I’ve been collecting the reasons my little ones give when they get out of bed at night. I’ll be sharing through the year. #5 is a classic – easily the number 1 reason… or number two, depending on the need: “I Gotta Pee!“ You make them use the bathroom before you put them to bed. You limit the amount they drink between dinner and bedtime. … Continue reading Why My Kids Got Out Of Bed… #5
I’ve been collecting the reasons my little ones give when they get out of bed at night. I’ll be sharing through the year. Today we start with the king of them all – “I’m Thirsty”. You’d think we live in the desert! Or that the kids didn’t JUST have a drink with dinner. And with books. AND right before they got in bed. My kids … Continue reading Why My Kids Got Out Of Bed… #1
As parents, we always gush over our babies’ big firsts. First Steps. First Words. First Sleep Through The Night. First Toilet Time. First Tooth. They’re awesome. I loved every single one. But you know what? There are more ‘firsts’ that, as a Dad of three, I love too. Things that make life a little more easy, a little more enjoyable, a little more fun. The … Continue reading Some Of My Favorite Uncelebrated Baby Milestones
Every involved father, as many of us Modern Men seem to be, has their fair share of middle of the night rocking sessions with the baby. I love that I get to be a part of that night system. I don’t understand fathers who expect the mothers to get up every time, while they get to sleep through the night. Get up. Be a part … Continue reading Staying Awake at 3am with the Baby – My Favorite Apps
When you stop and think about all the skills you need to be a “GOOD” father, it’s never-ending. There are no manuals and kids don’t come with handy Ikea-like instruction guides. You must have some things deep inside you that come out at the right time. I was thinking about this ‘particular set of skills’ and where some of those came from. The more I … Continue reading How Being A High School Geek Helped Me Be A Good Dad
In Southern New England it’s currently in the high 90s with a heat index into the 100s+. What’s a heat index? It’s how hot it FEELS. Or as Weather.gov puts it: “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity”. That’s a partly valid phrase you may have heard in the summer, but it’s actually both. The heat index, also known as the apparent temperature, is what … Continue reading Staying Cool with the Kiddos in the Dog Days of Summer
As a little kid, there was a stretch of I-95 in Connecticut that drove right by a giant Toys R Us. There you’d see the neon sign, with giant Geoffrey the Giraffe head rising above the roadway – a beacon to get us to go there. We never went. Frivolous shopping wasn’t something we did. Then, one day, my grandparents were in town and they … Continue reading Goodbye to Toys R Us – I’ll Always Be a Toys R Us Kid!
Someone messaged me on Facebook the other day about interest in our 25-year high school reunion. TWENTY FIVE YEARS?! I suddenly find myself here, age 43, not remembering how I got here. Wasn’t I 7-years-old and playing Wiffle Ball in my backyard yesterday? Wasn’t I 12-years-old riding my BMX bike too fast (with no helmet) yesterday? Wasn’t I in high school wearing my oh-so-trendy “Co-Ed … Continue reading Disney Music Makes You Age!
The buds are bursting, the grass is growing, baseball is playing and my eyes are watering – it must be spring! In another from the ‘Truck Tales’ Saga, I worked with our new Technical Producer, Jay, to create this video featuring the Top 5 Things I Love and Hate about Springtime. It is now posted to our Modern Man YouTube Channel. Enjoy and then head … Continue reading My Love-Hate Relationship With Spring
“You learn something new every day.” Ain’t it the truth? This old dog is always willing to try out some new tricks. So, why not share? I’m going to try something new on the site. I’m going to share a few quick hits on some things that jumped out at me each week. Sharing is caring – right? Let me stop with the clichés and … Continue reading What Did I Learn This Week? – #1 – January 28, 2018
I’m recently on the other side of the most recent head cold to sweep through my little family. Across the country, Jon is just starting to embark on his own family head cold. Between tissue usage and trips to the juice aisle in the grocery store, I’ve been keeping note on what tips and tricks I’ve amassed over time to help me battle the cold … Continue reading Top 10 Tips: How a Modern Man Fights a Cold
Recently a ‘freak’ storm hit southern New England and blew 70+ mph wind gusts across my little plot of land. For the next few days and nights, including Halloween, we lived a simpler life. How did we keep the kiddies entertained and feeling safe? Let me share. On Sunday night, with the kids and my wife tucked into bed, I was re-watching The West Wing … Continue reading Top 10 Tips: Surviving a Blackout with Toddlers