Today’s “Ask the Doctor and the Dad” question has been a long time coming:
Is it okay for parents to cry in front of their kids? And does it make a difference whether it’s a mom or dad doing the crying? I usually manage to keep my emotions in check, but not this week.
– A Dad From Cleveland
Thanks for the heartfelt question, Dad From Cleveland.
If you’ve been reading our updates about what having three kids is really like, you know that adding that third kiddo seems to have resulted in at least one person in our family being sick all the freaking time.
So I guess you could say we’re kind of experts on the subject. (Yippee.)
That’s why it came as no surprise to us when Catherine Phelan over at rebates.com interviewed us for an article she was writing about how parents can deal with sick kids, being sick themselves or both.
Our long holiday weekend felt even longer than usual. That’s because The Doctor went out of town for a fun-filled girls’ weekend in Nashville, leaving The Dad and all three kids to fend for themselves.
Toys. They’re everywhere these days. Although their natural habitat is a well-organized chest in your child’s room, they frequently migrate to places like the living room, kitchen table, the car, your bed and of course, directly under your feet in a dark hallway in the middle of the night.
What’s worse, new toys threaten to encroach upon your home environment all the time, as birthdays, holidays and random visits from grandma and grandpa often bring more and more of these parasitic playthings with them.
So how do parents like us know which of the thousands of toys out there are actually worth keeping (or buying in the first place)? Which ones will maintain our children’s interest, help them learn something, boost their problem-solving skills and inspire their creativity?
You know how sometimes every single person around you is totally getting on your nerves? Your kids, your spouse, that driver in front of you…they’re all jerks, right? And so if you decide to snap and go off on them a little (or a lot), it’s 100% justified, because everybody really, really deserves it.
You know that feeling you get when you pack some bags, grab your kids, and head to the airport brimming with confidence that your entire family flight experience will be easy, effortless and enjoyable?
Of course not. No one does. Because that feeling does not actually exist.
Each Kid Joke Korner features a real joke set-up that one of our children made up, along with our family’s guesses as to what the punch line might be. See if you can figure out how each joke really ends – or share your own punch line ideas in the comments!
Tonight, after you’ve forced open your child’s bedroom door despite the giant pile of stuffed animals behind it… After you’ve somehow managed to tiptoe through a minefield of toys, books and discarded dirty laundry without breaking your neck… And after you’ve leaned over and kissed your adorable little angel’s crusty, crumb-covered face goodnight, consider this:
Your child – who is quite possibly the messiest human being you know – is going to clean up our entire planet.