The Dinner Give-A-Crap-O-Meter
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The Dinner Give-A-Crap-O-Meter

“How are you?” It’s a simple enough question that most people field casually every day, with the typical response being something along the lines of, “good,” “fine,” or “well, thank you.” But are you really good? Are you really fine? It can be hard to tell. The next time you find yourself wondering (or someone…

Why Your Kids Are Angels For The Grandparents (But Not For You)
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Why Your Kids Are Angels For The Grandparents (But Not For You)

Why do kids behave better for their grandparents? If you’ve found yourself asking that question, or its companion, “Why does my child behave for everyone but me?” — don’t worry! You’re definitely not alone. This struggle is as old as time. Picture the following scenario: Raising children and living in what is practically a fraternity…

Dear Chick-fil-A – A Mom’s Hilarious Love Letter
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Dear Chick-fil-A – A Mom’s Hilarious Love Letter

Dear Chick-fil-A, My love for you is widely known to my friends and family, but I think it’s well past time for me to take my feelings public. Back when I was still teaching in the classroom, I left at ridiculously-early-o’clock in the morning. You were the only restaurant who was there for me on…

Summer Survival Tips: The REAL “Essentials” Checklist
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Summer Survival Tips: The REAL “Essentials” Checklist

At this time of year, there are a lot of “essentials for summer survival” and “summer hacks and tips” checklists floating around the internet. Most of them seem to be related to nutrition and appearance (summer body, beach-ready, etc.). Well, that particular ship sailed for me when my middle son literally tore through my abs….

Surviving The Witching Hour: It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere, Unfortunately…
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Surviving The Witching Hour: It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere, Unfortunately…

Surviving the witching hour with babies, toddlers, & beyond is no laughing matter Back in your pre-child days, if you’re anything like me, you tossed around the phrase “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere” with both joy and longing. You couldn’t wait for 5 o’clock. In fact, when you literally couldn’t wait, you would hold happy hour…

School Daze: School is Hard Work (for Parents!)
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School Daze: School is Hard Work (for Parents!)

Today is the last day of school for one of my sons (apparently…. read through to the end for more on this. My bad). In that spirit, I decided that parental school-suffering and teacher appreciation would be as good a topic as any for today’s post. Given my background and stage of life, it’s probably…

Every frat party has prepared you for parenthood …
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Every frat party has prepared you for parenthood …

One of my (few remaining) hobbies is musing about the absurdities of parenthood. In college, I spent my fair share of time in Greek life and I can confidently say that being a parent is a lot like being at a frat party. People are irrational, everything is filthy, and there are far more bodily…