Something I never realized about parenting, until recently, is just how much our kids act as a mirror for us. So much of our kid’s behavior is a reflection of how they see us, and if we want to shape them into the kind of people we want them to be, we must make sure that we, ourselves, are the kind of people we want to be.
Co-author of the parenting blog The Spohrs Are Multiplying, Mike Spohr is a father of three who lives in Southern California with his wife, Heather. He is also the Executive Director of Friends of Maddie, a charity started in honor of his late daughter Madeline, which supports the families of NICU babies. When not changing diapers or playing pretend, he loves baseball, movies, and strumming his guitar.
Some people say the “terrible twos” are the worst, while others think the “threenager” days are the most insufferable. Regardless of which camp you fall into, everyone agrees that toddlers of all ages can throw some epic meltdowns. These are the top 10 things famous for triggering a toddler meltdown.
My wife and I had the privilege of welcoming three newborns into our home, and we experienced all the joy (and exhaustion) that came with each of them. Now that our last child, James, is nearly five months old and our newborn days are behind us, I can’t help but feel a bit wistful. Here are ten things I’m going to miss the most about having a newborn.
My new favorite thing to do in the fall is to go to a farm here in Southern California that transforms itself into a Halloween-themed extravaganza complete with haunted pumpkins and scary tractor rides! We recently took our daughter, Annie, with the goal of picking out a pumpkin or two, but when she found out there were pig races, our priorities quickly changed. She was even picked out of the crowd to be one of the pig’s cheerleaders!
What can you say to a father who has lost a child? A child’s passing is so unfathomable that finding the words to offer anything of meaning to the bereaved is incredibly difficult. I often find myself at a loss for words when I first hear about a child’s passing, which is ironic because I lost my daughter, Madeline, in 2009. Of course, when I step back and think about the things I appreciated being said to me at the time—and those that I didn’t—I realize I have a much better idea of what to say than most. It should be mentioned that everyone grieves in their own way, but with that said here are six tips for talking to a father who has lost a child.
For all of the amazing things moms do as parents, there are still a few things they could learn from dads. I recently asked my wife, Heather, if there was anything I did as a parent that she could learn from, and after laughing a long stretch she came up with these seven examples.
The only thing that rivals how exciting it is to bring home a new baby is how scary it is! Here are 10 things that freak out the parents of newborns, along with advice on how to stay calm while caring for your bundle of joy.
Since my daughter, Annie, was born, my wife and I have dedicated our lives to her. We’ve leapt up in the middle of the night to soothe her after a bad dream, spent hours by her side playing with her beloved Play Doh, and even taken her to Disneyland a number of times. All of this effort has made me feel like a pretty great parent, but then something dawned on me the other day: my first memory wasn’t until I was nearly four, so there’s a good chance that Annie won’t remember any of what we’ve done for her!
Grandparents play a very special role in our kids’ lives, but they’re also famous for overindulging them. This can wreak havoc in our homes after grandma and grandpa leave, but the good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way. Here are 8 common “grandparent problems” and how you can fix them.
Dads today are more involved than ever before, but not everyone’s gotten the memo. Here are ten of the most condescending, clueless, or just plain dumb statements we dads have to deal with on a daily basis.