Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Calm Before the School Day Starts

By Jason Grant

Starting school last year was difficult for our family. It seemed like every morning for the first month my son Jake would break down when he got to the classroom, begging me not to leave. It broke my heart.

His teachers finally approached me and explained he might do better if he had a consistent morning routine. At the time, we didn't have a routine. Getting him ready for school was chaotic. So I developed a plan where he would wake up and go potty then have breakfast, get dressed and watch TV for a bit while we waited to walk out the door. Surely it would work.

It did for a while, but soon it turned back into chaos again. Unfortunately, as a person with Tourette's syndrome, I easily get frustrated. When facing an unexpected challenge, I can go from peaceful to rage in 2.4 seconds. And as always, frustration at home translated to a hard day at school for Jake. I was worried.

Finally, my wife Lori reminded me that Jake and I are uniquely connected. We feed off each other's moods and if I push, he pushes harder. If I were to loosen up and not be so rigid with his routine in the mornings, things might change for the better. Remain firm, yet flexible.

Lori was right. When I started loosening the reins I found that mornings became easier. When Jake insisted on watching TV instead of getting dressed and having breakfast, I struck a bargain with him. Instead of forcing him into his room to get dressed before TV time, Jake can watch TV in the morning if he cooperates and gets dressed at the same time.

It also helps for me to enter the morning routine aware that he is not even 4 years old yet. It's his job to push my buttons and I have to make sure he doesn't get me riled up. His day at school depends on mornings with me being calm and peaceful. Now I know. And knowing is half the battle.

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Jason S. Grant is a full-time dad, a contributing blogger for the NYC Dads Group, and a professional writer who spreads awareness of Tourette’s syndrome and its related disorders.

By far, the best and most challenging job Jason has ever held is being a dad to his 3-year-old son Jake. Jason also loves his wife, Lori more than anything else. You can read more about Jason and Jake at Daddylogue.

Friday, August 29, 2014

NYC Dads Group Assemble and Meet Marvel's Avengers in Times Square!

By Chad R. MacDonald
NYC Dads Group pose as superheroes at Marvel's Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N Exhibit
NYC Dads Group pose as superheroes at Marvel's Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N Exhibit
An advantage of living in New York is that the city has so much to offer. There’s a lot to see, a lot to do. But it’s fun to share the city with a group of friends, too. It’s an uncomfortable slice of life, that when you have children, you disappear from your single friends for a while.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my son. Liam is precocious, intelligent and great company. He’s a beautiful boy in a good mood all of the time, which puts me in a good mood, putting him in a better mood, and so on and so on. We have a great time together. But it’s nice to hang out with the guys, too. The NYC Dads Group provides those opportunities.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

NYC Summer for Me and My Girl, Part 2

By Christopher Persley

New York City remains a truly wonderful place to raise a child, with my daughter and I continuing to have some wonderful adventures this summer (read about the first series of adventures here). The diverse experiences my daughter has experienced during her life to date are remarkable. Hopefully, there will be more to come ...

Moonwalking!Moonwalking at the Michael Jackson's birthday celebration in Brooklyn on August 24.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Cartoon Dads That Defy the ‘Doofus’ Stereotype

By Dave Lesser

When you’re a stay-at-home dad, you watch more children’s cartoons than you might prefer. It’s natural to start analyzing, some might say overanalyzing, them. Therefore, I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure that Doc McStuffins and WordGirl both have stay-at-home dads.

Only a stay-at-home dad would do THIS.Only a stay-at-home dad would do THIS.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

My Day with 311

By Adam Gertsacov

On Friday, I got up really early to go into the city.  My brother was in from Colombia, so we had an early morning breakfast as is our wont. Breakfast at 8 am at the Grey Dog on University. Last time we were there, Alec Baldwin was there, but he didn't recognize me. Maybe this time.

I get up and drive to the subway. I've usually got great parking kharma, but today there are no spaces available.

Oh, what's this – an open spot? What's the sign say? “No Parking, 7AM - 4PM School Days.

Is today a school day? It's summer, but it's Friday. I'm not sure.

I call 311.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

7 Ways Pro Athletes Are Like Toddlers

By Lorne Jaffe

You wouldn't think it to look at them, but our favorite professional baseball, basketball, football, hockey and soccer players have a ton in common with wee toddlers. How so? Let us count the ways?

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