Daddy log – parenting

The Daddy blog – Steve’s experience of and reflections on fatherhood.

Mr. Mom

My hat is off to those who care for children fulltime. Eleanor had some minor surgery about two weeks ago so I got to do what she does on a dily basis. It was very hard. That wasn’t a surprise to me, but experiencing something always makes it more real. I love and enjoy my … Continue reading »

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Living or Documenting?

I’ve experienced this a number times now so maybe it’s worth writing about… Eleanor and I always used to take cameras along on our vacations and when we came home, we’d find that we had forgotten to take any pictures. Lately, with growing children, we’re more deliberate about taking the pictures. We want to remember … Continue reading »

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Money, money, money, money

Recently, Eleanor and I were discussing a deadline for a church publicity project. A message hadn’t gotten through, and we were discussing whether we were going to have to pay a late fee for the postcards we had ordered. Just then, our son Johnny heard the discussion. Feeling the emotion in the conversation, he said, … Continue reading »

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7 cheap things for dads to do with their young kids

As a new dad, it took me some time to develop the skills for just hanging out with my kids. Fortunately, I developed several ways to “cheat.” I will now share them with you. Continue reading »

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Joshua’s early body art

Some parents allow their children to get tattoos at 18. I figured I’d do my best to keep even that from happening, but my son Joshua had other plans at 1-1/2. Continue reading »

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Joshua turns one!

We are very thankful for Joshua and the blessings that he has brought to our family in his first year. He’s a great kid!
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Diggin’ in!

This picture of my son devouring a muffin top-first is a nice reminder of what total authenticity is like. Johnny doesn’t do phony. I don’t want to either. Continue reading »

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Disneyland Dad?

Actually, even though the Disneyland lines were really long on the day before Thanksgiving at the end of the 50th anniversary party year, the kids really enjoyed themselves… But, of course, the undercover pastor was checking out the scene too. Continue reading »

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Not a material boy

So I decided that it might be time to get him a kid-sized basketball hoop. When I mentioned it to Johnny, I expected him to be excited. “Johnny, we’re thinking about buying you an outside basketball hoop like your friend Hayden has to we can play basketball!” His reply surprised me. Continue reading »

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When do we learn that we can’t do things?

My son Johnny believes he can do anything. Why don’t the rest of us feel that way anymore? Continue reading »

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The Pain of Parenting – Johnny’s First ER Trip

On Wednesday night, our two-year-old son Johnny had to go to the emergency room to get his first stitches. I wasn’t prepared for how traumatic it would be for him, and for Eleanor and me. Continue reading »

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Holding onto a moment

My son Johnny is only two, but I can see how much he’s changed in those two years… I can already imagine him as a teenager distancing himself from Dad, and that’s what made the moment this afternoon special. Continue reading »

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First smile

Joshua, our six-week old baby, smiled his first smile this morning Continue reading »

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