Dad Reckoning

Cool Acceptance

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When my oldest daughter was born, and even before, I worried about princesses the way people worry about bedbugs. I was afraid that once...

Nesting in Overdrive

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Preparations for the birth of my second daughter led me to an unexpected moment of self-discovery: As I get older, I’m getting craftier. I...

Naming It, Overcoming It

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At not quite 3 years old, my oldest daughter is too young for a conversation about depression. But after the suicides of two beloved...

A Fine Balance

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For my family, this will be the summer of The Second Coming, by which I mean the birth of our second daughter in August. My...

The Unbearable Lengthiness of Bedtime

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If you don’t have — or don’t yet have — children, you might be forgiven for imagining bedtime to be the glorious point in...

What Makes Daddy Run

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No matter how much you enjoy having children, it’s inevitable that you’ll look back enviously at your pre-parenthood life. Maybe not all the time,...

10 Ways I’m Trying to Parent Differently in 2018

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I don’t believe in resolutions, because resolving involves a lot of pressure and commitment. But I believe that I ought to do certain things,...

A Christmas Question

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Christmas approaches, and I’m wrestling with a question to which I can find no clear and satisfying answer: What of Santa Claus? Our daughter is...

Well, She Doesn’t Get It From Me

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An old friend’s recent Facebook post about the anxiety and tears that accompanied her toddler’s first day of daycare was achingly familiar: I felt...

“That’s Not a Toy!”

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I think my wife and I are on the same page about most aspects of raising our daughter, but there is one philosophical schism...