Daddy Rules

Lawrence: a great place to have a baby

This, sadly, will be my last Daddy Rules column. Ironically, my writing a farewell column at this time has a lot to do with the fact that I am a new parent. Right around the time I got the job at the Journal-World, in early 2013, I found out my fiancee, Jessica, and I were expecting our ...

New dads need support, too

Fatherhood has never been easy. But with all the societal pressures of today, is it more difficult now than it's ever been? Carrie Wendel-Hummell, a doctoral candidate at Kansas University, sheds some light on this question with her recent research study into the effects cultural stressors ...

Endless worries accompany parenthood

In the cold light of day, I can get away with calling it a penchant for planning, or on rare occasions when things go right for my fantasy football team, prognostication. But if we call it what it really is—worrying—I don’t have to be modest. I’m a prodigy, and for me having kids was ...

Your kids are what you eat

Show me a picky eater and I'll show you someone whose parents were picky eaters. One thing I've tried avoid during the first 11 months of my daughter's life has been making healthy foods seem weird or like a punishment of some kind. I believe parents who say things like, "Eat your vegetables ...

9 ways to protect your child’s vision health

My 10-month-old daughter just will not keep her sunglasses on. That's not surprising — given that she's 10 months old — but all the same I'd really like to protect her vision when we go for walks on hot summer days and the sun is beating down on us. Since I'm worried about this, I ...

Are smartphones a gift or a curse for parents?

Parents, how many times has this happened to you? Your child is doing something adorable — laughing hysterically, fully in the moment — when, instead of savoring this completely organic occasion, you … search for your cellphone. You feel your pocket, look on your coffee table, ...

The perfect park for parents

What makes a great park? As new father, I'd say it's a place with enough activities to keep your kid busy that also has something to entertain the adults. Lawrence's Deerfield Park is that and more. With a daughter who's almost a year old, and a need for her mother and me to get more ...

READ TO YOUR KID!

You hear a lot of advice as a new parent. To keep your sanity, you willfully forget most of it. It's the recommendations you hear over and over again that tend to make it through the clutter. And if there's one that's been pounded into my head in my first nine months of parenthood, it's ...

Want your parents to love you even more? Make them grandparents

Since this week's WellCommons has a "mature living" theme, I thought I would focus this week's column on two of the more mature people I know: my parents. To be honest, I can't remember the last time they were this thrilled with me. And I know it has everything with do with my beautiful, ...

Babies don’t stay babies for long

Babies grow fast. That point seems pretty apparent, but when you're around your daughter every day, like I am, it can sometimes be difficult to notice. "Is she getting bigger?" her mother asked on a recent day. She's around our daughter more than I am, so I forgave her for posing such an ...

Introducing … Daddy Rules

In honor of having recently celebrated my first Father's Day as, well, a father, I'm launching my new parenting blog. Because, of course, I'm already an expert in the field. The blog is called Daddy Rules, as I will try to provide rules for fellow dads to live by. Also, because as a dad to an ...