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?”

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”

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?”

5. The Art of Yelling

My twin sister and I were known as the “Temper Toffles” while in grade school.  Why, you may ask?  Our voices carried very well.  We would get into shouting matches while playing touch football at the bus stop.  We would yell when playing roller hockey with our friends up the street.  It wasn’t always yellingContinue reading “5. The Art of Yelling”

4. Like Father Like Son?

As I mentioned in my first post, I grew up with a dad who was a physician. In that post I probably made the mistake of trying to compare dads of today to our parents or even their parents. The role of “dad” has evolved through the generations. Due to that, I think there areContinue reading “4. Like Father Like Son?”

3. Does COVID-19 and Potty Training Really Have All That Much in Common?

Covid-19.  SARS-CoV-2.  Coronavirus.  “The Virus” as our kids seem to call it.  We all use different names for what is going on at home.  Our world has been turned around in many aspects due to the current pandemic plaguing our country and other countries around the world.  You can’t turn on a TV channel, radio station, Facebook newsfeed, or blog postContinue reading “3. Does COVID-19 and Potty Training Really Have All That Much in Common?”

2. How an Old Bike Tested My Patience and Empathy

I have memories of trying to learn how to ride my bike without training wheels. The bike I had was a marvelous blend of brown, mustard yellow, and more brown. Growing up in West Virginia you were either going up a hill or down a hill, so the concept of NOT using training wheels hauntedContinue reading “2. How an Old Bike Tested My Patience and Empathy”