My 5 Goals for an Amazing Summer with my Kids

Summer Sunset

I usually feel like I don’t spend enough time with my family, and that feeling gets worse in the summer. I definitely don’t want to be the dad who works through every vacation. But, alas, I’m a bit of a workaholic. I not only have my normal full-time career, but also two part-time jobs.

So I’ve made a few summer resolutions I’m hoping might help make sure the season goes down as an enjoyable one instead of one that I wasted working, again.

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My Daughter is Seriously Good at Creeping me Out

Creepy Kid

There are many awesome parts about having a Halloween baby. Then there’s the creepy parts. Creepy can also be awesome, but it does definitely catch me off-guard sometimes.

Kids have built-in weirdness, but my daughter seems to fully embrace her unusual side. As long as she uses it for good, I’m okay with that. Of course, the fact that she was born on Halloween is a coincidence.

Kids don’t need an excuse to creep their parents out. But my daughter happens to exhibit this sort of behavior more than her brother. She’s also great at emoting, which makes anything she does memorable.

Here are just a few of the ways she’s made me raise an eyebrow.

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I Joked about Getting Fired, and Kind of Freaked my Kid Out

Kids Hearing

I’m decent (not great) at avoiding profanity around my kids. But I tend to have loose lips with other topics that I never considered to be a potential issue. For example, after a bad week at work, I made an offhanded comment to some friends that I’m lucky I didn’t get fired.

My son immediately asked me to rewind in my conversation and go over what I had said again. He really looked worried. By this point in his life, he not only realizes that money provides him with safety and comfort, but that my job is the primary source of money in our household.

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4 Lessons I Learned from a Family Trip to Hawaii

Hawaii

After years of planning and saving, our family finally managed to take a dream vacation in Hawaii. Getting there, which involved 14 hours of flying and shifting through five time zones, was a pain. Returning home introduced challenges. Everything in between was paradise.

While my wife and I had taken a similar vacation for our honeymoon, our kids had never traveled so far or spent so long away from home. As a result, the whole trip was a learning experience. In addition to plenty of souvenirs, we took the following lessons home with us.

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Raising Future Gentleman Isn’t As Straightforward As It Seems

Boy CrusaderEvery school day, my daughter waits at the bus stop with another girl and a little boy. The parents chat in the cold until the bus finally rolls around the corner and down the block. As the kids line up, the boy’s father tells his son to show some chivalry and let the girls go first.

Because this has become daily routine, the words “Ladies first” have stuck in my head. I definitely don’t want to fault the dad for trying to raise a gentleman. But I now wonder what the definition of a gentleman really is. Does chivalry serves its purpose in a society where people better recognize gender inequality?

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