• Kids

    My Son, the Country Music Singer

    I’m pretty sure I don’t always make the right parenting decisions. I don’t follow all the latest parenting trends; I don’t subscribe to all the things the experts say you should do (or not do).  I, like other parents, don’t really know if the things I let (or don’t let) my kids do today will scar them in the future or set them up for great things.  So I do the best I can and just go with my gut. We like country music in my house.  A lot. Weekend mornings mean country music videos; car rides mean Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Blake Shelton from my iPod on repeat. …

  • Kids

    The Many Adventures of a Mini Road Trip

    A solo road trip with young kids can be a scary proposition.  Not a lot of upside – if they’re good and quiet, it’s still not enjoyable because you ride with the anxiety that the mood will turn any moment.  Now the downside, however, is pretty significant.  There is not much worse that being stuck in a car with a screaming baby or toddler, by yourself, when they are flipping out and there is nothing (short of pulling over) that you can do to stop it.  You’ll try anything – sing, make funny noises, turn on the music, turn it up, turn it up even louder – anything to make…