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the secret of life – and parenthood

The secret of life (and parenthood)

the secret of life – and parenthood

A friend of ours lost her father recently. Being Jewish, she invited mourners over to pay their respects at a shiva. Not being Jewish, we had never been to one of those before.

But it was a truly lovely evening – family and friends gathered together in her home, reciting traditional Hebrew prayers, singing traditional Hebrew songs and sharing heartfelt stories about their lost loved one (that part was in English, fortunately for us).

The rabbi leading the ceremony told one story that really stuck with us. It was about a time someone asked him to explain the secret of life. Via text message.

Pretty modern stuff for a 3,000-year-old religion, huh? Continue reading The secret of life (and parenthood)

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The Third Annual Doctor+Dad Family Awards!

Everybody always warns us that the time we spend raising kids is going to fly by before we know it. And we believe them.

That’s why we make sure to hit the “pause” button at least once a year, taking some time to look back at some of the sweetest, silliest moments from the past twelve months of our family’s life.

We did it in 2014, we did it in 2015, and we’re doing it again right now. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, here are the winners of the third annual Doctor+Dad Family Awards!
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thanksgiving crafts

Here’s why we’re having a Happy Thanksgiving

thanksgiving crafts
Our kids are thankful for art supplies, apparently.

As family and friends gather together for another Thanksgiving feast this year, there are countless reasons we should all give thanks:

Pumpkin pie, whipped cream, and a lot more whipped cream, to name a few.

But while we are deeply appreciative of those three extremely important items, they aren’t the only things our family is thankful for this year. In fact, here’s what everybody in our household said when we asked, “What are you thankful for this year?”
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commercials about parenting make you cry

7 commercials about parenting that will make you cry

commercials about parenting make you cry

When you’re a parent, you don’t have much time for yourself. Not to sleep, not to shower, not to watch TV, and certainly not to watch commercials.

But the thing is, there are lots of commercials about parenting out there that are pretty darn good – or at least pretty darn good at making moms and dads like us cry.

So since you probably haven’t had the spare minute or two it takes to find and watch any of these poignant, touching, heartstring-tugging advertisements on your own, here’s our collection of 7 commercials about parenting that will surely make you cry like a baby.

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Is your TIRED family as TIRED as our TIRED family is?

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Here’s what happened when a totally tired family of five talked about just how tired they all were.

Summer vacation’s over, school’s back in session and families everywhere are wishing they could squeeze just a few more minutes out of their snooze buttons each morning.

The Doctor and Dad household is no exception. With a full-time first grader, a part-time preschooler and a baby who’s decided to drop her second nap way sooner than we’d have liked, we’re as busy as ever – and most definitely sleepy.

That’s why we decided to talk about just how tired we all were during one of our famous, dinnertime family debates! Check out some of the other stuff we’ve debated in the past here and here. Then read below to find out what happened when we asked our tired family:

“What is the most TIRED you have been in your whole entire life?”

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