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Archive for February 2009

lips1Red has developed an interesting habit. He spends a lot of his time flapping/smacking his lips. By that I mean that he seems to be immitating adults talking, but no sound comes from his throat. It’s kinda amusing to watch.¬†I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that a child of mine is is odd. ūüėȬ†

Anybody else experience this with their kids?

The Image

The Image

The Truth

The Truth

I thought about calling this post “The Abobination”.

I had a doctor appointment today. I couldn’t get a sitter, so I took Red with me. Riding the bus on the way home, Red caught a young fellow’s attention. He stopped watching (very loud) videos on his cell phone and talked to me and Red a bit. He then did what he surely thought was helpful. I did not agree.

I suddenly heard what I initially thought was a “Yankee Doodle” ring tone. I shortly realized, though, that what I heard was in fact the theme song for “Barney the Dinosaur”. The “helpful” fellow then turned the screen of his phone around to show the show’s opening sequence. He asked with a smile, “Do you like Barney?” I assumed he was talking to me, since Red is not even six months old. I said, “No! I hate Barney!” He promptly stopped the video, seeming a bit taken aback.

I’m glad I didn’t have to kill him. I’d have likely ruined a useable umbrella stroller in the process, to say nothing of how I’d scare Red and the poor blood-spattered riders seated near us.

I won’t go into the details of why Barney is evil. That topic has been beaten to death by better writers. Suffice to say that if you think that showing the tales of Satan’s dim-witted love child with Grimace is help, do me and Red a favor and be less helpful.

November 16, 1958 - February 3, 2009

Michael Dubriel: November 16, 1958 - February 3, 2009

In another case of what is and what should never be, a woman has lost a husband and children have lost a father. On February 3, blogger and author Michael Dubriel collapsed at the gym and could not be revived. He was 50. He is survived by his wife, blogger and author Amy Welborn and two (?) sons. Prayers and well-wishes may be left here (because Amy has closed her comments), and donations may be may here. Also, the profits from sales of Michael’s books go toward his boys’ college fund, so be sure to buy some.

Tragedies like this happen all the time, and we are blissfully ignorant of most of them. The least we can do is help out when we are aware. Please be generous with your prayers, donations, and book purchases.

I stumbled across an interesting post the other day. Wife and mother Kate recently pondered the sharing of housekeeping duties between husbands and wives. I’m curious to hear others’ thoughts.


“I¬†had an interesting conversation with a colleague once who claimed that the chores men typically do around the house are the ones they‚Äôre interested in and women do everything else. Is that part of the anger? That in order to get husbands to help out we don‚Äôt make them do the unappealing stuff? And then all women do is the stuff they don‚Äôt like? That‚Äôs not a good recipe for happiness.

“And what the hell do the husbands think about all of this? Do they agree? Has anyone asked them how angry they are and why?”

Please read the whole thing and tell me what you think. I’m particularly interested in hearing from stay/work-at-home dads and their wives. I’m sure that changes household dynamics quite a bit compared to the traditional norm.¬†

You might wonder why I’ve asked for thoughts and haven’t offered my own. Well, I’m still working on them. As a busy work-at-home dad, spare time sufficient for writing original thoughts is rare. Hopefully, with the help of my readers’ shared experiences, I’ll have something interesting and original to contribute. ūüôā

Some companies go overboard protecting their copyrights and trademarks. The latest case of obsessive possessiveness comes from Gerber. They sent a cease and desist letter to Aquinas and More to stop their use of “onesie“. In solidarity with A&M and in defiance of such silliness, I offer the following.



Pthbb :-p~~~~~~~~~ shares an interesting article about Super Bowl champion coach and father Mike Tomlin.

“In a great article, coach Tomlin sums it nicely talking about children and the responsibilities of dads to help guide children. Children need our help, Tomlin says, ‘They need dads who believe in those dreams as strongly as they do, men with the maturity and wisdom to guide them to the place where their dreams are within their grasp.’ ¬†Congratulations to Mike Tomlin on setting the right example and…I guess for the Superbowl too.”


baby patting machine

Maybe I need one of these.

Sometimes, when my son is fighting sleep particularly hard, the only thing that calms him down is light patting of his bum. It works remarkably well. Any ideas why?

Links? What links?

I can't keep up with blogroll maintenance any more so I've given up. Instead, below you'll find shared links from Google Reader and Delicious. If you read enough of them you should be able to figure out most of the parenting sites I frequent.

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