Infant Milestones: Should I Worry If My Kid Falls Behind?
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by Guest Contributor
6d ago
Our daughter was born two weeks late. I remember going into the hospital nursery and thinking she looked more developed than most of the babies. That’s when I concluded that this meant she would hit all her infant milestones and first-year benchmarks quicker than the rest. I often think back on a story my dad told me from his childhood. My grandmother insisted that he was potty trained at 3 months old. When asked why, my grandmother said she would look in his crib, and, if his eyes were watery, she knew he had to go to the bathroom. A silly story, of course, but it only reveals to m ..read more
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Au Pair: Best Solution for Your Child Care Issues?
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by Christopher Mannino
1w ago
When our family’s child care situation proved unworkable last year, we knew we had to make a major lifestyle change. For us, it was bringing an au pair into our home to help care for our two children. Au pair comes from the French, meaning “on par” or “equal to.” Agencies we talked to repeatedly stressed this concept. Unlike a live-in nanny, an au pair is expected to be treated more like a family member than a salaried employee. What is an au pair? Au pairs in the United States come from a foreign nation to live in your house for one year. They have J-1 student visas which require them to tak ..read more
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Instructions Not Included With Children? Better Think Again
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by Guest Contributor
2w ago
It has been said that when children are born, instructions are not included with them. I, however, have evidence to the contrary. In the months since the birth of our daughter, we have accumulated enough manuals and instruction booklets to keep a small team from Ikea busy assembling and running safety checks until she starts kindergarten. We have three strollers, each with a set of instructions save one. That stroller came with four separate manuals. Our car seat, which came essentially fully assembled, still included a 66-page instruction book. This car seat is so durable that you can strap ..read more
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Life Force, Willpower Drained? You Must Be a Parent
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by Christian Lemon
3w ago
I have a theory. It’s so revolutionary, so mind-altering, I’m terrified to unleash it on the world. I’m sure a savvy behavioral scientist will steal my idea and claim it as his own. Perhaps some pseudo-scientist will develop an outlandish experiment to test my hypothesis while giving me zero credit. Despite these obvious dangers, I’ve decided to bravely share my idea with the world. I believe children appear to have endless energy because they actively and greedily consume the life force and willpower of their parents and caregivers. That’s it. That’s the theory. It’s the only way to explain ..read more
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HomeDadCon 2024: At-Home Fathers to Meet in St. Louis
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by Kevin McKeever
3w ago
Stay-at-home dads and work-at-home fathers are scheduled to gather in St. Louis this October for HomeDadCon 2024, the annual conference for these dads to add to their parenting skills, support each other and socialize. Speakers and topics have yet to be announced for the event, which runs Oct. 17 to 19. Breakout topics at past conventions ranged from dealing with picky eaters to teaching children about sexual consent. Outreach or social activities, such as attending a sporting event, are often part of the program. The National At-Home Dad Network (NAHDN) event is for stay- and work-at-ho ..read more
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Parental Calendar Filled By Our Children’s Busy Lives
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by Jamar Hudson
1M ago
I’d be lost without Google Calendar. In many ways, it’s my own little digital personal assistant. Every meeting, trip, doctor’s appointment, party invitation, important birthday, sports practice and game, and more fill the days, weeks, and months on my computer screen and phone.  Yay, technology! As I’ve aged, having a detailed calendar has become a necessity. If it isn’t on there, forget about it. I’m not going to be on time. Hell, I might not even show up at all. I could get away without writing down appointments and such when I was younger. Dentist appointment next Thursday at 9? No p ..read more
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Hilarious Harlem Globetrotters Still Dazzle, Delight Whole Family
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by Lance Somerfeld
1M ago
Growing up, watching the Harlem Globetrotters with my family was a cherished annual tradition. Every year, our family would venture into The Big City from Long Island to watch basketball wizardry, insane dunks and trick shots, and laugh at all the team’s all comical antics. It was one of those memorable childhood traditions I couldn’t wait to share with my own children. I was finally able to fulfill that promise last week. My kids and I went to Madison Square Garden along with a dozen other NYC Dads Group members and their kids to see the World Famous Harlem Globetrotters during their 2024 W ..read more
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Best Music Dad Jokes to Rock Your Punny Bone
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by Kevin McKeever
1M ago
Know what’s music to our ears? Dad jokes. Specifically, the groans and guffaws (but mostly groans) we hear when we tell them. So we ask you, what better reason do we have to compile a melodious (or is it odorous?) batch of kid-friendly silly jokes and funny puns about music for dads to tell? We hope these musical dad jokes strike a chord near your funny bone. In fact, we consider this compilation of dad-worthy humor a high note for us. If they don’t fall flat with you, please sing the praises of our music dad jokes to others. Best/worst music puns and dad jokes Q. Why is a piano so ..read more
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Best Friendships Span Great Distances, Expenses, Cold
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by Whit Honea
1M ago
Friendship: What is it? Where do we find it? How do we keep it? According to Facebook, a friend is someone we may have met for a minute, added to a list, and then left to the algorithm. According to Marc Antony in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, friends (like Romans and countrymen, respectively) tend to lend their ears and are often prone to peer pressure. According to my youngest son, friendship is a compass that points to where your heart is, regardless of time or distance. Sorry, Bill, but I’m with the kid on this one. “I’m not tired,” said that same kid, lying through his eyelids, then his m ..read more
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Leap Day Explained to a Leap Day Baby
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by Tobin Walsh
1M ago
Lynden’s dad always told him he was special in a very unique way.   Each February, in fact, his dad would always remind him, “You’re my Lynden ‘Leapling’ — my special little boy born on Leap Day.” Lynden knew that his real birthday, February 29, was unusual. But, why?       As a little kid, he never thought to ask what he meant. But, now turning 10 years old, Lynden decided it was time to figure out why being born on “Leap Day” was a big deal.  So many unanswered questions swirled in Lynden’s head: Why did his actual birth date only come around once eve ..read more
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