Oft-distributed guideline for 1950s housewives re-written for at-home dads If you’re a parent, there’s a good chance you’ve been emailed or passed along a copy of “The good wife’s guide.” The list is supposedly plucked from an issue of Housekeeping […]
Dear 18-year-old self
35-year-old dad pens a letter to himself at age 18 Dear Howie, If my math is correct, it’s your first semester at college. You’re sweating out a philosophy course. And worried that flunking out will mean returning home and being […]
What’s the international equivalent of the chicken nugget?
Even picky eaters generally gobble up chicken nuggets. That’s been my experience. Though, my parenting has been confined to the continental U.S. I wondered recently what’s the “go-to” kid’s meal in other countries. I reached out to Emily Koziarski, a […]
A lousy youth baseball player finds himself as a cheerleading teeball coach I have no business being a coach. I was never much of an athlete. I have no sporting skills to impart. And yet, I earned the title of […]
If your kid’s toys could talk
Froggy and Buey have their say: Bubba and Peter’s stuffed animals have become brothers by default Buey – “Hello, I’m Buey.” Froggy – “And, I’m Froggy.” Buey – “I’m a six-inch, teddy bear. I’m also 5-year-old Bubba Ludwig’s favorite stuffed […]
Imaginary friends: good, bad, gone?
Some kids have imaginary friends, others don’t. Either way is OK. Peeno Ceeno (pronounced pee-no, see-no) was my imaginary friend. She lived in the wooded wetland behind my house. I was expecting my boys to have imaginary friends too. But […]
My 5-year-old son earns his first “yellow light” for… giving the finger I was shocked. Bubba’s kindergarten class operates on a stoplight system for monitoring behavior. A green light is good. A yellow light is a warning. A red light […]
Should parents let kids win?
I’m not a good soccer player, but I’m a heck of a lot better than my 5-year-old son. The same goes for most backyard games as well as board games, video games and nearly all other competitions. I generally don’t […]
Are tan kids a sign of parental neglect with sunscreen? Sunscreen use has become a ritual among most parents. So much so that suntanned toddlers can create quite a stir at the public pool, splash pad or backyard sprinkler party. […]
Romance for four-year-old classmates offers both cute and awkward moments Bubba has a “girlfriend.” My four-year-old son has fallen for an adorable gal with curly hair and a toothless smile. Her name is Ava, and she likewise considers Bubba her […]
Bubba Ludwig Takes the Field
CHICAGO – A highly touted prospect debuted last month cialis pills in the Kennedy Park T-ball League. Howard “Bubba” Ludwig’s first appearance came at the plate. The four-year-old phenom hit third in the order and didn’t disappoint. On first swing, […]
…you might be a stay-at-home dad.
Jeff Foxworthy’s shtick as it’s applied to stay-at-home dads Jeff Foxworthy’s one-liners aren’t sophisticated or thought-provoking comedy. But his signature you-might-be-a-redneck jokes are often funny. I decided to try my hand at Foxworthy’s shtick. He’s got the redneck market cornered. […]
Potty training rookie reminds dad that diapers make certain situations simpler I’ve been so focused on potty training my three-year-old son that I forgot the many ways diapers make life easier. Peter’s made serious progress on the potty. He spends […]
Dad Gets a Pass
A moment of roughhousing leads to revelation about moms and dads Scottish Terriers present a unique challenge when training. The basic dog-training methods of rewarding good behavior and scolding bad behavior don’t necessarily apply. Instead, Scotties need to think that […]
Slumberless slumber party
Late-night play date provides all the fun of a sleepover without the actual sleep I wouldn’t feel comfortable dropping my four-year-old son at a friend’s house to spend the night. It’s not that Bubba couldn’t handle an overnight stay. Sleepovers […]