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Tripping Through the Alps

Tripping Through the Alps

So here is one of those odd, slightly awkward, situations that you suddenly decided to make the most of.  I was 17 but I was an older looking 17, and I guess I looked pretty confident so as my sister and I traveled throughout Bavaria […]

Then There Were Four

Then There Were Four

Four kids, by today’s standards this is double the average family size and therefore an exceptionally large family, it is not.  You can visually identify 5 objects without counting and the average van has seats for at least 7 so we are still a small […]

All Who Wander Are Not Lost, or Are They?

All Who Wander Are Not Lost, or Are They?

There are two types of people in the world, those who take pictures and those who don’t.   I fall into the second category. Taking time out from an experience to pull out a camera or a phone to snap a photo always seem to […]

How to Raise Stress Free Kids

How to Raise Stress Free Kids

Can you raise stress free kids or raise kids without stress?   Well probably not, but you can sure raise them without all the current drama and angst.   We have hit that stage where all our friends, family members and acquaintances are putting their […]

10 Pros and Cons of a Work-from-Home Dad

10 Pros and Cons of a Work-from-Home Dad

I am a bit of an old soul and tend to rail against modernity, all while surfing the web, drinking coffee (sourced thousands of miles away) in my air conditioned office.    Yes, I am spoiled.   I complain about the ills of society, yet I […]

Growing Pains and Becoming a Man

Growing Pains and Becoming a Man

Master and Commander A Russell Crowe and Paul Betany must see!   A story of two friends in the English Navy during the Napoleonic Wars. There is something very compelling about the sacrifice, the discomfort, and the sheer difficulty about naval life during this time frame. […]

Growing Up With Special Needs Siblings

Growing Up With Special Needs Siblings

A Sibling’s Perspective There are dozens of articles about what it’s like raising a child with special needs from the Parent’s viewpoint, but not too many about what it’s like growing up with a sibling with Special Needs.   My husband and I have the […]

Building Male Character

Building Male Character

Character has many definitions     There are two definitions that I would like to talk about that I think gets confused today…  at least one definition seems to dominate over the other. When we talk about building Character, what I believe we are referring […]

10 things I wish I knew before becoming a Dad

10 things I wish I knew before becoming a Dad

If you go by the idea that 10,000 hours of practice makes you an expert, then my wife and I qualify as child rearing experts, right?       Wrong.  Maybe it would if kids did not change the rules every 24 hours. My wife and […]

Where have all the ‘Manly Clothes’ gone?

Where have all the ‘Manly Clothes’ gone?

Let’s talk about something controversial today  What is up with male fashion?  Before I go too far I have to make a disclosure, If you peruse through my wardrobe you would undoubtedly say, “this man is not allowed to have an opinion on the subject […]