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ABORT PROTESTERS
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My wife and I had to make a heart-wrenching decision to terminate our pregnancy at 16 weeks due to a rare congenital fetal anomaly. When we went to have the procedure done we were met by screaming pro-life protesters. I caught it on video.

 

COLD WEATHER, HEATING BILLS, AND WHY NEW ENGLANDERS ARE NUTS

When the colder weather hits New England, a war heats up in households across the region and one question looms over everything — when should we turn on the heat? The answer is always “as late as possible.” Read about why New Englanders are nuts.

 

19 LIES PARENTS TELL THEIR KIDS

fingerscrossedI’m a good parent. And I lie to my kids. The lying isn’t what makes me a good parent, but it doesn’t automatically mean I’m a bad one either. Because you lie to your kids too. I know you do. And if you say you don’t, you’re a dirty goddamned liar.

Here are 19 of the most common lies we tell our kids.

13 THINGS NEVER TO SAY TO A PREGNANT WOMAN
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Knowing how to handle pregnant women is an obstacle for many men who have never gone through it before. As a grizzled veteran of dealing with the knocked up, here are 13 things you should never, EVER, say to a woman who is expecting.

 

IT’S TIME TO STOP TREATING DADS LIKE IDIOTS
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Sure it’s just a onsie and lots of people told me to lighten up and get a sense of humor. But if anything is going to change for fathers, it has to become unacceptable to take unwarranted potshots at them. Moms would have a fit over something like this, so dads shouldn’t stand for it either.

PLEASE COME BACK TO ME
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After our first son was born, my wife’s postpartum depression collided with her bipolar disorder. It tested the strength of our marriage and forced us to work harder than ever. This is the plea for the return of the woman I love.

WHY I LET MY SON FALL & FAIL
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Everyone is free to parent however they wish. But when one pushy playground mom stepped on my toes for no good reason, I showed her why it’s OK to let kids fall — and even fail.

 

PHIL ROBERTSON, DUCK DYNASTY, AND WHY THIS IS NOT A FREE SPEECH ISSUE

robertsonThe one thing that is crystal clear to me in the wake of this whole Duck Dynasty flap (flap…ducks…get it??) is some people in this country have a completely misguided view of the First Amendment.

 

GENDER MATTERS: NOW MY SON WON’T PLAY WITH “GIRL TOYS”

boys_girlsMy son LOVED the movie “Frozen.” He left the theater singing the songs and wouldn’t stop for days. Right up until another dad told him it’s a girl movie and boys wouldn’t have any interest in it. I think it’s time we realize movies are just movies, toys are just toys, and all this gender norm crap needs to stop.

7 REASONS NOT TO FIND OUT THE SEX OF THE BABY

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Look, it doesn’t really matter whether you’re waiting until the delivery to find out the sex or if you found out at the 18-week ultrasound. Either way it’s a great surprise. But for us, we felt not knowing for 9 months and then finding out on the big day was a little extra special. And here’s why.

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  1. I came over to your corner of this wonderfully wide wife from HuffPo. I was looking for some humor (and your 11 parents on Facebook was fabulous) when I decided to read the most popular of your posts. Wow. I couldn’t be more stoked about the response/action you took against those protesters. But there is a reason:

    At 16 I was raped. That in itself is devastating emotionally, physically, and really shatters a developing woman’s sense of self. Two months later (and still no period) my mother brings me a pregnancy test (on my 17th birthday, December 20). It was positive. I thought about my choices. Adoption? I couldn’t face the child when he or she wanted to look me up. How does one tenderly say, “you are the product of rape. You are half a vile human being in my eyes.” For that reason, I couldn’t keep the baby. I was in no mental shape to care for myself at that time–let alone a pregnancy.

    So two days after Christmas my mother takes me to a clinic. The whole experience was terrible–and did nothing but magnify my feeling of being victimized.

    As I sat in the waiting room, there were numerous people. A couple in front of me were holding each other and crying. Down the row a woman said it was her sixth abortion. I strongly and 100 percent believe in a woman’s right to choose. I don’t think it should be used as birth control however.

    For the whole of human history, pregnancy has been used as a form of control (think the mentality of “keeping a woman barefoot and pregnant”) so to change one of the most powerful weapons in the male society’s arsenal, of course friction will happen. But I will never understand how God got called into this. Where was God when I was being raped? Oh yeah… that whole “free will” crap. So if one forces his will on another, does the rights if the offended get squashed because free will doesn’t count for us pregnant gals?

    I only wish I had someone with me that day to support me the way you supported your wife. (Mom has always been a bit emotionally stunted.)

    Thanks again from all us women,
    Signed–Someone who is pro life–from birth to death (play on concepts apparently)

  2. Sarah: Wow. I mean…I don’t even know what to say.

    I’m so sorry about what you went through and the thought of anybody judging you or making your life more difficult on that day makes me ill. And damn hear homicidal. No one should have to endure that kind of horror on top of horror, and I can only hope you’ve been able to move on the best you can.

    Thanks for checking out the site and for talking about this. It’s more important and meaningful than I can express.
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  3. I’m so sorry for the loss of your daughter, and the abuse you and your wife suffered when performing one of your last parental duties to your daughter. I can’t begin to imagine the lain upon hearing the diagnosis, the agony of looking over your choices, then the hate shown to you. Please know that not all who are Christian condone what these women did and said to you; there are a lot who don’t condemn. I can’t really say where I stand cause each case, like yours, is unique. All I can say is your wife and yourself made an impossible but necessary decision. And I applaud you for keeping your cool and delivering your side the way you did. I would not have been so collected.

  4. Hey Aaron!

    Firstly, great blog. I read your “13 things” article on Huffington Post and was totally…well…a mixture of emotions, but mostly relieved.

    I know it’s my girlfriend that is physically carrying our baby and that all these physical and emotional changes are daunting for her, but the amount of support, information and words of advice for her is almost never ending!

    She is 20 weeks now and everything is going great. However, there has been something niggling at me in the back of my mind for the latter part of this journey so far…

    Why isn’t she finding my immature fun poking funny anymore? Does this mean she’s regretting this decision to carry my baby? Why aren’t my usual “moves” working? Is it because I’ve put on a few pounds?? Why is she shouting at me for asking if everything’s okay?

    Despite constant reassurance from my girlfriend (through gritted teeth). It’s not really helped my worries, but reading your article was like being it by a tsunami of relief, calm and realisation that everything is “normal” and going to be okay!!

    So, thank you! Thank you so so much for putting this out there. I now follow you on Facebook and am reading through your website. You have also inspired me to start something over here in the UK for expectant fathers, starting with my own blog. Please check it out and see what you think!

    This is a real life changing time for a first time father and the more people out there in the same situation that read things like this, the easier it becomes…just to know that you are not alone helps massively!!

    So thanks again dude, much appreciated!!

    Take care

    Michael
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  5. Hey Michael,

    Thanks so much for that comment. Honestly, it sounds cliche but I really love knowing something I wrote helped someone — even if it was just a little. That’s how I felt when I started reading dad blogs six years ago and it was why I started my own. Good luck with yours. Let me know when it’s up and running and I’ll give it a plug.
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  6. Hi ive just read your 13 things regarding a pregnant wife im 27 and my fiance is 22 and i just want to say thank you for making me laugh whilst the moody mother fucker sleeps next to me

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