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Perspective is as True as it is Cliché

Perspective is as True as it is Cliché

This morning I was inspired to ride my bike to work. In fact, I was inspired to bike with Cam and Graham to school first, and then ride my bike to work. The inspiration began as I lay in bed, giving half an ear to the kids playing in the livingroom and to Maddy “talking” from her crib while the sun streamed in from the window to tell me it was going to be a fantastic spring day. Such a glorious feeling waking…

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Coercing Kids with Hell

Coercing Kids with Hell

It’s been 3 months since my last post. Flip. My whole purpose in creating this inciting incident was to start writing more frequently and consistently. It’s hard. Let me tell you: it’s hard. But I won’t give up. It’s 2014 and a clean slate for starting over. I think rule number 1 is to just not beat yourself up over it. So I haven’t written much in the last while – get over it. I’ll live. Let’s just pick up…

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Feeding Four Year Olds Fear

Feeding Four Year Olds Fear

One of the greatest struggles we have with our four year old is getting him to eat. It hasn’t always been this way. When he was under 3, he would eat anything. It was out of control, really. In fact, there were days where we would just sit there with him and try 10-15 random foods from the fridge just to see what his limits would be. There were none. He ate anything. We were completely fascinated at this willingness…

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My Son is 4.

My Son is 4.

  Cam turned 4 yesterday, which is crazy. The last 4 years have been probably the greatest of my life. Rhonda’s too, I think. He’s going to start school in the fall and so life will go in all sorts of new, predictably unpredictable directions. It’s an exciting time. I was reflecting back to when Cam was born–which is what you do on your kid’s birthday–before the incident in which there may or may not have been a fainting at…

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The Importance of Explaining the Magic of Debit/Credit Cards

The Importance of Explaining the Magic of Debit/Credit Cards

It sounds ridiculous, but I think I take for granted that as a kid, I had a grasp on the reality of things costing money. How much money something cost was a different story, but I definitely had a primitive understanding that if I intended to buy something, I needed to hand over cash. I grasped this fundamental truth of commerce at a young age through watching my parents purchase items. When we were at the store, a toy would…

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