The ‘Toy Drop’ Game Is The Easiest Way to Keep Toddlers Amused and Busy

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This post originally appeared at https://www.fatherly.com/play/game-easiest-way-keep-toddlers-engaged-play/ ‘Toy Drop’ is a game I inadvertently discovered when my twin toddlers saw me picking up their toys and dropping them in a box ⏤ and then volunteered to help out. They were too young to actually clean up their own toys upon request, but their natural impulse to mimic kicked in and before I knew it, they started grabbing and dropping everything in sight. What would normally be […]

12 reasons I picked Portugal for our second vacation with two-year-old twins

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Portugal is one of the hottest destinations in the world right now and poised to get more popular. Thanks to an incredible shoreline, delicious food right from the sea, friendly locals, and still affordable prices for tourists, it’s no wonder more and more tourists are choosing Portugal for vacations. It’s not just for jet-setters and beach-going nightclubbers, though. With awesome food, a delightful local wine cuisine, and plenty of affordable and family friendly accommodations often […]

This $25 Wooden Xylophone Keeps My Twins Occupied for Hours

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This post originally appeared at https://www.fatherly.com/gear/hape-pound-tap-xylophone/ As a kid, I grew up with music. Whether it was my dad’s trippy ’70s prog rock or my mom’s Abba and show tunes, the stereo was always on in our house. The minute I was allowed to play an instrument, I signed up ⏤ first for the clarinet and eventually, once marching band started, the saxophone. My younger sister did as well, although she wisely chose the more […]

Paternity Leave Wasn’t Exactly What I Expected

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This post originally appeared on TheBump Going into my six weeks of paternity leave, I expected to be busy, but thought I would have ample time to work on the projects around the house and side projects I had been thinking about for years. I believed I would have time during naps and while my twins played peacefully to finally clean up rooms and build the projects I’d been designing for some time. This turned […]

How I Deal With My Toddlers Loving Day Care More Than Me

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This post originally appeared at https://www.thebump.com/a/toddlers-love-day-care When they were just little bundled up infants, my twin boys would cry when I left them at day care. They would miss me so much I couldn’t even get out the door before the crying would start. These days, as two independent toddlers, they go running in the door and barely look back at me. It’s nice to know they love the day care and the teachers so […]

5 Reasons I switched to my grandfather’s film camera to document my twins’ childhood

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For the first two years of their lives, I took thousands of pictures of my twin boys on my phone. With the cloud backing them up and social media perfect for sharing, it worked great for keeping everyone in touch. With recently privacy breaches and data leaks, I started to reconsider how much of their lives I capture online. Right around the same time, I rediscovered a camera my grandfather had owned that thanks to […]

9 No-Stress Tips For Eating Out With Baby

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No one wants to get kicked out of a restaurant because their children can’t behave. For many parents, the fear of children throwing a tantrum and disturbing other diners keeps them at home. And before they know it, cooking at home and delivery become the default way of life for years, with a date night maybe once a month. It doesn’t have to be like this! I’m here to tell you that parents can still […]

Raising Northern European Russian Christian Jewish twins

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My twins love bagels, lox, especially Norwegian salmon, schnitzel, potatoes, and borscht. Ok it might just be that they love all food, but my multicultural children also take inspiration from their backgrounds if you ask me. While many families still have traditional background of the same cultures, it’s becoming more common for kids to have parents from different cultures, forming a rich tapestry of culture from their past. In our case, it’s a fairly small […]

13 Essentials For Traveling With Baby, Tried And Tested By A Dad Of Twins

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This post originally appeared on TheBump Traveling with children doesn’t have to be a high-stress event that ends in tears and tantrums—especially for parents. The days of family vacations in the back of a station wagon that you remember from your youth are over and there are so many more things to keep your kids occupied and happy than just playing license plate bingo. A massive selection of products are available to parents that can […]

What It’s Like To Be Treated As The Lesser Parent, According To A Dad

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This post originally appeared on TheBump I’m not a babysitter. I’m not a best friend. I’m not the muscle. I’m a dad, and not only can I change a diaper as well as my wife—I choose to. But at most places I go, I don’t even have the option to change my sons because the men’s rooms don’t have changing tables. Even when I can, I know on the way there or back, at least […]