Parenting And The Importance Of Unimportant Moments

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA If we want to take this job of parenting with any hope of seriousness we must accept this fact. No matter how well intentioned, dedicated, and focused we are, our children’s clearest moments and brightest memories, those with the most lasting influence, good or bad, will likely happen during times we would consider least important.

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Deadbeat Dads And The Women Who Still Love Them

Shortly after I started this website I wrote an article that remains one of the most clicked, most read, most shared. In that post, A Manifesto On Absent Fathers, I take behind the woodshed single and divorced dads who abandon their financial responsibilities, then offer up an extra-hot serving of contempt for the ones who walk away from their kids altogether. In the concluding paragraphs of that piece I write,

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The Disease Called Boy

I always had a bit of uncertainty about being a father; even during my inebriated twenties I understood the buzz kill children could regularly become. But while my leaning fluttered between surrender, after a baby shower (which those for couples should be strictly forbidden), and mortal fear at the sight of friends’ mundane sleep deprived existences, one thing was certain; should I voluntarily cut short my Saturdays at the sports bar for play dates and birthday parties, I didn’t want it to be on account of a boy. The idea of a having a son sent my mind racing with visits to principal’s offices and youth detention centers, the administrators of which I was sure to become well acquainted.

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