I Am Jack’s Sibling Rivalry

I have a younger brother and an older sister.  I am a middle child.  I don’t often sit back and reflect on my life as a middle child.  I don’t feel as though I need to.  All that happened went, I believe, as it should have for better or worse.  I’m still here, so clearly …

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I Am Jack’s “Very Mad”

The things that we’ve seen, indeed. I was wholly unprepared to be a father before Jack was born.  This isn’t necessarily a judgement on my character, although that was long overdue.  I don’t think any one can possibly be prepared for what awaits.  Some may have a more healthy mindset than others or a higher …

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I Am Jack’s Self-Assuredness

That’s right.  Sometimes just when it seems like you know exactly what you’re doing, a little bit of life comes along and punches you in the eye. I am in the uncomfortable habit of worrying.  I know.  I know.  Intellectually I know better.  I am aware of what a waste of time and energy that …

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I Am Jack’s Negative Attention

The first two months of Charlie’s life were intense.  Outside of the usual mix of chaos and slightly less chaos that comes with a new baby, Allison and I were being kept on our toes by the unpredictable nature of Charlie’s older brother, Jack.  Jack is four and he’s recently realized quite a few things. …

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I Am Jack’s California Dreamin’

I’ve lately been thinking about my own upbringing and how that helped to inform my behavior as a father, or even how it hinders it.  I am talking less about the “what my parents did or didn’t do” part of it and more the environment in which I was raised.  I was born and brought …

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