The 10 things strangers ask about my twins

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With twins, complete strangers often approach me with completely random questions. Things normally sane people would otherwise never ask me seem to just pop out of their mouths before they can think. Something about twins makes people forget their filter or to think about what they will say next before they do so. It happens often in daily life, but on vacation it seems I can’t go ten feet without being stopped for questions. On […]

United nearly ruined our first vacation with twins

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On July 24th, fresh off of a fantastic vacation in Norway, we were supposed to return home on United flight 71. Little did we know that we’d only be home almost 48 hours later, including over 5 hours on planes that never moved. If it weren’t for the incredible vacation we had just had with our twins, their first time out of the country, the whole thing might have been ruined. Traveling with one-year-old twins […]

I took my 1-year-old twins to Norway. Here’s what I learned.

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Can a cruise ship run out of rolls? Our one-year-old twins did their best to find out. We took our twin boys to Norway to celebrate their birthdays, their Scandinavian heritage, and to get them traveling. Travel has been such a huge part of my life as well as my wife’s that we wanted to cultivate the same passion in our boys from an early age. We chose a cruise to Norway because we thought […]

What kind of father do I want to be?

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The middle of June is a time for reflection and looking forward for me. Our twins’ birthday, Father’s Day, and my own birthday all come within two short weeks, leaving several days to not only look back at the past year, but think about what the next will bring as well. This year, with the boys’ first birthday and my second Father’s Day – the first was after three days of being a father last […]

The 10 ways I’m showing my boys what a real man does

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It’s all too often we tell our young boys to “man up” or to “be a man” when things aren’t going their way. While this isn’t intended to be detrimental, statements like these can encourage inequality and a mindset that is less inclusive and equitable than intended. Instead of telling children to “man up”, fathers should demonstrate what being a real man means to their children. By a “real man”, I don’t mean the macho, […]

A year already? Life lessons from the first year of fatherhood

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How can 365 days fly by so fast, especially after the first 6 weeks took so long? It feels like no time has passed since I stood in the operating room in the hospital next to my wife and was quickly handed not one but two greenish, slimy, fragile looking potatoes with spindly limbs. It would take a few more hours for it to sink in that I was a father now. Actually, it might […]

Even Abraham Lincoln was parent-shamed

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Even Abraham Lincoln was parent-shamed Guilt trips about sleeping arrangements with your baby. “Well-meaning advice” about the right time to feed or sleep.Criticism about breast-feeding choices. Parents are no strangers to being shamed about their decisions regarding how they chose to raise their children. But this is not a modern day phenomenon. This kind of second-guessing and criticality has existed toward parents since antiquity. Even Abraham Lincoln, old Honest Abe, was no stranger to it. […]

This summer, skip the toys and take a family vacation instead

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This summer, skip the toys and take a family vacation instead Think back to your childhood. What do you remember most vividly about it? If recent research is to be believed, it likely won’t be the toys you got or things you played with, but the vacations you took with your family and experiences you had. New research shows that it is our experiences, notably the time we spend with our families when young children, […]

Why is my baby in daycare always getting sick?

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Why is my baby in daycare always getting sick? It isn’t just you and your kids, since starting daycare this year our boys seem to come down with a new illness every week. For the first 6 months of their lives, they barely had the sniffles. Ok well except for the hospital trip and our NICU stay. Since starting this year though, we’ve gone through a carousel of snot, sneezing, coughing, and messy diapers on […]

You are keeping your kids up too late

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You are keeping your kids up too late As a father of twins, on rare occasions I make it out of the house at night after putting the twins to bed. At these times, I am shocked by the number of infants and toddlers I see out after 8:00 at night. These poor kids often appear cranky or irritable, and no wonder. They are not getting enough sleep at night or stretching too long between […]