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What Kids Want in a Babysitter

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I think it’s fair to say that when it comes to babysitters, most kids would rather just have mom and dad stay at home. That is unless you find that rare gem of a babysitter—the one your kids adore, beg to have them come, and can’t wait for you to leave. However, these gems can be hard to find. With years of finding babysitters for my 7 kids, I’ve had my share of finding that modern day Mary Poppins. To help with the search, here are a few key things kids are actually wanting (whether they know it or not) in that perfect babysitter. Read More »

10 Secrets Every New Dad Needs to Know

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The birth of your first baby equates to the birth of a new you—the new dad! As most of the attention is on mom during the nine month preparation period, dad often gets left behind in learning about and preparing for his new life. Having a family, and the birth of your first child, will forever change your lifestyle, environment, and thought process. Dads need to be prepared to embrace this change. Trust me, the rewards will be plentiful. Just wait until your new baby smiles at you for the first time—or the first time they call you dad! Read More »

3 Reasons Why You Don’t Need to Be the Perfect Parent

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Every parent strives to be a “perfect parent,” but it’s just not a realistic goal and you’ll make yourself crazy trying to attain the unattainable, Perfect Parent Status. Instead, strive to do your best and try to be a great parent – mistakes and all! Just in case you’re not sold on the idea of lowering the bar (ever so slightly), I’ve compiled a list of three reasons why being the perfect parent is overrated. Read More »

A Gentleman’s Guide to Grooming

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Listen up, fellas. Women are tired of taking your grooming habits on as a project, so do them a favor and assume the responsibility with our helpful guide to grooming. No matter how busy your schedule, fitting these routines into your daily life is a must! From ridding yourself of overgrown hair to mastering the art of a manicure, here’s what needs to be on your grooming to-do list. Read More »

The Three C’s of Father’s Day Gift-Giving

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Psst…we’ve got a little secret we want to share with you about Father’s Day. No matter how grateful they may seem, dads don’t want a tie on their special day. Nor do they want anything that reminds them they have to go back to the office on Monday. That includes fountain pens, coffee mugs, picture frames, brief cases and yes, neckties. Read More »

Summertime Fun With Your Kids

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As summer break quickly approaches, moms and dads, grandparents, and caregivers everywhere are getting nervous brainstorming ideas for fun and inexpensive ways to keep kids busy all summer long. Over my many years of parenting, I’ve learned a few things about kids and summer fun. First, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to have fun with your kids. Secondly, it usually involves something you can find in your own home. Kids really do enjoy the simplest of activities, especially when they get to do with you. Here are a few tried and true activities I’ve enjoyed with my kids through the years Read More »