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8 Tips to Encourage Independent Play

Since our daughter is an only child, I always just thought that either my wife and I should be playing with her the whole time. I worried that she might feel lonely or feel rejected if I said ‘no’ to a request of hers. It turns out that wasn’t exactly true. By saying ‘yes’ to her every request to play, to get toys out for her, or to otherwise occupy her, we were denying her of the confidence to do things by or for herself. Also, it’s exhausting and we  ...

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Why New Dads Make the Best Employees

Becoming a father has been an incredible experience so far. It’s truly amazing to create a person that finds you simultaneously fascinating, infuriating, hilarious, and nurturing. In addition to my new home-life challenges and constant rewards, my work-life has improved. I’m more focused on my  ...

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Should Mum Always Be Bad Cop?

A theme has developed as part of our ever-changing family dynamic. My wife is the one who administers the medicine while our daughter squirms like an otter. She also seems to be the one blowing baby’s nose, cutting nails, and wrestling to get her curly hair into bunches, which look  ...

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