10 Things No One Warned Me About Being a Parent

There was never any doubt in my mind that someday I would be a father.  When my mother asked me years ago how many kids I hoped to have I replied, “A houseful!”  Erin always wanted to be a mother, although I can’t say she had the dream of having a huge brood the way…

Parenting Blog: A Crisis of Parenting

Not long ago my daughter woke up with a stomach bug.  When one of our kids gets sick we have to kick into high gear.  Not only do we have to clean up the mess and comfort the child we also have to scramble to make arrangements to miss work. We have to secure a…

Parenting Blog: Struggling with Infertility: A Prelude to Adoption

*Note:  Our first two foster children’s names have been changed to protect their privacy. I still remember the first time I saw Erin.  It was April 4, 2009.  She wore a blue shirt, khaki capris, and a white cardigan.  I wore a pink shirt, pink sweater, and khaki pants.  In our e-mail the night before I asked…

Parenting Post: 5 Reasons You Need to be a Foster Parent

My wife and I had a bit of a whirlwind romance.  Both of us were in our mid-30’s and we were starting to feel our age.  Neither of us wanted to do the bar scene since we don’t drink and we both hated blind dates (horror stories, anyone??).  So, in December 2008 we both joined…

5 Tried and True Ways to Help Your Child Rediscover the Joy of Reading

All my life I’ve been surrounded by books.  They were my friends, my comfort, my escape.  How could anybody not love a good book?  I credit my mother’s hard work for me reading before I entered kindergarten in 1979.  I remember the teacher assistant calling me to sit on her lap in the rickety, slatted…