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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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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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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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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 Nurses: Thank You From A First-time Father

Dear Nurses: Thank You From A First-time Father

I anticipate learning a lot of new things over the next 18 years. How to care for diaper rash, how to feed my son a bottle in the middle of the night while half asleep, how to discern the meaning behind different coos and cries. Most lessons will directly involve the little guy who joined our family 12 days ago. But my first lesson in fatherhood started to take shape in the hours leading up to his arrival. The night…

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