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By Daddy Clay Thursday, October 17th, 2013
For a guy that sets being a good dad atop his list of ambitions, it’s hard to confess to behavior that is irresponsible or unmanly. Behold the courage as I do both.
First things first: Being irresponsible. I admit that for months, maybe even for more than a year, I have allowed for there to be no operational smoke detectors in my house. At this point, all firefighters and insurance adjusters have left the room. I can feel you judging me. Read the rest of this entry »
By Daddy Clay Friday, August 16th, 2013
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The electric bill. Not something parents typically think of as a powerful teaching tool, especially during the summer. But if you think about it, how many life lessons have electric bills motivated over the years? How many reminders, lectures and castigations about the importance of saving energy has that little monthly envelope brought about?
Without the electric bill, how much less reasoning, nagging, pleading and finger-wagging on the subject of energy conservation would there be? How many millions of times would, “When you leave the room, turn off the…” be left unsaid?
The electric bill turns all parents into environmentalists.
That’s my problem. I last paid an electric bill 17 years ago. That’s when I moved onto the campus of a boarding school. The school covers our utilities. Tough problem, you may be saying, but one consequence: My kids have grown up without being constantly harangued about turning off the lights, and it shows. Read the rest of this entry »
By Daddy Clay Wednesday, August 14th, 2013
There was tension, as Coop and I prepared to splinter off from the family and take a side trip to Washington DC. We would be missing the last weekend on Cape Cod, flying in the face of a tradition established at the formation of our family. When I asked my wife about the whereabouts of Coop’s swimsuit or Kindle in order to pack them, her reply was very to the point.
Even Coop seemed a little uncertain. Without wanting to seem unenthusiastic about our upcoming bonding moment, he asked cautiously about what would be going on at the Cape while we were gone.
We always go to the Cape for the summer. We go and we stay.
As a result, our kids have a deep and meaningful attachment to the place. They have time for long-term activities, like participating in the local sail racing team and getting part-time jobs. We’ve built long term friendships with other families there. We stay long enough to overlap with all the cousins. My children are deeply familiar with an ecology and culture as different from our Austin home as the continent will permit.
It’s fabulous, and I wouldn’t change a thing about it. Read the rest of this entry »
By Daddy Clay Friday, May 10th, 2013
Suddenly it’s parent celebration season again! Ladies first, of course. So, moms, please step forward and scoop up the thanks and goodies that you so richly deserve. A quick search of the DadLabs archives is enough to reveal that we have sadly, in our reckless efforts to serve dads, sorely underserved this holiday in the past.
Never fear, Concretin Nik is here! Our fearless community leader has a post that will arrive on the very Day of Mothers. We hope that you will check that out and leave some responses.
Our plans in Casa Five Cents are pretty low key. After serving mom breakfast in bed (or letting her sleep in) I’ll slip off to run the the Daisy 5K with whatever kids I can bribe to come along. We’ll make mom dinner. Then I’ll give her the big news. Read the rest of this entry »