Why WALL E loves EVE – The Perspectives Of Children

At one point I probably would have assumed that with six kids in the house, at least two of them would be very similar in personality and outlook. And of course, I couldn’t have been more wrong. Continue reading “Why WALL E loves EVE – The Perspectives Of Children”

Social Anxiety and Parenting

Some years ago I was attending my second Home Dad Con, a gathering of stay-at-home dads to discuss parenting over the course of a couple of days. It was my second year attending, and though I had enjoyed the first year somewhat, it was not going well the second time around. I was instead having a full anxiety attack. Continue reading “Social Anxiety and Parenting”

The Eagle’s Breakfast – An Unschooling Story

The morning began like it usually does. The typical chaos of six children sorting out their breakfasts and eating while chatting about how they wanted to spend their day. It’s been moderately cold lately, but today was going to be warm and so they were talking about visiting a playground. I’ve been just as unhappy cooped up inside, so I was more than willing to escort them, just as soon as we decided which one to visit. Continue reading “The Eagle’s Breakfast – An Unschooling Story”

Conversation at the Museum: Thoughts on Fatherhood

Three years ago I was at the museum with my five children. The baby was hungry for a bottle and the rest were hungry for their lunch, so we headed into the foodcourt. We sat at an empty table with enough room for all of us, and I asked the older four children to sit quietly while I fed the baby. Continue reading “Conversation at the Museum: Thoughts on Fatherhood”

A Day in the Life of Unschoolers

Today was a typical day for our Unschoolers. Today we woke up without any plans, except to live our lives. No school-time, no work, no schedules or appointments. After a leisurely breakfast, the kids dispersed to their own pursuits. A couple of them headed into another room to work on building some LEGO contraptions and vehicles. Continue reading “A Day in the Life of Unschoolers”

To My Son

Hello Son.

Allow me to introduce myself. I am your father. Of course you’ve already met me, in your fashion, but you don’t know me, and you don’t know what it means that I am your father. In time you’ll learn, but for right now you spend most of your time sleeping and eating, and cuddling with your mother. It will be a long time before you read this, but there are some things I need to tell you anyway.

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You named the baby WHAT???

How to Name a Man

As you may know, Baby #5 is going to arrive in our household some time soon. Consequentially, we’re trying to finally choose names. But let me clarify something, because in contrast to the many baby name sites that parents-to-be frequent, we are not choosing a baby name. We’re choosing names for an adult.

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