From the "skepdad" category:
This might be the blog you’re looking for. Skepdad was this guy who tried really hard to be a good and rationally-minded parent, but often balked at the irrationalities of the world around him. I wrote a blog specifically devoted to that topic for about four years, but couldn’t keep pace with the demands for new material while simultaneously living the values I was espousing in my writing. Effectively it came down to this: there are no easy answers to this fatherhood thing. I opted to shutter that blog and focus on storytelling about my life and other interests in this blog alone. Sometimes skepdad peeks out from the curtain, and those posts — and many of the old skepdad archives — live here.
So, we’ve looked and we’ve looked and we can’t find it. See, each week, Claire’s grade one class does library day. They get to pick out two books: an English book and a French book. They check them out, and are supposed to bring them home and read them, then bring them back one week later. This week, however, one of her books has gone missing. I don’t even remember that she brought it home to be honest, and though we’ve looked, turning the house upside down, we can’t seem to find it anywhere. The replacement fee: $15. The question then pops up: do we pay… or does she? Do we pull the mean parenting trick of “you lost it, so it comes out of your allowance” — which is like two months worth of chores for her, and dips into the cash she’s been diligently saving for our upcoming vacation — or do we compromise and find some other solution and fitting punishment… if anything? After all, it may be that I’m the one who put it somewhere when I was cleaning up and my age-addled brain has plum forgot.
A few months ago we booked a cruise vacation leaving from Port Canaveral, Florida, a little chunk of land that is in booster-exhaust-sniffing range of one Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center.read the full post ⇒
The doting, geeky father that I am, thought I would share some thoughts not only on how we\’ll be spending some of our father-daughter time over this particular break, but that I would do so in the form of a handy list.read the full post ⇒