When my son was 3 weeks old, I was approached by an elderly woman in the local supermarket. She looked at the child sleeping in the sling I was wearing and said "Oh he's a boy. Know how I know? His shirt is blue." I cringed. My response, "we put him in pink too, that's … Continue reading “Are You Having a Boy or Girl?”
The child of an Anglican priest, I was raised in the church. During the 1990's, we were involved in the charismatic movement. That was a time of great popularity for Graham Kendrick and the 'March For Jesus,' for those familiar with the 'Jesus freak' movements that really hit their stride in the 70's. As a … Continue reading Decisions Decisions: Religion?
** As a progressive Dad, I am a breastfeeding advocate. I also believe in education and informed choices, however, and the opinions expressed here may differ greatly from the experiences of others. This is not an attempt to "mansplain" anything either, my opinion is get the information and choose for yourself. My wife and I … Continue reading Breastmilk, Formula, and Good Parents
It occurred to me that my first Progressive Dad post may have come across as playing the victim. To refresh, I said that stereotypes characterizing Dads as "lovable idiots" are obstacles to us being taken seriously as parents. I complained that Dads are often referred to as "babysitters." I made my view clear that Dads … Continue reading Changing the Stigmas
My wife and I are parents to a 15 year-old and an infant who was born on Boxing Day 2016. Our teenager's story is long, better suited to a later post, but we became his permanent home on his 12th birthday. It's a bit of an age gap, but such is life when blended families … Continue reading Swallow that Pride and Accept Help
I'm not sure that new parents are ever quite aware of what awaits them when baby arrives. Children completely change your life, and for the first while it's really hard. There are feedings at whatever time of day or night your baby decides he/she is hungry, frequent crying and need for constant attention. Diaper changes … Continue reading Dear Dads
Dear reader: The majority of what you read here may seem heteronormative. This is not intentional, it's just a result of my particular life experience. My wife and I are both advocates for, and members of, the LGBTQ+ community; but express in relatively traditional ways. As a passionately involved parent, and as someone who cares … Continue reading This Is My Journey