Tag Archives: Stay-at-home Dads

Privacy

One of the things that I had a real tough time with was the all of a sudden lack of privacy when you start havin a toddler following you everywhere around the house.  In particular when it came to toilet time.  I’ve always been a private pooper.  I want total seclusion and total privacy, preferably with a fan to drown out any noise.  I like to take my time with a section of the newspaper and enjoy my brief respite from the workaday world.  Then came the children.  A toddler has no sense of boundaries.  He gets into the shampoo drawer, climbs around the tub, gets behind the toilet, finds an old sock and tries to pull your underwear from around your ankles all the while you are in varying stages of concentration.  I’m not sure what the solution is for this or even if there is one, I just wonder when we learn that it’s not ok to touch someone’s knee when they’re doing their business.  Hopefully soon.  Unfortunately, I think this paradise is already lost.  My sanctuary is violated by busy hands and curious critters and once violated the peace will never return. *sigh* Oh yeah, don’t forget that your toddler will want a good long look at the fruits of your labor and will want to send it on it’s way.  I guess you wouldn’t want them to have issues, right?  Anyways, amusing anecdotes are welcome and I hope you can find some kind of peace when comes that time.

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Who do you Trust?

Vaccinations are a big issue for me.  I’ve got both my boys vaccinated but it’s hard to know if it’s the right thing to do.  I’ve read the reports from the CDC and various other medical publications and even glanced at some of the more original theories from random websites.   Even the most hardline anti-vaccinator would have to admit that the virtual elimination of polio has to be a good thing.  Think about it, how many people do you know have polio? If you lived in the 50’s you would probably know one or two personally.  Polio didn’t go away because we started eating at Taco Bell, it went away because there was a nationwide effort to get all children vaccinated.   With this one I’m gonna trust my pediatrician.  I mean this guy has (theoretically) studied this right?   He looks at sick kids all day and keeps up on the latest info.  Hopefully he knows more than some corn-holin’ bourbon drinker from some compound in Idaho with an axe to grind and internet access.  In summary, if you don’t trust your pediatrician more than a faceless stranger on the Internet then maybe you should find another doc.