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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It’s a Diarrhea and Bleach Kind of Day (And I’m Going to Miss It)

It’s a Diarrhea and Bleach Kind of Day (And I’m Going to Miss It)

It’s 2:51 p.m. on a Monday afternoon. Macklin has been asleep for just over two hours, and I’ve just finished bleaching the bathtub and pre-treating his first set of clothes. He’s teething… again. But unlike the first round several months back, this time it’s the molars that are breaking through, and it’s borderline barbaric. Imagine jagged fists of enamel not just punching you in the gums, but punching through your gums. For days, no less. That’s what’s happening to Mack,…

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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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