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Alex Walker Wrestler -- Complete and Utter Badassery Overmatched

Overmatched: The Parallels Between Parenting and High School Wrestling

It was my senior year in high school, I weighed 130 pounds, and I was ready to kick some ass. Over the past two years I had developed into a pretty good wrestler — I had one all-conference selection to go with an ever-improving win-loss record.  But this was my senior year.  I was ready to […]

Luke Struve with Baby

The Anti-Man Date: Devolving to Our Natural Selves

I have the self-discipline of a four-month-old. My exercise regimens tend to be measured in minutes rather than months.  The other day, I put a fried egg on my roast beef sandwich…just because.  In college, I failed 26 classes because I “didn’t feel like going” (highlighted by one instance in which I skipped a class […]

Crazy New Walker Family Second Child

Having a Second Kid: Dead End to Easy Street for Dads

On Father’s Day 2010, my wife handed me a simple card. Other than the requisite, “Happy Father’s Day” there were no words, no extravagant illustrations. There was nothing to suggest this card was any more significant than the dozens of other cards I’d received over the years. Inside though, was an image that would be […]

Grace Cross-Eyed Personality

Personality Disorders: Giving Your Kids the Very Best (And Worst) Of You

When I was growing up, the oldest of four loud, energetic boys in my parents’ home, dinnertime was always a magical time. Any by magical I mean maniacal. My mom would try to cultivate a nice, normal family dinner environment that I would invariably ruin by making my brothers laugh until they spit up their […]

Wilderness Walkabout Cooper Kit

Wilderness Walkabout Review

Disclosure: Cooper & Kid provided me with a Wilderness Walkabout Cooper Kit. All opinions are my own.  Sometimes in life, things just happen at the right time. A tax refund comes in when you’re low on grocery money. Your mother-in-law calls just as your wife is about to yell at you for (fill in the […]

Shane Dunn Family

Burying Birdies with Balance

I believe the game of golf was created to make otherwise well-adjusted, contented people suffer in agonizing ways only they could possibly foist upon themselves. Back in college, my friends and I would occasionally play the local nine-hole course that cost five bucks for a round. It was just another in an endless list of […]

David Leeds being used by Freddy as an iPad stand.

Playdates: Sex Optional

“I’m having a party this Thursday, five P.M.” she began. “My kids will be gone and you’re all invited to join me for drinks.” “Alex, I guess you can come too…if you’d be comfortable with it.” It was the least welcoming invitation I’d ever received, to join this group of fellow Early Childhood Family Education […]

Eating Bugs: Cooper Kit Review

The Cooper Kit Review: A Mind-Buggling Introduction

(In my best infomercial voice) Are you a father too busy to come up with activities to do with your kids?! Are you a stay-at-home dad looking for something fresh and new to try out with your youngsters?! Are you estranged from your family and hoping to reconnect, but can’t find that perfect activity to bond […]

Jake Sturgis and Boys: a truely thoughtful parent

Becoming a Thoughtful Parent: It’s Okay to Have a Cow

“Like all parents, my husband and I just do the best we can, and hold our breath, and hope we’ve set aside enough money to pay for our kids’ therapy.” – Michelle Pfeiffer My daughter used to be an angel.  Literally. When her Sunday School teacher came up to me and said Grace had been […]

Jason Rice Kids Ethan and Seraphina

Bonding Over Babies Over Beer (When Your Friends Finally “Get It”)

“Before I got married I had six theories about raising children; now, I have six children and no theories.”  ― John Wilmot When you’re a dad bringing your first child home from the hospital, you immediately become the least interesting person in the world. Of course, you don’t realize this, so life is wonderful and bubbly […]

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