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Thoughts on being a one income family (single income family)…

Thoughts on being a one income family (single income family)…

Thoughts on being a one income family (single income family)… Our family has survived on a single income for its entire existence (8 years and counting).  For the longest time, I thought this meant me simply working one job.  I’ve since matured financially to understand that you should never be a one-income family, even if only one person is working at a single job. A recent study by Families and Work Institute shows that 79 percent of … Read entire article »

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The kind of thing that sneaks up on you…

The kind of thing that sneaks up on you… Yesterday, as finals approached and research papers were coming due, something else was sneaking up on me.  There were no scary boogeymen or, since summer is upon us, no creepy, crawly bugs.  No, this was something I should have seen coming a long time ago but I have been self absorbed. There are other people’s kids in my house all the time now. Jalen is six years old and finishing up his kindergarten year.  He’s made more friends in the last year than I think he has made in all previous years of his life combined.  When he has a birthday party now, strange people and their children are here.  When the weekend arrives, there are neighbor kids here. It happened gradually over time, … Read entire article »

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How Halo Made Me a Better Parent

How Halo Made Me a Better Parent

How Halo Made Me a Better Parent Being a parent isn’t a cakewalk. It can be overwhelming, nerve wracking, frustrating and even dangerous. However, once you learn the rules of engagement, being a parent can be deeply satisfying. My own parents were constantly in my face; shoving parenting books and how-to manuals into my hands. My wife, of course, accepted these books with gratitude, but not me. I relied upon another source of truth and wisdom, … Read entire article »

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10 tips on leadership throughout fatherhood

10 tips on leadership throughout fatherhood

10 tips on leadership throughout fatherhood Fatherhood can be a daunting process. You are now responsible for another human being, there won’t be a weekend ritual of going out with your friends and waking up the next day to a delightful hangover, from now on it is nappies, bottles and late-nights with lack of sleep. One of the biggest worries that new father’s have is how to lead their child through life, bring them up and … Read entire article »

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My Priorities as a Dad

My Priorities as a Dad

I returned from Iraq nearly eight months ago.  A week ago I looked back at the time that has passed and realized that although my life is different than it was before, I’ve allowed myself to be bogged down and busy just for the sake of being busy.  Work for work’s sake.  This steals time away from my wife and children, and it definitely gives my happiness and satisfaction a slow-bleeding wound. I realized last week … Read entire article »

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My Son is a Diabetic: Part 2

My Son is a Diabetic: Part 2

My son is a Diabetic Part 2     Being a father when your child is healthy is difficult enough, but when a child has a disease, illness, or disorder, it can be overwhelming.  My oldest son, Jalen, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in March 2011 in addition to a blood disorder (Idiopathic Thombocytopenic Purpura, or ITP for short) in May 2009.  From all accounts, neither disease/disorder has anything to do with what I or my wife have or … Read entire article »

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Childhood Illness and Parental PTSD

Childhood Illness and Parental PTSD

      In my constant search for more information and better solutions to my son’s diabetic problems and blood disorder, I stumbled across an informative article at Daddy Types that can be found at the bottom of the page under “Inspirations and Resources”. The article covers Parental PTSD and how an illness in children affects their parents. It was a great read, and the topic has shed some light on my situation as a father. It’s … Read entire article »

Filed under: Family/Life, Featured, My Son has ITP, My Son is a Diabetic

Real Men Wear Pink

Real Men Wear Pink

      I’ve heard it said in various ways that “real men wear pink”. Frankly, I can’t see myself wearing pink… does that make me less of a man? No. It’s not an insecurity thing, it’s a preference. I’ve seen plenty of dudes that can rock pink and not look like tools, but I just don’t think I’d be one of them. Real men do not wear a certain color. Real men … Read entire article »

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His First Day of School

His First Day of School

      It has happened.  My first child has entered the public school system.  I am terrified. We’ve met the school nurse and the teacher.  We’ve been to the open house and viewed his classroom.  It doesn’t make any of this any easier. My wife and I have done all that we can to prepare him for this big step forward in his life, and now we will not be the main influence in his life.  Other kids will … Read entire article »

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Josh’s Story with Real Men, Real Dads

Josh’s Story with Real Men, Real Dads

  A little over seven years ago, I was a soldier in the U.S. Army. I had recently returned from a combat deployment to Iraq and immediately married my girlfriend, who had stuck by me for my entire year away. I had a lot of adjusting that needed to be done. I wasn’t ready for the fact that the world kept moving while my life had altered tremendously. There were no support … Read entire article »

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