Author Archive for Mr. Bee


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 [...]


Talking About the Birds and the Bees with Kids, Part 1

Now that our son is 4 1/2, he’s started to ask more questions about the birds and the bees. When I was a kid, most parents would wait as long as they could before having a Big Talk with their children (usually way after it would have been useful). Or, they would completely avoid the [...]


A True Sensory Experience: Botanic Gardens

Ever since we realized our daughter Olive was a “sensory seeker,” we’ve been on the constant lookout for sensory experiences for her. Sensory experiences stimulate her sensory stimuli – so we’ve been on the lookout for pretty much anything that she can see, touch, feel, smell, and taste. To our surprise, one of the best [...]


The Scourge of Entitlement, And 7 Ways to Fight Back

I can’t stand whining, so we’ve been working really hard to keep our kids from getting entitled. Sometimes we slip though, and it’s amazing how quickly entitlement can rear its ugly head!  Quick example: Charlie had a fever yesterday morning, so he stayed home from school.  After his temp was down, we went on a [...]


Four ways to build trust and love without words

We’ve had a lot of luck building trust with our older son.  It’s been a bit trickier with our daughter, because she’s younger and not as verbal as her brother was at the same age. To help with that, we started looking for  ways to build trust and love without having to use words.  They’ve [...]

The Gatekeeping Dynamic, aka Why So Many Dads Step Up After a Second Kid

In the year after Charlie was born, I didn’t do nearly as much as I could have to help raise my son — or even to help out around the house.  My excuse at the time was that I was working long hours at my job, which was true.  But when Bee got pregnant with [...]


4 ways to build trust with your kids

We’ve worked over the years to build a strong relationship of trust and love with the kids. I think that this strong trust has really helped us weather the storms of toddler tantrums and preschooler behavior problems. I really love this picture of Bee and Charlie from last summer, because you can tell how close [...]

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