Teach Your Kids the Rules

Sports are complicated.  Every year there seems to be a new rule that no one knows about until half way through the season.  Expecting our kids to know all the rules to the sports they play can be an unachievable task.  I have memories of playing multiple sports growing up.  The one I was the worst at was basketball.  IContinue reading “Teach Your Kids the Rules”

Politics. Religion. Race. Masks. How Do We Influence Our Kids?

Apparently there is an election coming up later this year.  Anyone else hear about this?  (Insert sarcastic emoji).  I recently received the happy news that I have been randomly drafted to be an election worker the day of the presidential election.  It should be an interesting experience.  While discussing this at the dinner table, our older son had many questions.  WhoContinue reading “Politics. Religion. Race. Masks. How Do We Influence Our Kids?”

To School or Not to School? That is the Question

I recently posted about my medical opinion on kids and wearing masks in school.  I discussed their purpose and how they prevent the spread of infection.  However, many parents, and even school districts, wonder if we are rushing into things too soon.  Some areas of the country are seeing a steady rate of SARS-CoV-2 cases, while others areContinue reading “To School or Not to School? That is the Question”

Masks and Why They Work For School

Ever since SARS-CoV-2 came to the United States there has been an ever changing influence on our daily lives.  Our kids have been no exception, having to leave in-person school early.  As parents we attempted to accomplish eLearning at home while holding down a job and keeping the peace in the house.  I think many parents quickly learnedContinue reading “Masks and Why They Work For School”

Picky Eaters – We All Have One

I’m pretty sure I drove my parents crazy as a kid.  I was what one would call a “picky eater.”  All I ever ate for dinner was plain pasta or rice with butter, peas, and occasionally chicken.  Sure the typical hot dog or pizza would pass my jawline, but put some meatloaf in front of me and IContinue reading “Picky Eaters – We All Have One”

Enjoy Your Kids

Happy Father’s Day!  Oh wait, that was last week?  Well, I got to celebrate it this past weekend.  Last weekend was our younger son’s birthday (on Sunday) as was our wedding anniversary (12 years! Woot!).  The two things that made me a father were celebrated that same day, so we pushed back my celebration to this past weekend.  No complaintsContinue reading “Enjoy Your Kids”

Childhood Identity – Choose the Right Words

My family and I took a much needed vacation this last week.  Typically this leads to slightly more screen time than normal, and our younger son decided we HAD to watch Cars 3.  Again.  If you have kids, you have probably seen it.  If not, the general premise of this one (spoiler alert!) is Lightning McQueen is nearing theContinue reading “Childhood Identity – Choose the Right Words”

7. Overwhelmed

That’s a strong word right there.  How many times have you felt this way?  Pulled in multiple directions, not sure where you are supposed to look to next.  Be a good husband.  Be a good father.  Be a good physician.  And somewhere in all of that you aren’t supposed to tear at the seams.  Lose yourself for a moment and the restContinue reading “7. Overwhelmed”

6. Kids and Hobbies – Do They Even Mesh?

This weekend I was outside hoping to do a little work on our garden.  I had recently built a new raised garden bed, and I was hoping to get the soil in and cucumbers planted.  We were in the backyard (me, wife, and two boys), and one would assume this would be an ideal timeContinue reading “6. Kids and Hobbies – Do They Even Mesh?”