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Kiddie Comments Make Me Laugh

Kiddie Comments Make Me Laugh

By J. Shane Mercer Watching your children grow up is a wonderful thing. And not in that syrupy sweet, slow-motion, fuzz filter way that they show you on commercials where they’re trying to tug at your heart strings to sell you really expensive kids clothes because childhood is a magical time, and one day they’ll […]

The Bad of Being Dad

The Bad of Being Dad

Being a dad is awesome except for the parts that aren’t. What are those parts that stink? Here’s a list: 1. The mountains of plastic crud – After a few Christmases, birthdays, and trips to Chuck E. Cheese’s, you realize that basically your kid is getting the same thing over and over. It’s all just […]

Star Trek, Star Wars, and the Quest of Fatherhood

Star Trek, Star Wars, and the Quest of Fatherhood

An open letter to a friend and soon-to-be father… Dear Jared, We’ve become pretty good friends over the past year and a half working together at The Village. We’re kind of kindred souls in a way—two peas in a pod. We both have creative minds with a bit of a snarl when it comes to […]

Sick Day Challenge

Sick Day Challenge

Whether or not to send a self-reported sick child to school may be the most difficult decision in all of parentdom. We’re not talking about the puking, feverish, or spot-covered child. That’s an easy call. We’re talking about the kid who wakes in the morning without such tell-tale symptoms, but utters those most-loathed words, “I […]