Dad Raps: Free to Stray

When I pick my kids up from school, I’m impressed to see the neat lines of students waiting for their parents. Kids all stand on predestined areas marked with lines on the ground – some painted, some chalk. As impressive as the organization is, I generally scoff at the over-management of our kids at elementary … [Read more…]

I Hate Your Kids And You Will Hate Mine

Three days removed from my daughter’s 7th birthday sleepover extravaganza, I can confidently say that I hate other people’s kids as much as they will likely hate mine soon. Hosting my kids’ friends in mass is downright torturous – and the torture produces unintentional, but obvious, dad-to-kid tension. I was able to survive the Saturday … [Read more…]

Dad Raps: Advice From Your Kid

Sit down Dad, we need to talk, About the hurried way you eat, walk and talk. I know I’m a kid and I have growing to do, But my lil’ mind can’t ignore some changes in you.   Is life wearing you down or is it me? If it makes your day better, I’ll just … [Read more…]

Uncertainty Is The Only Adoption Certainty

The gray clouds of uncertainty are omnipresent in adoption.  I have come to accept this as fact. All parents experience unpredictability, but adoption amplifies it.  The exaggerated uncertainty for me is a result of self-doubt and the constant fear of the unknown. Adoption’s uncertainty will test any family’s mettle.  These dense, gray clouds continue to … [Read more…]

Dad Duds: Three Elements of Good-Bad Dad-Brain

I find there to be three elements to having Good-Bad Dad-Brain when dealing with my kids’ unending requests of me. #1 – Meet the request, comment, complaint or whining with immediate skepticism. #2 – Finding personal benefit in addressing the situation. #3 – Reconciling the valor of your answer by asking “W.W.M.D” (or “what would … [Read more…]