The Day We Let Our Toddler Call the Shots

The Day We Let Our Toddler Call the Shots

by Erica Davis

It started out as a dare, or maybe more of a challenge. “What would happen if we just said ‘yes’ to everything she wanted, all day?” I jokingly asked my husband, referring to our 2 ½ year-old daughter.

“Oh man, it would be a disaster. A big, sugar-filled disaster,” he replied.

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The Dad I Am vs. The Dad I Want to Be

 The Dad I Am vs. The Dad I Want to Be

by Serge Bielanko

I guess the fatherhood bar was set low for me to start with.

From the time I was around 9 years old, my own father was gone from my life, disappearing into the night, not to be heard from again for the next two decades. So becoming a dad myself, I had very little to go on, really. I only knew the worst case scenario. And I only knew I wanted to be the opposite of that.

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Parenting in an Echo Chamber

Parenting in an Echo Chamber

by Chad Carter

I grew up in the age of Walkmans, Discmans, and stereo surround sound. You know, with the headphones that had the flimsy wire that traversed over the top of your head. Admit it — we looked cool. I’ve been coming to reminisce on this time lately and decided it’s a shame my son will never experience the frustration of a skipping CD or the magnetic tape of a cassette getting wrapped around one of those little pegs and ruining your favorite music.

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Practice Makes Perfect: Our Plan for Telling Our Daughter Her Adoption Story

Practice Makes Perfect: Our Plan for Telling Our Daughter Her Adoption Story

by Scott Effler and Geoff Gaspar

During our adoption journey, we took a “Preparation for Adoption” workshop. The workshop opened our eyes to a number of adoption-related concepts, but one of the aspects that really stuck out to us was a piece of advice about how to tell your adoption story.

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Maternity Leave Zen

Maternity Leave Zen

by Allison Lefrak

It took me two days of maternity leave—before the baby arrived—to get over the feeling that I was playing hooky.   

I got a pedicure, stocked up on groceries, prepared meals and froze them, organized the baby clothes, installed the car seat. By day three, I’d long since forgotten about work and was toying with the idea of outlining a novel.

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How Do You Talk to Your Kids About Economic Privilege?

How Do You Talk to Your Kids About Economic Privilege?

by Twigtale

Carrie Southworth, Twigtale's founder, just published an excellent essay on talking to her children about economic privilege and instilling the values of giving and receiving. We think it's an important topic. To continue the conversation, we're featuring insight from Nishad Chande, co-founder of Twigtale, Lara Hoffman, Deputy Federal Public Defender, Catherine Connors, writer, marketing strategist and author of herbadmother.com, and Sitinee Sheffert, founder of Giving Artfully and Giving Artfully Kids

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