Hiding Veggies: Cauliflower

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It’s a struggle to get my kids to eat their veggies. That’s a struggle that I know a lot of parents go through. My oldest dislikes veggies in general. If absolutely forced to eat a vegetable he may resort to putting as small a piece as he can in his mouth and then swallowing it with some water, like a pill. My middle child will eat some veggies. Spinach usually isn’t a problem, carrots if they’re raw, sometimes broccoli. The toddler is still pretty good about eating the vegetables I…

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Pumpkin Carving Tool of Choice

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It’s Halloween, which means, among other things, that we carve pumpkins to put out on the front steps. My wife insists on everyone in the house having their own pumpkin. With 5 people in the house, this means that every year I end up carving somewhere between 1 and 5 pumpkins. (This year I did 3.) We’ve gone through our share of pumpkin carving kits, you know the ones. They come with a couple of safety saws that won’t cut your skin, a scraper, and maybe a thingie for tracing…

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Flu Shot Follies

Yesterday I loaded the toddler into the car, picked up the kids from school, and headed to the pediatrician for annual checkups! What fun! You see, my oldest two kids have birthdays that are 4 days apart, so we can double up on things and get a two-fer in for trips to the doctor. (Our pediatrician is almost an hour’s drive away. We moved when my oldest turned 1, but the doctor is so good we’ve kept going back to her rather than find someone closer.) It’s also fall, which…

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Climbing Dunes with Baggage

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File this one under: The Things We do for Our Kids! A week ago we went camping. We’d booked the trip well in advance, figuring that the last weekend in September would be kinda cool (weather wise) and we’d be huddled up in sweatshirts enjoying camp fires and all the fall things that go with that. We couldn’t have been more wrong. We arrived to our campsite with 85F and sunny, crystal clear skies. Aside from everyone being a little hot and sticky, this was fine. The place where we…

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Brushing up on my Ninja Skills

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Over the weekend, about the worst thing I can think of happened. My toddler started climbing out of her crib. We were camping and after I figured she was good and tired, I laid her down in the pack n play and walked out of the tent to sit by the fire ring with the rest of the family. We’ve had the same pack n play for more than a decade and it’s served us well. I can’t remember either of the other two kids climbing out of it, but…

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Sleep is Good for Parents, Duh

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When my son was born, I lost some sleep. Scratch that, when my son was born I lost a shit-ton of sleep. It was so bad that when I finally had to return to work, my coworkers made me go into an empty office to take a nap. Then, on my lunch break that day I ended up sleeping in my car for a while too. I’m pretty sure I ended up taking a lot of naps in my car around that time (I was working two jobs so my…

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Labors of Love

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There are plenty of things dads do for their kids that are labors of love, things that we do for our kids that maybe they don’t really think about or don’t fully appreciate. These are things that we dads (and moms) do because we love our kids and while we don’t expect them to recognize the efforts we make now, we hope that one day in the future they’ll look at it and realize all the effort we put into something on their behalf. These labors of love can take…

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The Most Memorable Homemade Present

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If your kids are anything like mine, you get at least one homemade present every time your birthday or Father’s Day rolls around. It could be a handmade card, a collage, or some kind of little cardboard box. For me, there’s one homemade present that is more memorable than any of the others of I’ve received since. For the purposes of this story the words “homemade” and “present” are taken very loosely. Warning! Things are going to get gross!!! This happened about 10 years ago. I had been a father…

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Father Creates a Home Workout Shared With His Kids Creating Fantastic Bonding Time

Father Creates a Home Workout! OK, there is nothing super exciting about this, people create home workouts all the time. However, what about the father that shares with his family? There are many jobs that prevent spending time with your family. This is true especially during the busier periods of such jobs like a CPA. With this kind of business, when is there time to spend quality family time or time to yourself to do things like working out? Brent Kruithof is this kind of guy. He loves spending time…

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Delicious Italian Dressing that is Good for You!!

My wife and I are always on the lookout for some great food that is not only great tasting, but also isn’t loaded with a bunch of sugar and other preservatives that are not good for you. You know what I mean… the food that can help contribute to Type 2 Diabetes! We are providing way that we can help stay healthy with tips for eating good and exercise tips like our Dissolving the Dad Bod Part 1 and  Dissolving the Dad Bod Part 2 articles. One day, while scanning the net for…

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