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Children Fatherhood Parenting

Instagram Dads vs. Real Dads

We’ve all seen it — an image of a father and his child, perfectly framed, beautifully lit, adorned with smiles and a caption of how much they adore being a parent.

I look at those photos and I’m envious. I have a few of them, but not a collection like some I’ve seen online. I’ve been to wonderful places with my children and we’ve experienced some fantastic things, but nearly all of my pictures are either selfies or family poses that often look forced.

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Writing

My Very Best Writing of 2019

Is it really going to be 2020?

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Lessons Life Love Marriage

A Wedding Is Not a Marriage

The ceremony should serve as the base camp of a mountain, but far too many people treat it like the peak

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The Pierznik Monthly

The Pierznik Monthly Newsletter Volume 57 (July 2019)

The July 2019 newsletter includes thoughts on going to the beach with kids, the quiet reconciliation of Lennon & McCartney, podcasts, organizing my library, and, of course, the latest books I encountered.

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Children Fatherhood Lessons Life Parenting

My Children Help Me Battle My OCD (Just By Being Themselves)

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“Life is a long lesson in humility.”

— James Barrie

It’s a cliché that having a child changes your life forever, but things become clichés because they’re true, and one of the biggest adjustments is just how much stuff children come with and how difficult it is to keep it all organized.

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Children Fatherhood Life Parenting

As a Father of Girls…

As a father of girls…

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Children Parenting

6 Gift Ideas for the New Parent in Your Life

Did you or someone close to you just have a baby?

Congratulations! Your life will never be the same!

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Children Fatherhood

Our IVF Journey

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.”

Robert Louis Stevenson

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My second time visiting an operating room as an expectant father was different from the first in a variety of ways.

It was in a different hospital in a different city with different doctors.

Most of all, though, it was planned.

The baby was so big that a Cesarean section (C-section) was scheduled on the morning of her due date. We arrived at the hospital at 6:30 a.m., my wife was being prepped at 7:30, and she was taken into the OR at 8:30.

At 9:07 a.m., we had a big, healthy baby girl.

For the second time.

When our brand new daughter was first given to us, my wife looked at her and said, “It took so long for you to get here.”

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The Pierznik Monthly

The Pierznik Monthly Reading Review Volume 40 (January 2018) – Special Children’s Edition

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For my first monthly reading review newsletter of 2018, I decided to do something a bit different and focus on the children’s books that my daughter has loved over the first five-and-a-half years of her life.

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My Child Made Me Love Christmas Again

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My life did not turn out the way I would have expected.