Pirate Ship Treasure Discovered

mamalodeadmin daddy-o

She didn’t feel deprived at all by me not building her the giant pirate ship, I promised … me. All she needed was the security; I would love and take care of her.

Are We Unconsciously Raising Unconscious Kids?

Timothy Almeida Jr. daddy-o

Why is it so hard to carry this awareness with us at all times, and above all else, are we failing to teach our children about presence of mind even without the threat of danger present?

An Ode To Sadness

Adrian Manuel daddy-o

With her tiny hands, she lifts Sadness up towards me in the same way I did when I knelt down and introduced them, the day Sadness became more than just a talking plush doll.

Home, Home

Joseph Medler daddy-o

The challenging moments are frustrating for him and overwhelming for us. But between them, in the interstitials of a very full life, lies endless beauty. 

Pessimism, Optimism and Freeing My Truest Self

Joseph Medler daddy-o

Pessimism is easy it turns out. Not easy to endure, but SO MUCH EASIER to maintain than optimism. Pessimism is cloaked in world-weary, leathery toughness, but it's all an act. It's really just fear dressed up. Now, if you know an optimist that person is a badass. BAD. ASS.

Dear Dad, You’re Doing It All Wrong (A Letter to Myself)

Kelly Flanagan daddy-o

Stop trying to seize every moment. Stop trying to make your children’s lives extraordinary. Instead, allow every ordinary moment to seize you. Your kids’ lives are unfolding one moment at a time, and the thing they want most is also the thing they need most.

The Day the Sprinklers Made Me Hot

Sunshine Dad daddy-o

I've been thinking a lot about that day and how I've been so quick to become frustrated with them lately. I don't like it. I'm going to make a conscientious effort to be more patient and kind with them and to remember that they are just little guys