Back to School…At Home

Well, it’s that time again! Back to school! It’s glorious right? Well…let’s hope. My kids are homeschooled. For those with questions it means…they go to school at home. See what a good teacher I am. It was a decision the hubs and I came to when our daughter was in kindergarten. She’d attended a private preschool for years and it was lovely but costly. Attending kinder there would be a stretch; especially with little bro soon entering preschool right behind her.

So, we enrolled in our neighborhood school. It had a solid rating, was minutes away, and seemed quite adorable at the Open House. Ummm, long story short, let’s just say, it didn’t work out and we pulled her out after six months. She stayed home the rest of that year and we explored options for first grade. Of the choices we had, we felt continuing on the path of “homeschooling” was where we were called to be, and so the adventure began.

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3 Truths That Help Me Be A Kinder Father

The prehistoric days of Dad’s coming home from work to drink martinis and read the paper are gone. Long gone. I remember TV shows where the Dad barely looked up from his lounge chair as the children said good night. These mythological beings only spoke to scold or reprimand these small creatures who did nothing more than devour the family fortune. Well I got news for you.

These mythological beings are dead. Now is the dawn of a new day. The dawn of the “kind dad”. The false ideology of discipline and toughness has been completely disproven by little things like research and studies. There is zero evidence that yelling, beating or bullying a child creates a long term benefit to the adult version of that child. Truth is, kids are sort of like puppies. You can yell at them all you want but they dont actually understand what is happening.

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Get Your Hands Dirty: How to Start a Family Garden

Starting a family garden can be a fun and rewarding experience for everyone involved. There are a lot of benefits to starting a family garden, not only does it provide a great opportunity to spend time outdoors and learn about nature, but it also allows us to grow our own fresh produce and herbs. Whether you have a large backyard or just a small balcony, there are plenty of ways to get started.

Watering is an essential part of maintaining a healthy garden. We recommend watering your plants deeply once or twice a week, depending on the weather and the type of plants you have. You can use a watering can or a hose with a spray nozzle to water your plants. Fertilizing is also important to help your plants grow and produce healthy fruits and vegetables. You can use organic or synthetic fertilizers, following the instructions on the package for the type of plants you have. If you have a mixed vegetable garden and are unsure about the nutrients in your soil ( not doing a soil test every year), a triple 12 fertilizer could be a good start for your vegetable garden.

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5 Secrets to a Happy Life via Happy Wife

A bunch of comedians you single men are. When I say I can’t go watch the game at Hooters on a Tuesday night and your response is “Happy wife, happy life huh?” the answer is “yes homie”. It’s not whether or not she would be happy or unhappy.  It’s all about how you go about it. I went out for a couple of my friends birthdays last week. We stayed out until one in the morning playing Sega Grand Prix at Dave and Busters. Not only was my wife cool with it she encouraged me to go.

After years of immaturity I have finally learned that before I roll out with my dad swagger, it’s in everyone’s best interests that I make sure the house is correct and she is taken care of.   Does that mean I clean the house before I got out?  Maybe, I do whatever is helpful in getting the atmosphere in my house “correct” before I leave it.  Once my wife and my kids are good, deuces, I’m out. Old married guys tried telling me when I was a 24yr old kid recently engaged and floating on euphoric dreams of sex and vacations that getting married is unlike anything else on Earth.

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