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

tales from the dad side - dune

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

Tales from the dad side - ninja

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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Is My Toddlers Car Seat Safe for Them?

Is My Toddlers Car Seat Safe for Them? - TFDS

Can you drive anywhere without asking “Is my toddlers car seat safe for them?” My wife is driving down the highway with me in the passenger seat and I happen to look back to see my son almost out of his seat! Now I know I personally tightened the belt snug! (And after 3 kids, I should know how to make sure a care seat is secure!) How the heck is he able to get out of the seat? Well, I found out that he reaches up and loosens the…

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