The Cutest Instagram Video You’ll See All Week

The Cutest Instagram Video You’ll See All Week

I promise, Mr. Full-Time Dad is not giving up on blogging. But… it has already come to this. I’m recycling content. I’m sorry, but at the same time I’m not at all sorry, because I everyone needs to see this clip. The payoff at the end is exquisite. If this is the first time you’re seeing it, lesson learned: follow me on Instagram. Wait for it… #fargoparks #sundayfunday #delayedgratification A video posted by Ben Hanson (@mrfulltimedad) on Aug 14, 2016 at 12:06pm PDT

Goodbye Logic, I’ll Miss You

Goodbye Logic, I’ll Miss You

For the first eight months, everything I observed about parenting made sense. Macklin’s cries for food, a fresh diaper or his mama followed the rules of cause and effect—every problem had a relatively obvious solution. I understood this new infantile roommate of mine. Mostly. For eight wonderful months, that thing called logic was still a thing and my brain didn’t hurt. But what I witnessed during month nine of my son’s life—about the time he started crawling—had me doubting that…

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Mr. Full-Time Dad, How Do You Stay in Such Great Shape?

Mr. Full-Time Dad, How Do You Stay in Such Great Shape?

Dear Mr. Full-Time Dad, I’ve been following you for quite some time now, even before you became a dad. I’m struck by how much better you look now that you’re a dad than you did before. I don’t get it. What’s your secret? How do you stay in such great shape? ~Lisa Turtle Great question, Lisa. And thanks for reading. I’ve got a simple, three-part answer that should clear things up for you. As Mr. Full-Time Dad, I have three…

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Father’s Day Wish List: 7 Gift Ideas for Stay-at-Home Dads

Father’s Day Wish List: 7 Gift Ideas for Stay-at-Home Dads

For an ultra-cheap, proudly practical stay-at-home dad like me, Father’s Day is a bit of a moral dilemma because of the “B-word”… budget. After all, me staying home means we’re a single-income family. Whenever I would seriously contemplate becoming a stay-at-home dad, I assumed money would be my biggest source of anxiety. Now that I’ve actually made the switch, I’ve simply convinced myself that I have no money and therefore have nothing to spend. So far, that seems to be…

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Fatherhood: A 7-Month Checkup

Fatherhood: A 7-Month Checkup

It’s been seven months since my son was born. My life has not changed. I have not changed. My marriage has not changed. The only discernable difference this new lifeform has brought to my world is a considerable decrease in the amount of free space on my living room floor… and my iPhone. Maybe I’m oversimplifying things, but I was prepared for a metamorphosis just a couple steps shy of Gregor Samsa. I had wrongly assumed life would massively change…

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Hello Teething, Goodbye Sleep

Hello Teething, Goodbye Sleep

I’m no evolutionary biologist, but I have a theory about what makes homo sapiens the greatest species ever to grace planet Earth. But first, let me tell you about teething. In the five months that I’ve been a parent, nothing has been as challenging as caring for my son as he begins the teething process. He’s getting his first tiny tooth right in the front of his mouth. It’s cute as hell, but evidently quite painful for him. Who knew…

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Am I A Bad Father For Not Loving My Baby At First Sight?

Am I A Bad Father For Not Loving My Baby At First Sight?

Confession time: I may be a bad father. Why? Because I didn’t fall in love with my newborn son the very moment he emerged from the womb. In truth, I don’t think I fell in love until about week three. Does that make me a bad father? I hope not. Before you report me to social services, let me be very clear: I absolutely adore my son. (I mean look at him. How cute is he?) But it took time for…

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Evolutionarily Speaking, Colic Makes No GD Sense

Evolutionarily Speaking, Colic Makes No GD Sense

Next to beached manatees, crying babies have to be the easiest prey in the entire animal kingdom. Although, I don’t think manatees are known for their boisterousness. They probably just lay there contentedly, waiting for the tide to take them back out. Hmm, I guess I was wrong—even a motionless, half-metric-ton of lard has better survival skills than the animal supposedly at the top of the food chain. I tweeted this out about a week ago, and it might be the…

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If Fathers Ruled The World, There Would Only Be Onesies

If Fathers Ruled The World, There Would Only Be Onesies

It took me three months to figure it out, but I’ve discovered the dirty little secret that is baby clothes. The entire infant garment industry is a scam, ladies and gentlemen. One big adorable scam. The epiphany hit me one day while I was doing laundry—baby laundry to be specific. It was a realization as sudden as a baby’s random, no-good puke. It came out of nowhere and it left me ripe with more questions than answers. For example: Why…

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The 5 People You Meet In Costco (When You’re Toting A Baby)

The 5 People You Meet In Costco (When You’re Toting A Baby)

Earlier this week, I tagged along with my wife and seven-week-old son on our monthly trip to Costco, my most favorite of shopping destinations. Costco is a modern American bazaar, where you can find just about anything you need for every single room in your home. On a good day, you’ll even encounter a good old-fashioned salesman offering amazing (but limited) deals on things like smoker grills, $500 blenders, and infrared saunas—you know, the necessities. When you’ve got a kid…

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