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Dirty Diaper Blowouts and Ueber Parent Syndrome

Dirty Diaper Blowouts and Ueber Parent Syndrome...

“You haven’t experienced parenthood until you’ve had to cut a onesy off your baby,” explained a friend. I nodded, not thinking much of the comment – ok, so his kid has some abnormal bowel movements permeating through the diaper and soiling the baby’s outer garment. My wife and I did not have kids at the time and just thought it was some strange, mildly gross problem that our friend...
TV Review: Jack’s Big Music Show

TV Review: Jack’s Big Music Show...

Jack’s Big Music Show is an often forgotten and underestimated show currently in syndication on Nick Jr. most weekdays and weekends. From the research I’ve found on various sites, the show was produced between 2005 to 2007 and is not currently in active production, which is upsetting because this happens to be one of my daughter’s favorite shows. The format of the show is relatively standard –...
Vasectomy Diary – Part 1

Vasectomy Diary – Part 1...

Like many couples, my wife and I have tried a number of contraceptives, from condoms to IUD’s (Intra-Uterine Device), but each had some side effect attached with it. After our experiences with pregnancy and that we have 2 children, my wife and I decided that the time was right for us to explore other methods of birth control – the more permanent type. We looked into a tubal-ligation, but decided against it...
Lascal Kiddy Guard Retractable Safety Gate

Lascal Kiddy Guard Retractable Safety Gate...

Product Review: The Lascal Kiddy Guard Retractable Safety Gate Summary: The Kiddy Guard Retractable Safety Gate from Lascal is an extremely innovative and space-saving child gate, but the complexity of operating the locking mechanism and the noise made as the gate retracts may be a deal-breaker for some consumers. Baby or child-proofing the house is an exercise we all go through within the first few years of parenthood...
Dealing with the Death of a Child

Dealing with the Death of a Child...

I decided to write this personal story of loss because there are many who have had similar experiences, know someone, or have friends who have lost a child and can relate to the feelings we felt. My hope is that this can help those of you who have experienced a terrible loss. After we were married a few months, my wife and I were hoping to start our family. We were both in our early thirties in good health and were...
Traveling With Tykes – Sanity for yourself and your fellow passengers

Traveling With Tykes – Sanity for yourself a...

This year marked a milestone for our family. It was the first time we packed up and headed on a proper family vacation. Well, I wouldn’t say “proper”, proper to me would be driving a few days to the Black Hills complete with endless “are we there yet” banter. Instead, we planned a trip to Florida and Florida is several thousand miles away from where we live, so driving was out of the question....
Fatherly Compromise: Yo Gabba Gabba vs. Olympic Hockey

Fatherly Compromise: Yo Gabba Gabba vs. Olympic Ho...

Even if you’re not the biggest hockey fan in the world, the gold medal game in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics was a big deal – USA vs. Canada.  So much of Canada’s identity and pride is based on hockey, and the USA team already upset Canada once in the Olympic tournament.  The stars aligned for them to rematch in the final game to decide who takes home the gold.  This turned out to be one of...
Benchmarking Your Child’s Speech Development – Q&A with Jaime Kosinski, Speech & Language Pathologist

Benchmarking Your Child’s Speech Development...

Jaime Kosinski, Speech & Language Pathologist FunctionalFather.com is happy to feature a multi-part Q&A session on childhood speech development with a personal friend to the site, Jaime Kosinski, Speech & Language Pathologist.  The Q&A exchange was originally intended for a single posting, but the first question in the thread warranted a lengthy response and became an excellent resource on its own.  Here...
The Art of Toddler Negotiation

The Art of Toddler Negotiation...

At the time of this posting my daughter just turned 2 years old and she is fully embracing the “terrible 2″ phase. It’s almost like she was reading a magazine article written by another toddler that inspired her to begin consistently using the word “No”, refusing to eat or drink things that she normally loves, disobeying every command and reprimand given by her parents, and fighting like...
Hemangioma Q&A with Dr. Gregory Levitin

Hemangioma Q&A with Dr. Gregory Levitin...

Dr. Gregory Levitin After writing a recent post about my daughter’s hemangioma and the approach my wife and I plan to take, an internationally recognized physician and specialist in hemangiomas and vascular malformations, Dr. Gregory Levitin, read the article and made a comment about laser treatment.  I asked Dr. Levitin if he would be willing to engage in an online Q&A session about hemangiomas and treatment...

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