Musings

New Traditions: Family Movie Night

New Traditions: Family Movie Night

We have a pile of unwatched movies and I bet you do too. They might be physical DVDs or Blurays, or they might be a virtual stack on NetFlix or Amazon Prime, but they sit there, taunting you, year after year. I got sick of it and instituted a family movie night. We take turns Read More

Gift Guide: Adult Coloring Books and Colored Pencils

Gift Buying: Adult Coloring Books and Colored Pencils

From baby’s first scribbles to DaVinci’s sculptures, there is a huge continuum in what is art. Most of us don’t progress very far on that continuum, but the new generation of adult coloring books and colored pencils let us feel like we have. The thing I love about it is that no matter what your Read More

Breastfeeding When You Are A Wet Nurse

Breastfeeding When You are a Wet Nurse

It may not be the oldest profession, but it’s gotta come close. No, not that one. Being a wet nurse. Wet nurses breastfeed babies who aren’t their own. Through much of history, wealthy families employed them to feed and take care of the children so the mom didn’t have to. But wet-nurses weren’t only for Read More

Discussing Hot-Button Topics

Discussing Hot-Button Topics

Originally published on The Moderate Mom. “Never discuss politics and religion” is reasonable advice for day to day harmony, because the topics bring out such strong feelings, but it has led to some unpleasant long-term side effects. People truly do not understand how people can have different belief than they do because people do not Read More

Go Play in the Rain!

Go Play in the Rain!

Originally published on The Moderate Mom.  Seriously. The next time it rains, just go play in the rain with your kid. Heck, take a walk and enjoy it by yourself! You won’t melt, although your glasses may get water spots. Do you remember what it was like as a little kid? Little kids run in Read More

Modern School: A Culture of Fear

Modern School: A Culture of Fear

My kids love their schools, but it doesn’t take long to figure out that the zero tolerance policies modern schools have been forced into a position where they have a culture of fear for the students, teachers, and administrators. There really aren’t a lot of areas where zero tolerance makes sense and those where it Read More

Our Logo, Explained

Our Logo, Explained

Wise Fathers is a site for fathers and father figures, but we do also hope moms will enjoy our content. Our main logo illustrates our view of parenting: Like Shel Silverstein’s Giving Tree, we are here to nurture and protect our children as they grow, and to support them when they are grown. As we looked Read More

Finding Purpose and Working Toward It

Finding Purpose and Working Toward It

Everyone, no matter how little, has things they haven’t done that they want to do–goals. As we grow up, our goals become more complex and longer term. They advance from grabbing our toes to walking to making people understand us to school and sports goals and eventually getting into college and getting a good job Read More

Family & Food: The Reasons for the Season

Family & Food: The Reasons for the Season

It is December and the holiday season is getting into full swing. I have always shopped throughout the year, so my shopping was done by sometime in November. Now that I have kids, it is even more important to me to have most of my shopping done by then because it lets me spend December Read More

Choosing Godparents

Choosing Godparents

Depending on your faith, you may need to know who your child’s godparents will be almost as soon as they are born, or maybe not until years later. But what goes into choosing a Godparent or what they are expected to do? Is it a legally binding relationship? What family pressures do you have? No one Read More