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Putting Playful Parenting into Practice

In the first chapter of Playful Parenting, Lawrence J. Cohen recounts a story of putting on a little play with some of his daughter’s dolls as a way to defuse a frustrating situation: After just a few times playing this game, getting dressed on her own became a habit, and I didn’t have to spend

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Highlights from Chapter 1: The Value of Being a Playful Parent

In chapter 1 of Playful Parenting, “The Value of Being a Playful Parent,” Cohen presents his thesis: Playful Parenting is a way to enter a child’s world, on the child’s terms, in order to foster closeness, confidence, and connection. When all is well in their world, play is an expansive vista where children are joyful,

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Frugal Month – Week 4 recap

What did we spend this week? Day 22 – $8.50 (camera lens cover) + $115.73 (grocery) + $26.21 (household supplies) Day 23 – $308.22 (prepay for Disney in fall) Day 24 – $80.47 (utilities – gas) + $110.39 (insurance) Day 25 – $20.66 (grocery) Day 26 – $34.54 (alcohol) + $15.00 (babysitting) Day 27 –

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How I Found It: Playful Parenting

When it comes to becoming a parent, Bryan Caplan is the best. I stand by that. His writing on family economics at Econlog and his book Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids had a profound impact on the attitude with which I approached starting a family. His words have stayed with me as my children

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Head North: Moving from Metaphor to Mantra

In my last post, I presented the compass as a metaphor for fatherhood. I like using metaphor as a framework for thinking through and organizing my thoughts about the kind of parent that I want to be. However, the thing about being a parent is that, when it comes time to act, you usually don’t

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A Helpful Way to Think About Fatherhood

I would like to share a metaphor that I have been working on to help myself understand my role as a full-time, stay-at-home dad: A good father is a compass. Invitation to Exploration A compass is a symbol of movement. Can you even think of a compass without also conjuring thoughts of exploration and adventure?

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Frugal Month – Week 3 recap

Onto week 3 of our frugal month challenge. What did we spend this week? Day 15 – $9.99 (online game) + $86.30 (grocery) + $27.00 (gas) + $100 (Martial Arts fee) Day 16 – $156.60 (gym membership) + $16.40 (Kansas toll fees for multiple months) + $10 (charitable donation) Day 17 – $163.65 (oil change

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Ozzie (Pawsie) gets a haircut

Ozzie, or as our youngest likes to call him, Pawsie, is our mini goldendoodle. He’s a super adorable cuddly well-behaved ball of fluff, and while he is an absolute zero shedder, the trade off is that he needs regular brushing and grooming.

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Mining the Meaning of Mine in Bryan Caplan’s Modest Proposal

Bryan Caplan is one of my favorite authors, and I particularly enjoy his writing on family economics. I’ve started working my way through the archives of his content where I’ve already re-discovered one of my favorite articles of all time. Despite my admiration for his work, and even though I found that particular post inspiring,

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Bryan Caplan’s Modest Proposal

Ten years ago, Bryan Caplan engaged in some introspection on Father’s Day: “If you offered to replace one of my sons with another biological child who was better in every objective way, I’d definitely refuse.” That post is the first one I’m putting on my short list of favorite articles of all-time. So what do

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