s Resolution

The following was originally published in “The Good Life Men’s Magazine” Ahh, New Year’s. What a wonderfully two-faced time of year. Sure, we get one more chance to party (if you can find a sitter) with friends and family, but it’s also the end. Literally. Not just the end of the year, but the end of the most joyous, merry-filled time of the year. And to celebrate, we embark on a ruthless examination of our personal failings and character flaws….

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Thankful for Every Phase

Thankful for Every Phase

The following was originally published in “The Good Life Men’s Magazine” Nobody told me parenthood is a path toward enlightenment. They told me it’s expensive, tiring and thankless. There’s a bit of truth to both takes, but lately I’ve found myself inordinately delighted by the unpredictable antics of my three-year-old son, Macklin. Tomfoolery that would otherwise inspire madness has become the highlight of my days. I’m completely content with evenings spent lying facedown on a living room floor that hasn’t…

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3 Is The New 23

3 Is The New 23

The following was originally published in “The Good Life Men’s Magazine” We just wrapped up a three-day party for Macklin’s third birthday. About 20 people invaded our home, ate our food and left all of their garbage behind. We had a bounce house in the backyard, beautiful weather throughout, all of Mack’s favorite people… even the Blue Angels came to town to celebrate. It was a wild success.  As expected, Mack raked in a pile of awesome gifts sure to…

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Milestones That Matter

Milestones That Matter

The real game changers parents secretly celebrate The following was originally published in “The Good Life Men’s Magazine” As I was gathering up Macklin’s shoes and jacket, waiting for that perfect moment to snatch him up from the rainbow carpet where he and his classmates were sitting entranced by storytime, his teacher came up with a rare smile on her face. “Mack put his nap stuff back in his bag all by himself today!” she nearly shouted.  Stuffing haphazardly a…

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Life Lessons from a Tree

Life Lessons from a Tree

The following was originally published in “The Good Life Men’s Magazine” When my wife and I moved into our home nine years ago, I didn’t pay much attention to the tree out our front window. It was a modest tree at the time, relatively well-kept but more or less forgettable. To this day I haven’t even bothered to find out what type of tree it is. The fact that our neighborhood was well-established and had full-grown trees lining the streets…

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With a perfect son, it’s hard not to be ‘that parent’

With a perfect son, it’s hard not to be ‘that parent’

I recently posted a guest blog written by one of my oldest, most modestly dressed friends, Reid. It’s a not-so-subtle take down of other parents. We dreamt up the idea one Sunday afternoon while playing with our 2-year-old sons at the local indoor playground. As we silently judged the menagerie of parenting styles running amok all around us, we independently came to the same conclusion: we are the best parents the universe has ever known, each with an equally perfect…

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