Category: Family

Daddy Baby

GoGoGadgetGreta presented me with another opportunity to practice Playful Parenting today. We were leaving Costco. We had achieved our objective of getting vacation snacks and I was trying to get everything and everyone packed up into the car. My dear daughter was having none of it. The tears were abundant and the refusal to even

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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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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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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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