Megatron! Boner! Turbocharger! And Other Words Men Say.

May 1, 2010

Sorry about the title, but I’m trying to overcome my genderanalyzer.com rating: Eighty-four percent? Sheesh, I guess it’s time to trot out a booty-call, A-Rod, Hooters burgers, four-on-the-floor kind of post. Or maybe just stop writing about my kids. That’s so female.

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The Girl Who Saves Dryer Lint

April 28, 2010

I contemplate the garbage. Every time I throw something away, I have to consider: can anything visible be construed as treasure? And Fern, god love her, can sure construe. Tonight I excavated from what Fern calls my “treasure pocket” the following haul: four Band-Aid wrappers, a sheet of clear plastic wrap, the hanging tag from […]

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I Like Crying Children

April 26, 2010

I was at a nursery school event some months ago, just hanging out by the climbing dome, when a small girl hit her head on a bar and started to wail. The girl’s mom wasn’t immediately available — this is an enclosed and locked play yard, so we often work under “village rules.” So, being […]

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Putting children to work as housekeepers

April 15, 2010
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“You really have to clean your room every day or else it gets ridiculous,” said my daughter. Yep, read that again: said my daughter. Fern was talking to a friend in the car, gloriously oblivious to my presence as only four-year olds can be oblivious. Like when kids hide their face in a couch cushion […]

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How to get promoted to “stay at home dad supervisor”

April 14, 2010

I never lie about my work. Except to my daughter. Some dads do stretch the truth about their job titles, I’ve noticed. Either they’re stay-at-home dads who still pretend to be working — heard as “I’m doing some consulting” — or they’re mostly-working dads who take a day off and think they rate the SAHD […]

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