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46 things I wish I knew as an expectant father

Posted by Kip Durney February 28, 2014 04:33 PM

When I first became a dad, I had absolutely no clue what I was doing or what I was in for. In fact, there are some who would argue I'm not in a better place now after 7 1/2 years either but that's another story altogether and for another time.

Having your first child (or children in my case) is as overwhelming as it is exciting. There is no rule or instruction book that comes with each baby. And while most of parenting comes from trial and error and is customized to each wonderfully unique baby, there are some things that I wish I had known back then that would have spared me some anxiety and growing pains.

So I offer to you 46 morsels of expectant dad advice that hopefully will keep you just a little bit more sane than you may have been without it.

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Kids can change the world

Posted by Kip Durney February 25, 2014 08:55 PM

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” - Socrates

Change. Some of us embrace it while others fear it. Change comes easily for some but for others, it’s a slow and painful process. Generally speaking, kids do better with change. More importantly, kids want to and believe they can change the world.

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7 reasons why every kid should have a dog

Posted by Kip Durney February 22, 2014 08:53 AM

For most of my life, I’ve almost always had a dog, cat, or both. In fact, when there isn’t an animal around, I can’t help but feel that something is missing. All animals, but in particular dogs, hold a special place in my heart. Over the years, they have taught me about love, compassion, forgiveness, loyalty, and the finer art of stick fetching. In truth, they have taught me to be a better person overall and now, as a parent, I recognize even more ways how our four-legged friends enrich the lives of my children.

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Girl's Best Friend

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The 'richest guys on Earth'

Posted by Kip Durney January 31, 2014 03:22 PM

I've often been critical of brands and their stereotypical portrayal of lazy dads who don't care about being a good parent. They too often send a message that the majority of us dads would rather not participate in raising our children because it's hard, because it's inconvenient, and because we can easily get our wives or someone else to do the hard stuff.

Times are changing.

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Portland: a parent's weekend get-away

Posted by Kip Durney January 28, 2014 05:07 PM

Last weekend, the long weekend, my wife and I had the unique opportunity to escape for a few days alone - sans children. Of course it’s always hard to leave your kids for any period of time as you perpetually worry about them but sometimes you just need to re-charge the batteries and remember ‘your everything.’

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Be good parents: brainwash

Posted by Kip Durney January 17, 2014 12:51 PM

As parents, it is our job to protect, educate, and provide the tools necessary for our children in order for them to thrive and develop their own ideas, desires, and opinions. We do what we can to not just give the answers they so desperately seek, but rather to provide them with a path to find out for themselves.

Except when it comes to football.

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Open letter to my daughters

Posted by Kip Durney January 9, 2014 11:34 AM

A&Z,

I have sat down for the past several months trying to write this letter to you both but have not been able to find the words. I wrote Open Letter to My Son with relative ease so I have been perplexed as to why I have had such a hard time writing to you.

Until today.

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Plan for success in 2014

Posted by Kip Durney December 30, 2013 03:02 PM

It’s hard to believe it’s almost 2014. While many of you may look back fondly on this past year, many more may be ready to kick 2013 to the curb and start over with a clean slate. Regardless of which group you fall into, I find it helpful to take stock of my life this time of year. What worked? What didn’t work? What could I have done better? What did I accomplish?

Did I succeed? If not, how come? How can I plan for success next year?

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Times are a-changin': dads' new role

Posted by Kip Durney December 23, 2013 02:13 PM

Are dads more involved today with taking care of their kids than they were say, 10 years ago? The latest survey by the National Center for Health Statistics says, YES!!

While I do take some issue with the survey (mostly due to the fact the findings were self-reported and I know that we [guys] tend to exaggerate just about everything), but generally speaking, I couldn't agree more or be more pleased with the results.

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10 tips to keep your sanity this holiday season

Posted by Kip Durney December 15, 2013 05:37 PM

Ring any bells?

Being a parent is a without a doubt a precious gift but it’s also the most difficult job I've ever had. In particular, these past few months have been enormously stressful for my wife and me, as we’ve again been presented with some of life’s parenting challenges.

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About Tubalub

Tubalub is written by Kip Durney who lives on the North Shore of Boston with his wife, three kids (including identical twin girls), and a very excitable yellow lab. When More »
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