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Am I Traumatizing My Kid By Walking Around The House Naked?

I wrote this article for The Fatherly Forum, a community of parents and influencers with insights about work, family, and life. –  Am I Traumatizing My Kid By Walking Around The House Naked?

I interviewed parents raising their children under various degrees of nudity from casual to full-on nudist. It was a real hoot! Feel free to share any of your awkward/hilarious family experiences.

Cheers,

Dean

 

 

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Communication Breakdown: An infant’s take on Led Zeppelin

Twin of the Week – Penelope: It’s never too early to start helping your child build a foundation of faith — which is why I recently introduced Penny & Clemmy to my personal salvation — Led Zeppelin. I’ve been an unabashed Zep fanatic since high school — I only wish someone had introduced me to them earlier. I enjoy a wide range of music, but Zeppelin is the only band of which I can listen to every album from cover to cover. My personal favorite is Zeppelin III, which was released in 1970. Zeppelin III begins with the heart pounding Immigrant Song, followed by a mix of blues and folk. Clementine’s favorite is “Bron-Y-Aur Stomp”, a folksy foot-stomping tune about Robert Plant’s dog. Penny seems more drawn to “Since I’ve Been Loving You,” a slow, bluesy number that seems to stretch time itself.

“Daddy, I don’t get it.”

“Get what, sweetie?”

“The lyrics — they don’t make sense.”

“Sweetie, people don’t listen to music for the lyrics… it’s all about the mood.” Continue reading Communication Breakdown: An infant’s take on Led Zeppelin

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A Baby’s New Year’s Resolution

Happy New Year! While many people couldn’t wait to say goodbye to 2016, I wanted to hold on to what was arguably the best year of my life. How could it not? On June 21st, my wife and I gave birth to healthy, beautiful, twin girls! Moreover, I had the luxury of giving up my day job, along with the pleasure of staying home with Penelope and Clementine. Admittedly, my wife and I are scraping by, and we’ve had to make a lot of sacrifices, but the experience has been priceless. Not to mention, I now have a built-in excuse to stay in on New Year’s Eve, and avoid the undue pressure of manufactured fun. This past Saturday, when the clock struck midnight, my wife and I tiptoed into the girls’ nursery, and smooched our little darlings. Clementine took advantage of the moment to strike up a conversation about the future.

“Daddy, I thought of a really good New Year’s resolution.”

“What’s that, sweetie?”

“I’m gonna start walking!”

“That’s stupid.” Continue reading A Baby’s New Year’s Resolution