Author Archive for Mr. Bee


The Surprising Power of the Snuggle

Life in our family has radically changed for us since we changed how we parent Charlie a few months ago. We used to really struggle with my son’s listening (and by listening, I mean, not listening). But after we started adding more snuggles to our routine, we’ve seen an enormous change in his behavior. He […]

What dads really want for Father’s Day

Father’s Day means different things to different people. * One of my friends insists on spending the whole day together with his entire family. His perfect Father’s Day would be a trip to the beach with his wife and two kids. * Meanwhile, another friend has pretty much the opposite perfect Father Day. He wants […]


The 5 Love Languages of Children

One day, my son just stopped listening to me. At first, he developed “selective hearing”: he wouldn’t hear me the first time I said something, but would hear (and usually listen) the second or third time. But then his case of selective hearing developed into something far more serious: full-on defiance, and a refusal to […]

A Children’s Book To Prep Your Kids For Potty Training, and Help With Childhood Constipation

When our son struggled with potty training and constipation a few years ago, we turned to Tom DuHamel, PhD AKA Dr. Tom. He used to be the Chief Psychologist at Seattle Children’s Hospital, and has been working with sufferers of childhood constipation for 30 years. He wrote a book called, The Ins And Outs Of Poop, which […]

How I Learned to Stop Raising My Voice and Get to School On Time

The other morning, Charlie was late for school and as usual, he wasn’t listening to anything we said. I was growing increasingly exasperated but trying to hold it together and get out the door. “Charlie, put your shorts on! We’re gonna be late for school!!” “Ok, ok!” he said back to me in the exact […]


Date Night Swaps: How To Go On a Date Without Paying a Babysitter

On our first wedding anniversary after Charlie was born, Bee and I went out on our first real date in almost a year.  We had a great time, watching a Broadway show and grabbing dinner.  It was a big splurge, but felt worth it. What we hadn’t counted on though, was the cost of babysitting.  […]


The 3 Best Apps Ever, According To My Kids: Endless Alphabet, Reader and Numbers

Olive has had some developmental delays, and has been a reluctant reader to boot. So I was amazed a few months ago as I was reading her “The Monster At The End of this Book,” and she started reading the letters on the page for the first time ever: “S… H… H… H… H…” I […]

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