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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 Walking Dead and the Challenges of Fatherhood

The Walking Dead and the Challenges of Fatherhood

The Walking Dead and the Challenges of Fatherhood I have a soft spot for zombies.  Well, maybe not for actual not-living, not-breathing, abominations of nature, real or imagined.  It is probably more accurate to say I have a soft spot for the zombie genre. If I were to analyze my love of the genre, I guess it would have something to do with the survivalist, societal, and human themes involved with a zombie apocalypse and the collapse of … Read entire article »

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Missouri State Veterans Photos

Missouri State Veterans Photos

Missouri State Veterans Photos I may have mentioned on the blog before, but I made a very tough decision last August to take a break from my career field in government intelligence and security work to go back to college.  As a family on a single income with two children, a dog, and  a house, it has been stressful but at times very rewarding.  I currently attend Missouri State and a few student veterans there as … 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 »

Filed under: Family/Life, My Family, Random Thoughts

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

Daddy, my friend doesn’t want to play with me

Daddy, my friend doesn’t want to play with me

Yesterday after school yesterday, I asked my oldest son how his day went.  He is only two weeks into kindergarten, so I honestly didn’t know what to expect for a reply.  He didn’t skip a beat when he told me that his recess buddy for the past two weeks, a child he knew in preschool, didn’t want to play with him that day on the playground. He didn’t seem concerned about it, so I left it … Read entire article »

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Guest Feature: Naked and Locked in the Dungeon!? Is my Child’s Innocence Gone?

Guest Feature:  Naked and Locked in the Dungeon!? Is my Child’s Innocence Gone?

Note from Real Men, Real Dads: One of the best aspects of building a blog for real men and real dads is that I get to meet real men and real dads.  One of the men I’ve had the pleasure of connecting with through my blog is Karl Hadland of  New Age Dads.  This post was originally posted by Karl on his blog at the following address: http://www.newagedads.com/karlscorner/naked-and-locked-in-the-dungeon-is-my-childs-innocence-gone It is one of those “real” situations that we … Read entire article »

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