As I sat watching the World Series, I had an epiphany. Abner Doubleday, the supposed creator of baseball, must have been a dad. The game of baseball is so full of life lessons and parenting advice that there's no way he wasn't a father. Here are my top 5 (I can never seem to make it to 10) parenting tips from the game of baseball:
There are times in my life as a dad that I just want to relax. I want to catch up on all the latest sporting news, contemplate the deep meaningful things in my life (like where does toe-jam come from), and let my mind drift away.
However, I don't want to neglect my kids, because then I'd be a terrible parent. My children would wind up in therapy 20 years down the road talking about how daddy never loved them, and I can't live with that on my conscience.
Every parent wants their kids to have a 'better life' than they had. But what does this look like in real life? Parents can say things like 'I hope my kids grow up to be happy and healthy,' but both happiness and healthiness leave a lot of room for interpretation.
A wise man once told me that when you have goals, if they aren't measurable, they are worthless. So why should the goals and aspirations parents have for their kids be any different?
- The writer has another kid, and finds it more prudent so feed, bathe, and attend to the new baby.
- Life gets busy - The kids start getting involved in sports, dance, music, etc.
Boogers… we all have them, and we all have various ways of dealing with them. Here are the top 5 things that your daughter should do with her boogers:
Over the last three years I've been in denial that the three year old is a diva. I've been trying, with mixed results to turn her into a tomboy. This effort has been largely unsuccessful, save for the fact that she really likes playing with worms, and is always trying to take tools out of my tool bag. The following are ten reasons that indicate the three year old is quickly becoming a diva.
It's true what Johnson and Johnson says, having a baby does change everything. Like it or not, kids force you to make lifestyle changes. Perhaps you've had to sacrifice and downsize. You're no longer able to maintain the standard of living you're used to, and it's either make a change or face years of debt. Maybe you've had to upgrade and move out of a that small apartment with the neighbors who party and make noise until the wee hours. Even if the previous scenarios don't ring true for you, I'm sure you've had to make many sacrifices as a parent.