Month: January 2018

Woodchips and Nailguns: Lessons From My Father

Some of my most vivid memories of growing up with my father are from the projects we worked on together.┬áMy dad, among his many other skills, is a carpenter. He built 2/3rds of the house I grew up in — my grandfather built the other third. Together, we’ve torn down walls, put down flooring, remodeled

DIY String Art Batgirl Symbol

Baby is absolutely wild about Batman and Batgirl. She has a Batgirl cape and a talking utility belt and more than one Batgirl mask. She cried when the Batman animated series was dropped from Netflix. She went as “Batman-Batgirl” for Halloween — an important distinction. She’ll correct you if you say she just went as

9 Tips For Easy Tantrum-Free Bathtimes

Along with being picky about eating and whiny about bedtimes, bathtime is probably one of the biggest daily hurdles for most parents of small children. Kids like being filthy, and getting clean isn’t really at the top of their priority list. Thankfully, Baby and Monster don’t have too much trouble with bathtime, although they sometimes

Do We Let Our Kids Watch Too Much TV?

Our Internet was out for two days. No Internet means no Netflix. Since we don’t have cable TV, that meant the TV was pretty much dead for two days. The kids were gone for the first day, which gave me time to build them a DIY growth chart while Angela was at work, but on

A Week In the Redhead House

It’s been a busy week! Angela’s work schedule has been wonky, and the kids were out of school for two days due to ice and snow, so I’ve spent a lot of time wrangling preschoolers. Awards and Nominations Over the week, I was nominated for a Liebster Award by LilMommaCrafts. It’s functionally similar to the

Do You Use Swear Words In Front Of Your Children?

I’ve been thinking about the concept of “swear words” lately. A friend of mine was complaining about her six year old son swearing a lot, which she attributed to family members who swear and curse constantly around him. Around the same time, @Thepadawanmummy on Twitter shared a tweet about asking her husband to stop cursing

10 Of The Best Dadjokes From Twitter This Week

We’ve hit a lot of great milestones over the past week — we topped 1000 total pageviews a few days ago, we’ve had more than 100 comments across the site, and we’ve gathered over 500 followers on Twitter! Several guest blogging opportunities have popped up as well, so I’m going to be working on those

7 Lessons I Want My Kids To Learn About Mental Health

Mental health awareness and outreach is a cause that’s really important to me. I have a sibling with intellectual disability. I’ve struggled with depression and panic attacks. I’ve lost friends to suicide, and seen them struggle with eating disorders, anxiety, and learning disabilities. Now that I have kids, I’ve been thinking of mental health in